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Around the Minors: 7/28/2013

Britton and Rodriguez take it on the chin...

Elaina Ellis

Norfolk 3, Rochester 14: While it's certainly true that the seven earned runs Zach Britton gave up didn't help matters, I can't imagine fielding a lineup that includes both Chris Snyder and Ronny Paulino is often going to be a recipe for success. That being said, Snyder was 2-3 on the day with the only extra base hot managed by the Tides. For his part, Britton only walked one, but allowed nine hits including a home run. The Red WIngs hung five and seven run innings on the beleaguered Tides staff.

Bowie 2, Erie 3; Bowie 7, Erie 9: The Baysox lost the completion of yesterday's game as Tim Bascom lost the plot in the bottom of the seventh. with two outs, Bascom issued a walk, allowed a single and threw a wild pitch that allowed the lead runner to score. The offense did Bascom no favors. Caleb Joseph singled, but got picked off in the fifth, but the Baysox still managed to get a runner in scoring position for Christia Walker, who grounded out to end the inning.

In the day's scheduled game, Eduardo Rodriguez had a rough outing. The 20 year old Venezuelan allowed two home runs and six earned runs in four innings while striking out two batters. Since striking out 19 in his first three starts, he's struck out five in his last two. The offense valiantly tried to bail Rodriguez out, but fell a bit short. Every batter except Brandon Waring had a hit, though Trayvon Robinson contributed the only one that went for extra bases (a three run homer).

Christian Walker was 2-4 on the day.

Delmarva 1, Hagerstown 5: Greg Lorenzo has been awfully of late having slashed .389/.405/.500 in his last ten games. In yesterday's game, he was 2-3 with a steal. He now has 26 on the year. Lucas Herbst also had a pair of hits while Adrian Marin and Creede Simpson were held hitless. Juan Guzman made the start for the Shorebirds and was tagged for five earned runs in five innings. Guzman didn't walk anyone or allow any homers, so there's that. Mark Blackmar pitched three scoreless innings to finish the game.

Aberdeen 11, Staten Island 8: Resuming a game that was suspended in June due to a power outage, the Ironbirds shut out the Staten Island Yankees for five innings and prevailed in extra innings. Austin Urban, went four innings walking two and striking out four, but yielded to Donnie Hart with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Hart was credited with his first professional win. Connor Bierfeldt homered and Mike Yastrzemski doubled, while Hector Veloz's tenth inning double driving in two runs proved to be the nail in the coffin.

Also: In a 12-7 win over the DSL Padres, the DSL Orioles1 banged out three triples, including one each by 18 year olds Guillermo Salas and Carlos Rodriguez. Alex Mercedes hit his 7th triple of the year, but is relatively speaking a wise old vet of the league at age 21.

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