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Orioles minor league rundown, 5/22/2014

Eduardo Rodriguez returns; Sebastian Vader and Mike Yastrzemski have something to say...

Bert Hindman

Norfolk Tides 7, Gwinnett Braves 10

The Tides and Barves went toe to toe in a good old fashioned slobber knocker, but the Barves happened to have a slightly less bad day on the mound. Mike Wright was the culprit in chief for the Tides, continuing an unsettling trend. Wright allowed five earned runs in 3.1 innings. That's 16 in his last three outings. Eeesh.

Offensively, the Tides didn't really do anything special, but they could teach the bog club a thing or two about situational hitting. They hit mostly singles, took a few walks and hit 5-12 with RISP. Brett Wallace doubled and Cord Phelps walked thrice.

Bowie Baysox 6, Erie Seawolves 3

Same story, different day: Christian Walker homered, Dariel Alvarez doubled, Michael Ohlman walked. Mix in a couple base knocks from Sharlon Schoop and an Earl Weaver special from David Freitas, and you've got a winning combination.

The important takeaway, though, was that Eduardo Rodriguez had an effective outing in his first start since April 22. Rodriguez limited the Seawolves to one earned run in five innings and induced eight groundouts. Luis "Call Me" Ayala pitched his second straight scoreless and Oliver Drake pitched the ninth for his 9th save.

Frederick Keys 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4

Mark Blackmar and Matt Hobgood held a potent Myrtle Beach lineup to two runs through seven innings, but Lex Rutledge allowed a go ahead homer with nobody out in the 8th inning.

Creede Simpson picked up his 11th ans 12th doubles of the season and is SLGing .583 in his last ten games. Swingin Sammie Starr hit an Earl Weaver special.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Sebastian Vader went seven strong innings and induced 14 groundouts to hold the White Sox Sally League affiliate to one run. Jon Keller pitched his seventh scoreless outing of the season to finish the game.

No offense to certain of our readers, but Mike Yastrzemski has no more use for Delmarva. The one man wrecking crew tripled, walked, stole a base and had [another] outfield assist. Promote this man! Drew Dosch also tripled and Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco doubled. Sisco went into a bit of a funk (not the good kind) before going on the DL, but has SLGed .500 in his last ten games.

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Today's Games

Norfolk Tides @ Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Tides SP: T.J. McFarland

Bowie Baysox @ Harrisburg Senators, 7:00 PM
Baysox SP: Anthony Vasquez

Frederick Keys @ Wilmington Blue Rocks, 7:05 PM
Keys SP: TBD

Delmarva Shorebirds vs. Kannapolis Intimidators, 7:05 PM
Shorebirds SP: Luc Rennie