Exciting day for the organization as Hunter Harvey and Dariel Alvarez took part in the Futures Game...
Harvey's inning for Team USA went strikeout, strikeout, double, walk, ground out. Threw 22 pitches, 11 strikes.— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 13, 2014
Eduardo Encina is also reporting that Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez will be promoted to Norfolk following their participation in the Eastern League All Star Game. Speculation on roster moves may begin, though the organization released Tim Alderson from Norfolk today and Randy Wolf also opted out of his contract. Alderson was a former first round pick that had twice been named a top 100 prospect by Baseball America. The Orioles acquired him for Russ Canzler last summer.
Norfolk Tides 2, Gwinnett Braves 1
Great outing for young Tyler Wilson as he shut the Braves down over seven tough innings. Wilson allowed seven baserunners and an unearned run while striking out six. He's only allowed five earned runs in 20 innings since earning promotion from Bowie. Apparently, Wilson now has 12 wins across affiliates which ties him with Henry Owens of Portland for most wins in MiLB (h/t Melewski).
Offensively, it was a AAAA kind of night as Jemile Weeks and Francisco Peguero drive in the Tides runs and Brett Wallace was the only Tide to reach base twice. Brock Huntzinger and Evan Meek both pitched perfect innings if relief.
Bowie Baysox 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 7
Some of the organization's brightest pitching prospects currently ply their wares at Bowie. If that sort of thing is your ball of yarn, tonight was not for you. Spectators were treated to a pupu platter of Jake "5RAE, Jr." Pettit, Marcel Prdao and Matt Bischoff. The results probably tracked with your expectations. Pettit was actually solid through five despite allowing a pair of runs early on, but allowed a two run homer in the sixth and was pulled in the seventh after allowing another run on his own. Marcel Prado allowed his inherited to score.
On the offensive side of things, it looks like David Adams has been attempting to bring a little drama to the race for the Lou Mantanez award. The 27 year old utility man homered and has slashed .333/.405./.545 in his last ten games. Swinging Sammie Starr hit his first AA home run. Christian Walker k'd thrice and singled while Garabez Rosa had a pair of singles. The Dominican middle infielder has hit .342 and slugged .500 in his last ten games.
Frederick Keys 1, Potomac Nationals 2 (13)
Mark Blackmar pitched another scoreless outing. The young Texan induced nine groundouts, walked a batter and allowed two hits. Lex Rutledge was not able to extend his modest scoreless appearance streak and allowed the winning run.
It's kind of amazing there were only three runs in this game as this mini Battle of the Beltways saw 26 baserunners and only three runs. Minor league baseball! Adrian Marin, Jerome Pena and Mike Yastrzemski all had multihit with Lil Yaz and Marin contributing doubles. Trey Mancini also doubled.
Delmarva Shorebirds 10, Lakewood Blue Claws 4
Every Shorebird got on base except for Anthony Caronia who was 0-5 with 2 Ks. Chance Sisco was godlike at the plate with a two double night in which he also singled and walked. Sisco drove in four runs, as well. Drew Dosch also had three hits. Greg Lorenzo swiped his 29th base of the season and has slashed .393/.439/.605 in his last ten games. Josh Hart tripled.
Mitch Horacek's outing was slighlty better than it seems on paper. Horacek was on pace for a quality start, but was left out for the start of the seventh, then pulled after allowing a single. Garrett Cortright allowed his inherited runner to score. Dylan Rheault pitched a perfect ninth.
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Auburn Doubledays 5
The Ironbirds almost completed a ninth comeback to continue their winning streak, but made the third out with the go ahead run at the plate.
DSL O's alum Oswill Lartiguez had a heckuva game 4-4 with an outfield assist. In his last ten games, Lartiguez has slashed .379/.471/.414 in his last ten games. In that stretch he's also walked five times and stolen four bases. Another key to the recent Ironbirds resurgnece, Riley Palmer hit his first professsional home run. Palmer has slashed .323/.400/.581 in his last ten games.
Steve Johnson allowed two earned runs in a rehab appearance.
For more info on these games, see MiLB.com.
Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels, 11:05 am
Baysox SP: Bud Norris
Frederick Keys vs Potomac Nationals, 6:00 pm
Keys SP: TBD