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Orioles Minor League Rundown: Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Of the 5 A-level or higher affiliates only Aberdeen comes away victorious, while the other 4 combine to score just 2 runs in an impressive show of offensive ineptitude.

Here's a picture of Gamblor, only because I couldn't find one of Luc Rennie
Here's a picture of Gamblor, only because I couldn't find one of Luc Rennie
Bill Vaughan

Norfolk 0, Durham (Rays) 3

In the midst of a playoff chase, but trailing in the Wild Card standings, the Tides followed the example of their parent club and lost. Durham (RHP) Jake Odorizzi, who came over from the Royals organization along with Wil Myers (seriously unremarked upon point: the Rays came away with, not only Myers (the best or 2nd best offensive prospect in all of baseball) but also the Royals best / most advanced pitching prospect in Odorizzi, along with a tremendous lotto ticket arm in Mike Montgomery who was once a top-notch prospect) confounded the Tides' hitters in this game, going 8 innings of shutout pitching while allowing just 5 baserunners and whiffing 11. (LF) Henry Urrutia did the only significant damage to Odorizzi, hitting a double. (DH) Wilson Betemit and (2B) Jonathan Schoop went a combined 0-7, w/ 2 Ks. (RHP) Eddie 'Gamblor' Gamboa had a mercurial night. Going 5.1 IP, he allowed only 3 hits and struck out 4 but also walked 3 and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) while uncorking 1 wild pitch. ( C ) Chris Snyder limited the Passed Balls to just 1 this go 'round, but did allow 2 successful stolen base attempts in 2 tries. (LHP) Mike Belfiore pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing 2 hits & a walk while K'ing 3. He has had a quietly good season and gives the O's another southpaw option in the 'pen come September. Could he perhaps allow the O's to shop a Troy Patton or Brian Matusz come this off-season?

New Britain (Twins) 2, Bowie 0

This result is more understandable than the Norfolk one, simply due to the nature of the offensive talent on the Bowie roster currently. It's dreadful. Twins top pitching prospect, (RHP) Alex Meyer returned from a lengthy absence due to injury to toss 5 strong innings. Like the Tides, the Baysox managed just one double for their lone extra base hit of the game. But unlike the Tides, the Baysox did manage to draw 5 walks with (LF) Kyle Hudson drawing 3 of these from the lead-off slot in the lineup. (LHP) Jake Petit was solid himself, going 6 IP and allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 earned run, and 1 HBP while striking out 4 and picking off 1 runner from 1st. Twins Über-prospect (3B) Miguel Sano went 2-4 on the night, with a double and 2 Ks.

Frederick 1, Lynchburg (Braves) 3

The Keys managed to scratch out a run, but channeled their inner-Orioles by going 1-7 with RISP and leaving 7 runners stranded on the basepaths. Every starter save for (3B) Jason Esposito had a hit on the night. ( C ) Michael Ohlman went 1-4, w/ a K and was 2/2 in throwing out potential base stealers. And (RF) Dariel Alvarez went 2-4, with an evidently highlight reel worthy Outfield Assist to gun down a runner at Home. Let the always entertaining Keys' video guy, Reggie, state it:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="">@darielalvarez64</a> gun show. Don&#39;t. Run.</p>&mdash; Reggie (@gopherballs) <a href="">August 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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(RHP) Brady Wager got hit around quite a bit on the night (10 hits allowed over 6 innings pitched) but managed to keep a lid on the scoring by walking just 1 and holding the Hillcats to but 2 runs (both earned). He only K'd 1 and had an 8:3 Ground out to Fly out ratio. (2B) Travis Adair isn't a prospect in any sense, but he is currently sporting a 15 game hit streak.

Delmarva 1, Lakewood (Phillies) 2

The Gregory Lorenzo-in-the-lead-off-spot majik seems to have worn off of late, as he went 1-5, w/ 3 Ks tonight. Dude needs to learn how to take a walk. (SS) Adrian Marin followed Lorenzo in the order and 1 upped him in ineptitude, going 0-5 w/ 1 K. Offense for the Shorebirds came via (DH) Nik Balog (3-4) and (LF) Creede Simpson (2-4, w/ 1 RBI).

19 year old (RHP) Luc Rennie pitched well again: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BBs, 1 ER, 5 Ks. He has now pitched 7 consecutive starts of 5+ IP with 3 or fewer runs allowed with a 28 to 8 K:BB ratio over 39 IP. Look for him to possibly crack some Top 10 lists or be mentioned as 'One to Watch' come this off-season. (RHP) Mychal Givens put up 2 innings of solid relief work, allowing a hit and a walk while whiffing 3.

Connecticut (Tigers) 2, Aberdeen 5

The Ironbirds wanted to join in the offensive offense theme of the night, but were gifted a 3 run 8th inning thanks in part to 2 throwing errors by the Tigers. (RF) Mike Yastrzemski went 1-3, w/ a BB and a K. He continues to impress. Not sure what his ultimate potential is, but he's made himself an interesting prospect for the moment; at least at the lower levels. (1B) Trey Mancini is also interesting for the time being. He went 1-3, w/ an RBI. (LF) Conor Bierfeldt is also a smidge intriguing. He went 2-4, w/ a 2B and, like Dariel Alvarez, threw out a runner at Home. (3B) Hector Veloz' blah season meanders on: 0-3, w/ a BB and 2 Ks. ( C ) Pedro Perez was absolutely abused behind the dish. He allowed 6 SBs in 6 attempts. ooof.

A trio of interesting arms pitched for the Ironbirds. (RHP) Alex Santana got the start. He has been carefully handled thus far, with strict and low pitch counts limiting him to 3 or fewer innings. In this game he went 2.1 IP and allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run, but did walk 3 and HBP 1 while striking out just 1. (RHP) Dylan Rheault came on and was effective in his own right, going 4.2 IP while allowing just 1 run via 2 hits and 1 walk, while K'ing 6. Finally, (RHP) Jimmy Yacobonis came on to pitch the final 2 frames. He issued 2 walks and a HBP but allowed on runs or hits while striking out 2.

Your link for further exploration of the boxscores (including GCLer ( C ) Chance Sisco's first HR! Congrats, kiddo!