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Around the minors: 8/11/2013

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The Knuckle Brothers take it on the chin; Bennett Parry is large and in charge; all Trey Mancini does is hit...

Zach attacked.
Zach attacked.
Elaina Ellis

Norfolk 0, Rochester 5: Eddie Gamboa didn't seem to have his best stuff working in his outing against the Red Wings. Gamboa only walked one batter, but only struck out one, as well. Gamboa gutted out a few innings until things went pear shaped in the fourth. The Red Wings hen pecked Gamboa to death with a series of singles, though a passed ball from Chris Snyder and a throwing error from Jonathan Schoop didn't help matters. Schoop was also 0-4 on the day. Alex Liddi singled and Zelous Wheeler doubled. The X Man was 0-3.

Bowie 6, Portland 5: Not much to see here. Garabez Rosa hit a three run homer and Trayon Robinson doubled. Caleb Joseph has cooled considerably since the salad days of Spring and went 0-5. Slumming it with the kids in the Eastern League, Daniel McCutchen closed things out with two shutout innings.

Frederick 0, Myrtle Beach 6: The Keys were skunked, but the day wasn't a total wash. Matt Hobgood made another solid relief appearance. The Hobgoblin pitched four no-hit, shutout innings. On the other hand, the Zach Clark knuckler experiment does not appear to be gaining traction. Clark walked seven and struck out one in five innings. His ERA in four Carolina League starts now stands at 15.36. Even Michael Ohlman seems to have checked out of this one.

Delmarva 3, Kannapolis 0: Bennett Parry, the 6'6" left handed manimal out of Cal State Northridge held the so-called Initmidators to three hits over a solid 6.1 innings. 2010 17th rounder David Richardson picked up his second save and has struck out ten in nine innings since his promotion to Delmarva. Torsten Boss picked up a double in a third consecutive game and continues his post-DL hitting streak. Wynston Sawyer also homered and appears to be back on track after a mid-Spring dry spell. Greg Lorenzo was kept off the bases for the first time in what seems like forever.

Aberdeen 3, Batavia 7: Despite generating almost as many baserunners as the Muck Dogs, the iBirds were unable to match their offensive efficiency. Dylan Rheault was decent in an abbreviated start (2 ER/4 IP), but in relief, Jorge Rivera had his third consecutive in which he allowed multiple ER (12 ER/6 BB/5 K last three appearances). Offensively, it was the Trey Mancini show once again. The big man from Notre Dame walked twice and had a couple base knocks. Hector Veloz also had a base hit, perhaps showing continued signs of awakening from his long offensive slumber.

Rookie League Roundup:

Ronald Soto 2-4 (...but 2 PB)

Victor Medina (1-4, BB, 2 SB)

Yanuel Cuevas (5.1 IP/1 H/1 BB/5 K)