Orioles minor league recap - 7/11/14

Branden Kline - Tim Jacobsen

The affiliates were 3-3 on the day. .500!

Norfolk Tides 4, Gwinnett Braves 7 (11)  - Game 1

The Tides and Braves played the first of two consecutive double headers yesterday, so of course both games went into extra innings. Starting pitcher Chris Jones kept the Braves off the board until the sixth inning, when they scored four runs. Two were charged to Jones, and two to his relief, Kelvin De La Cruz. The game was tied until the 11th inning, when Tim Alderson, who in his fifth inning himself, gave up three runs. Designated Hitter Cord Phelps came in to get the final two outs.

The box score for the offense looks pretty anemic, though CF Julio Borbon homered and Steve Lombardozzi (#TeamSteve) went 1-for-4.

Norfolk Tides 12, Gwinnett Braves 11 (8) - Game 2

This was a wild one that saw the Tides go up 6-1, then 7-2, before the Braves came back to go ahead 8-7. The Tides tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, sending the game to (doubleheader rules) extra innings. The Braves scored three in the top of the 8th but the Tides scored four in the bottom to walk off. It would have been a fun game to be at.

Josh Stinson made the start and gave up two runs over four innings. The big damage was to Even Meek, who was charged with six runs (just two earned) in 1/3 of an inning. The Tides did make two errors behind him, but he loaded the bases with no outs before doing so. Clay Rapada also gave up two runs.

DH Xavier Paul had three hits, including a home run, in the game. Catcher Steve Clevenger (#TeamSteve) continues to hit, and he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Bowie Baysox 3, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5

Tim Berry pitched well, giving up two runs in six innings with six strikeouts, but Julio DePaula, who just a few days ago spent the afternoon sitting in the Orioles bullpen, blew the game for him with three runs allowed in two innings.

RF Ronald Bermudez hit two doubles, and 2B David Adams also had two hits. CF Dariel Alvarez went 2-for-5, 1B Christian Walker was 0-for-4 with a walk, and catcher Michael Ohlman was 0-for-4.

Frederick Keys 0, Potomac Nationals 4

The Keys were held to just four singles and one walk in the game, and they struck out 11 times. Catcher Wynston Sawyer had two of the four hits.

Branden Kline gave up four runs in seven innings, with three of the runs coming in the sixth and seventh. He struck out four and walked two.

Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Lakewood Blue Claws 8

Luc Rennie had a bad night for the Birds, giving up nine hits and three walks in just four innings. Ouch. The good news is that only four of the five runs he allowed were earned?

Luckily, the offense had a big night in them and they were able to battle back for the win. LF Gregory Lorenzo went 3-for-5 with a double and catcher Chance Sisco also had three hits. But the night really belonged to Conor Bierfeldt, who put the Shorebirds ahead in the seventh inning with a grand slam. It was one of two hits on the night for Bierfeldt, the other was a double.

Aberdeen Ironbids 9, Batvia Muckdogs 4

Patrick Connaughton, the Orioles second (but not second-round) draft pick in 2014, had his troubles last night, giving up four runs on five hits in just 1 2/3 innings. But his mates bailed him out with David Hess, Matthew Grimes, and Ivan Hernandez combining to pitch 7 1/3 shutout innings with just two hits, no walks, and six strikeouts.

CF Jay Gonzalez was 2-for-4 and 1B Hector Veloz had a triple for the offense. DH Austin Anderson and LF Oswill Lartiguez also had two hits.

For more info on these games, as well as the games of the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues, check out MiLB.com.

Today's Games:

Norfolk Tides vs Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 pm - Game 1
Tides SP: Randy Wolf

Norfolk Tides vs Gwinnett Braves, Game 2
Tides SP: Mike Wright

Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 pm
Baysox SP: Zach Davies

Frederick Keys vs Potomac Nationals, 6:00 pm
Keys SP: Sebastian Vader

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Lakewood Blue Claws, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: TBD

Aberdeen Ironbirds vs Auburn Double Days, 7:05 pm
Ironbirds SP: TBD

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