Orioles minor league rundown - 6/25/2014

Buck Britton, ace pitcher - Elaina Ellis/Norfolk Tides

The affiliates went 1-3 with a rainout, as the Tides were pounded for 16 runs, the Ironbirds wasted a solid Severino start, and the Baysox continued to benefit from the recently promoted Mancini and Yastrzemski.

Norfolk Tides 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 16

The Norfolk Tides did not have a good day yesterday. They Pawtucket Red Sox beat them up, stole their lunch, and punched their grandma. After Nick Additon, Kelvin De La Cruz, and Clay Rapada combined to give up 13 runs in six innings, the Tides called on position player Cord Phelps to stop the bleeding. Instead he gave up three runs of his own in one inning. So Phelps swapped positions with 3B Buck Britton, who was the only Tides pitcher not to give up a run. In fact, he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Well done, Buck!

On a normal night, five runs is pretty good. But in this game it was kind of an afterthought. DH Xavier Paul had a big night with three hits with a double and a home run. Britton also doubled in the game. He hits AND pitches! CF Julio Borbon had two hits and a walk as well.

Bowie Baysox 7, Trenton Thunder 3

Anthony Vasquez started for the Baysox and gave up three runs in six innings pitched. He gave up eight hits, two walks, and hit a batter, so there were runners all over the place. But he only allowed runs in the second inning, when he gave up a two-run homer, and in the fifth when he gave up a run on two doubles. Vasquez was relieved by Steve Hensley, who pitched two perfect innings, and Juan Morillo faced just three batters in the ninth thanks to a double play ball.

The Baysox big inning on offense was the fifth, when they scored four runs thanks to doubles by 2B David Adams and C David Freitas (#TeamDave) and back-to-back homers from 3B Niuman Romero and DH Nolan Reimold. Romero had three hits in the game while Reimold and Freitas each picked up two. 1B Christian Walker had a triple, CF Dariel Alvarez went 0-for-4, and Michael Ohlman did not play.

Frederick Keys 3, Winston-Salem Dash 2 - SUSPENDED

The Keys and Dash were suspended in the fourth inning for rain. The game will be completed tomorrow at noon, followed by a seven-inning version of their regularly scheduled game. Mark Blackmar started the game for the keys and pitched four innings. He managed to give up two runs despite allowing only two hits and no walks. One run scored in the first inning courtesy of a single, two sacrifice flies, and a balk. The other scored in the third inning on a double, a sac bunt, and a ground out.

All three Keys' runs scored in the third inning. Mike Yastrzemski knocked in one on a sacrifice fly and the other two came on a two-run double by Trey Mancini.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, West Virginia Power 7

Shorebirds' starter Mitch Horacek started last night's game looking good, giving up just one single and one walk through four innings. But things fell apart in a hurry after that, and he ended up giving up five runs in just 5 1/3 innings pitched. Three singles, a double, a wild pitch, and a stolen base contributed to his miserable fifth inning, but he got out of it and came back for the sixth. That may have been a mistake. Four of the five batters he faced reached base before he was mercifully pulled from the game.

Even with those shenanigans, the Shorebirds took a tie game to the ninth inning, but Dylan Rheault gave up two runs to lose it. On offense, catcher Chance Sisco had a big night, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, and 3B Drew Dosch also had three hits. RF Anthony Vega and 2B Jeff Kemp also doubled.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 1, Brooklyn Cyclones 5

Catcher Alex Murphy hit a first-inning home run in the game, the only offense the now 1-12 Ironbirds mustered in the entire game. They had only one other hit in the game, a single by CF Oswill Lartiguez in the eighth inning. The Ironbirds also took three walks, two by Murphy and one by SS Justin Viele.

Janser Severino started the game for the Ironbirds and had a nice night. He pitched six innings with 5 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and a 7/3 ground out to fly out ratio. He gave up two runs, but just one was earned thanks to a fielding error by 2B Steve Wilkerson in the fifth inning. His relief, Ivan Hernandez, wasn't as good. After a perfect seventh inning, Hernandez gave up three runs on four singles and a triple.

For more details on these games as well as the games in the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast Leagues, check out MiLB.com.

Today's Games

Norfolk Tides @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: TBD

Bowie Baysox @ Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 pm
Baysox SP: Tim Berry

Frederick Keys vs. Winston-Salem Dash, 12:00 pm
Keys SP (game 2): Brady Wager

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. West Virginia Power, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Steven Brault

Aberdeen Ironbirds @ Brooklyn Cyclones, 7:00 pm
Ironbirds SP: TBD

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