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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5/26/14

Norfolk fails to hold a lead, while Bowie and Frederick take away wins, and Delmarva sweeps a double header.

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Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 5 Norfolk 4

(RHP) Suk-min Yoon had his best start of the season yesterday as he continues to try and progress from his disastrous first month. 7 IP, just 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 HBP allowed; leading to 3 ER. He struck out 6 and picked a runner off 1st. Yoon cruised through the first 4 and 2/3rds before allowing a single and following that up with a HBP. Which was all precursor to allowing the number 9 hitter to jack a 3 run HR to left field. So...seemingly just like every other Orioles pitcher. Mow down the heart of the order, but get hit around by the bottom of the lineup.

But thanks to the efforts of (1B) Brett Wallace and (SS) Jemile Weeks the Tides were still in this game. Wallace knocked 4 hits in 4 at bats, including his 6th HR of the season in the 4th inning. Weeks added a solo HR and a triple as well.

But unfortunately for the Tides (RHP) Tim Alderson would be taken deep for a 2 run Home Run in the 8th that would prove the difference maker, dropping the Tides to 19-31 on the season.

Bowie 15 Harrisburg (Nationals) 7

On Sunday, Dariel Alvarez went 2 for 4 while Christian Walker was held hitless. As the two seem to alternate big games at the plate it would seem to be Walker's turn to carry the big stick on Monday. And it was, as he belted 2 Home Runs on the day. But Alvarez decided to get in on the fun as well with a 3 for 5 effort on his own part. Every Bowie player in the lineup managed at least 1 hit. ( C ) Michael Ohlman reached 3 times in his 5 plate appearances with 2 hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. (3B) Niuman Romero and (1B) David Freitas added home runs of their own.

And it's a good thing the offense was firing on all cylinders as the pitching failed to impress Harrisburg hitters. (LHP) Jake Petit hung around for 6.2 IP in spite of allowing 7 ER via 10 hits (2 HRs). But, hey...a Win is a win!

Frederick 6 Wilmington (Royals) 3

(RHP) Joseph Andrew Van Meter has now made 4 starts for the Keys as they await the inevitable promotion of Hunter Harvey. And while he has more walks than strikeouts he has managed each outing well enough. He went 6 IP yesterday for the first time this season, holding a strong Wilmington lineup to just 5 hits and 1 ER. He induced 5 whiffs while walking just 1. After a brief shoulder inflammation scare, (RHP) Matt Hobgood has now pitched 5 innings over 2 appearances. 3 innings yesterday earned him his first Save of the season. He allowed 5 hits and 2 ER, but did not walk any and generated 4 ground outs to no fly outs.

The Keys took advantage of a critical error by the Blue Rocks 3Bman to put up 6 runs (5 unearned) in the 3rd. With two out and (2B) Sammie Starr on 2nd after an RBI double, (LF) Tucker Nathans hit a grounder to 3B that was misplayed, leaving runners on the corners. A couple of base hit singles were then followed by a walk and an Adrian Marin bases clearing double before the inning came to an end. Marin would end up 2 for 3 on the day with 2 doubles. He's still only 20, but it'd be nice to see his bat start to develop some. It'll have to if he wants to become a true 'prospect' in the system.

Hagerstown (Nationals) 6 Delmarva 7 (Game 1)

(LHP) Steven Brault managed to hang in for the 7 inning complete game victory. Though he allowed 6 ER, he kept his pitch count to 85 and ate the innings thanks to the offensive efforts of the lineup. (LF) Gregory Lorenzo went 3 for 3 with a walk and his 15th stolen base of the season. (RF) Mike Yastrzemski went 1 for 4 and created a double play by throwing a runner out at 1st base. (3B) Drew Dosch looks primed for a promotion to Frederick as well. He went 3 for 4 in this game, and his season line stands at .319 / .367 / .434. ( C ) Chance Sisco went 2 for 3 while hitting his 7th double of the year. (CF) Josh Hart took an 0 for 3, but did manage to drive in 2 via a Sac Fly and an RBI ground out.

Hagerstown (Nationals) 1 Delmarva 2 (Game 2: Make up from 4/15)

(LHP) Mitch Horacek continued his fine 2014 season with 6 innings of 2 hit and 1 unearned run pitching. He walked 2 and K'd 3 while hitting 1 batter. He has a sub-3.00 ERA over his 52 IP in 2014 with 47 Ks to 14 walks. (RHP) Jimmy Yacabonis tossed a clean 7th to record his 12 Save. Drew Dosch hit a solo HR. (LF) Conor Bierfeldt knocked an RBI double after coming on to replace (CF) Josh Hart, who left for precautionary reasons only.

You can pour over all the boxscores here.

Today's Probables are as such:

Norfolk: (RHP) Mike Wright (Game 1), TBD (Game 2)

Bowie: TBD

Frederick: (RHP) Mark Blackmar

Delmarva: (RHP) Sebastian Vader