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Orioles minor league rundown 4/27/2014

Manny and the Keys; Shorebirds take two...

Greg Lorenzo had five hits and a steal in a doubleheader...
Greg Lorenzo had five hits and a steal in a doubleheader...
Joey Gardner

Norfolk Tides 2, Columbus Clippers 6

With knuckleballers it's accepted that you take the good with the bad. Today, Eddie Gamboa was decidedly the latter as he just wasn't able to make the knuckler dance. Gamboa allowed three homers and was charged with all six earned runs and also walked four while striking out six. Kelvin De La Cruz, Brock Huntzinger and Tim Alderson all pitched scoreless innings of relief.

It should be noted briefly that Johnny Monell didn't quite seem to grok the way of the knuckler. Monell was chraged with a passed ball while Carlos Moncrief and Justin Sellers were each able to nab a pair of bags of the Monell/Gamboa battery.

The Tides offense put nearly as many men on base as did the Clippers, but weren't able to victimize Trevor Bauer with the longball to the extent which the Clippers hurt Gamboa. Xavier Paul did manage to swat his second homer of the season, though, and Quintin Barry had a pair of singles and a steal.

Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg Senators 10

When Tim Berry last faced the Senators, it was Opening Day and he shut them out over seven innings. Today was a little different. Berry was smacked around by the particular Senator, in fact, as Michael Taylor hit three homers off the San Diego native. An unsettling trend, to be sure.

A couple of Baysox continued their hot hitting ways. Dariel Alvarez doubled for the sixth time in his last ten games boosting his SLG to .750 in that period. Dominican tweener Garabez Rosa picked up two doubles for a second consecutive game and raised his season slash line to .388/.408/.567. Christian Walker and Michael Ohlman (serving as DH)  were both 1-3 with a pair of walks.

Frederick Keys 10, Carolina Mudcats 3

Mannypalooza continued unabated as our hero and savior went 4-4 with a pair of doubles in his continuing rehab assignment with the Keys. The Keys did most of their damage in a five run third inning in which they batted around, starting and ending with Joel Hutter. Glynn Davis walked three times and stole his fourth base of the season. Jerome Pena also had a pair of walks and a single.

Pitching in relief of Jesse Beal, who only went three innings, Mark Blackmar had an effective outing. The big Texan issued no walks and induced nine groundouts in 5.2 innings with a solo homer essentially being the only blemish on his line for the day. Lex Rutledge got the last out, but not before walking on base machine Luigi Rodriguez.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Charleston Riverdogs 3 (8)

The Shorebirds rallied behind a tough performance from Luc Rennie. The youngster was touched up for three runs in the first three innings, but straightened out and notched six strikeouts and a pickoff in aid of his cause. Big Jon Keller struck out the side in the seventh and Dylan Rheault vultured his fifth win of the season (look out, Zach Britton!).

Not too much transpired offensively for the Shorebirds, though Greg Lorenzo was 2-4 with a steal and the two teams looked to be playing to a draw. In the bottom of the eighth, though, Drew Dosch hit a two out single and Conor Bierfeldt ended the game with his first homer of the year.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Charleston Riverdogs 0 (7)

A flock of Shorebirds combined to shut out the Riverdogs 5 to nil and complete the double sweep. The heretofore unremarkable Austin Urban led the pack with five innings of two hit ball. Urban struck out five 'dogs and induced eight groundouts.

Although Mike Yastrzemski has gotten on base about 40% of the time in his last ten games, he is hitless in his last two. He was able to draw a walk in the leadoff role. His colleague at the top of the order, Greg Lorenzo, fared better going 3-5

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Today's Games

Columbus Clippers @ Norfolk Tides, 6:35 pm
Tides SP: Suk-Min Yoon

Bowie Baysox @ Richmond Fying Squirrels, 6:35 pm
Baysox SP: TBD

Carolina Mudcats @ Frederick Keys, 7:00 pm
Keys SP: Brady Wager