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Orioles minor league rundown: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gausman and Davies in action; Esposito shines

Bill Vaughan

Norfolk 2, Durham 0: Kevin Gausman made a brief starting appearance that appears more geared to preserving him for the stretch than stretching him out. Gausman three innings of one hit ball. He struck out four and induced four groundouts. Jonathan Schoop was 0-4 and Xavier Avery was 1-3 with a double, a walk and a steal. Has the X Man played his way into a September call up with a solid August? He's slashed .323/.400/.400 since the first of the month.

Bowie 4, New Britain 7: A week after striking out seven, Devin Jones flipped the script and allowed seven earned runs. The Mississippi State man allowed six hits, walked four and gave up two homers. Oliver Drake and Clay Schrader each contributed scoreless outings, but the offense was never able to catch up.

Frederick 2, Lynchburg 4: Zach Davies had what seemed to have been a workmanlike outing. Davies allowed four earned runs in six innings, but didn't walk anyone and didn't allow any homers. Michael Ohlman doubled and walked (of COURSE he did!) and Jason Esposito was a surprising 3-3 with two steals. Even with a perfect night, the 2012 second rounder is only batting .167 in his last ten games.

Delmarva 4, Lakewood 11: Gabriel Lino took out his aggression on his former teammates driving in three runs on a three hit day. Matt Taylor got the start for the Birds and was solid through five striking out five and walking none. It got worse from there. Mark Blackmar allowed three more earned runs in two innings and David Richardson allowed five earned runs in .2 innings. Greg Lorenzo singled, doubled and stole a base. Adrian Marin was 1-4 with a steal and Torsten Boss was 0-4, but will always be a winner in the name department.

Aberdeen 5, Connecticut 2: Even if the most outstanding thing about Sebastian Vader is his name, he's still had a solid year, The young righty tossed a decent five innings, striking out four and inducing ten groundouts. Trey Mancini had a hit and a couple walks while Connor Bierfeldt had three hits and a walk. After going missing at the plate for most of the summer, Hector Veloz is finishing strong. The Dominican third baseman has slashed .286/.390/.457 in his last ten. Aberdeen remains in the lead in its division in the New York Penn League.

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