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Around The Minors: Saturday, April 20th

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Rainouts lead to a whole lotta baseball today

Zach Davies looks to be all of 12 years old. That'd be super young for the league.
Zach Davies looks to be all of 12 years old. That'd be super young for the league.
Tim Jacobsen

Delmarva: 3 Greensboro (Marlins): 5

Old Mill product Josh Hader made the start for the Shorebirds and had a rough night, going 5IP while allowing 5 H, 3 BBs, 2 HBP, 5 R (3 ER) and K'ing 2. He also uncorked 1 WP. Baltimore Sports and Life's Tucker Blair was tweeting from the game, and summed up Hader's night as so:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hader at 89 pitches through 5.0 IP. Seemed to lose some gas in last IP. showed great deception and poise on mound,even with command lacking.</p>&mdash; Tucker Blair (@BSLTuckerBlair) <a href="https://twitter.com/BSLTuckerBlair/status/325773163709464576">April 21, 2013</a></blockquote>

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So, some positives to be taken from his performance.

At the plate, SS/3B Joel Hutter continued his hot start to the season by going 2-3, w/ 1 BB. Christian Walker went 0-3 w/ 1 K, but drew 1 BB and drove in 1 RBI on a ground out. (RF) Creede Simpson also continued his good start to the season by going 1-3 w/ 1 BB and 1 RS. But he also committed an Error and K'd once. (SS) Adrian Marin went 0-3 w/ 1 BB and 2 Ks. He also committed a fielding Error.

GAME 1:
Frederick: 0 Potomac (Nats): 6

Zachary Davies took the bump for Frederick, but was unable to find the same success he'd managed in his first two starts. 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 R (4 ER), 2 WPs, and 1 Error. On the bright side, he recorded 5 Ks and sported a 7:1 GO:FO ratio. The offense certainly did him no favors either, though, as they were held to just 1 hit (Connor Narron) and 0 BBs. Of note: Glynn Davis went 0-3 w/ 2 Ks and Brenden Webb went 0-2.

GAME 2:

Frederick: 8 Potomac (Nats): 2

The offense woke up for this game, putting up a 5 run 2nd inning and a 3 run 4th inning. Glynn Davis went 0-2 but drew 3 BBs, scored 1 run, and drove in 2. Brenden Webb went 0-2, but did manage to reach base twice; once via BB and once via HBP. For some reason Josh Stinson, who had found some manner of success in Norfolk's rotation recently, was transferred to Frederick for this game in spite of being scheduled to start for the Tides today. Speculation was that he might be getting called up if the O's needed some 'pen depth tomorrow. That will not be the case as he pitched 2 innings, allowing 4 H and 1 ER while K'ing 1. Not sure what that's all about.

Bowie: 8 Akron (Indians): 1

On a cloudy, cold, and windy day in Ohio (doesn't get much more depressing than that, does it?) the Baysox just went about getting their work in for most of the game, hoping to get it over with quickly. A 1-0 game in Akron's favor heading into the 9th turned into an 8-1 blowout by the time the top of the 9th was over. Xavier Avery went 0-3 w/ 3 Ks, but walked twice, advanced via balk once, and scored a run. Ty Kelly went 1-5 and also sported 3 Ks on the day. But his 1 hit was a 2 RBI single, so...yay! He would later score a run. Henry Urrutia went 1-4, w/ 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Run scored, and 1 Outfield Assist.

GAME 1:

Norfolk: 4 Durham (TB): 10

Jason Pridie seemed to be the only Tide capable of figuring out Durham Starter Chris Archer, as he managed a 2-4, w/ 2 doubles off him. Russ Canzler went 0-3, w/ 1 BB and 2 Ks along w/ an Error. Jonathan Schoop managed a 1-3 night. But he also K'd once and had another error, his 5th this season. However, I asked (via twitter) a scout in attendance his thoughts on Schoop and he responded thusly:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>From What I've Seen: Jonathan Schoop continues to flash leather at SS but is too aggressive and anxious at the plate. Needs more patience.</p>&mdash; Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) <a href="https://twitter.com/BerniePleskoff/status/325755102210187264">April 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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So, basically, don't read too much into minor league Error stats. They don't tell you much regarding overall defensive ability.

GAME 2:

Norfolk: 3 Durham (TB): 5

Another game, another Major League quality starter on the mound for the Durham squad. This time Alex Torres carved up Tides hitters for most of the game. Canzler went 0-2, w/ 1 K and 1 HBP. Lew Ford went 0-2, w/ 1 K and 1 BB. LJ Hoes went 0-2, w/ 2 Ks and 1 BB. Jonathan Schoop managed to square a ball up, going 1-3, w/ a 2 RBI single to RF in the 5th.