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Orioles minor league rundown, 5/29/2014

A Shorebirds victory saves us from the shame of the system sweep...

Bert Hindman

Norfolk Tides 3, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4

The Tides staged a ninth inning rally, but came up a tad short in their bid to scrape out a second win in their extended five game series with the IronPigs. It was just not to be.

Josh Stinson made the start for the Tides and pitched about as you would expect: he allowed ten baserunners and four earned runs in 4.1 innings, though he did notch six Ks. Nick Additon, Chris Jones and Evan Meek held the IronPigs scoreless the rest of the way and gave the TIdes a chance to come back.

The Tides unfortunately left their bats at home. Brett Wallace had his sixth multihit game in his last ten, but the offense was otherwise punchless.

Bowie Baysox 4, Akron RubberDucks 16

While there may be no shame in losing to a guy named Duke Von Schamann, there may be a little bit of shame in losing 16-4. The Baysox allowed an astounding 29 baserunners and the RubberDucks were more than able to capitalize as the went 8-24 with RISP. Former O"s draft pick Tyler Naquin went 4-6 as the RubberDucks hung seven and six run innings on the Baysox in the fourth and the eighth.

Making his first start after a DL stint, Zach Davies wasn't all that bad. He struck out 7 and allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings...on balance, probably the best pitching performance for the Baysox on the night. He only allowed one of those earned while he was actually pitching, but then gave way to Marcel Prado. The big Venezuelan not only allowed those inherited runners, but was charged with five earned runs of his own. Fabio Castillo also had an interesting line. He allowed six walks and five unearned runs.

Dariel Alvarez was 0-4 running his hitless streak to eight at bats. Christian Walker was 2-3. Ronald Bermudez doubled once and Niuman Romero doubled twice, Quick note on Bermudez: he's at the moment having one of his best minor league seasons slashing .339/.368/.472 with eleven doubles. The former Red Sox prospect is only a few months older than Dariel Alvarez.

Frederick Keys 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 6

Brady Wager had a solid outing that was squandered by Miguel Chalas. Wager allowed one earned run in six innings. He struck out three and induced seven groundouts and can't be TOO upset about the unearned run he allowed because he committed the error that led to it. Chalas allowed four earned runs in two innings and his ERA on the season has ballooned to 5.40.

Glynn Davis doubled and drove in a pair of runs, but not much else happened offensively.

Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Lakewood BlueClaws 3

It's time for our weekly game of "Who the heck is Luis Gonzalez?!" The young lefty went a solid five innings striking out 2 and inducing seven groundouts against his old org-mates. He's now gone 15 innings and struck out 17 across his first four appearances in the Sally League. Jimmy Yak went two scoreless innings for his 13th save.

Mike Yastrzemski had his ten game hit streak snapped, but still managed to draw a walk and score a couple runs. Trey Mancini continued his recent hot streak (.385/.400/.462 in his last 10) with a pair of hits and three runs driven in. His current hit streak now stands at nine. Making his first start of the season, Anthony Vega was hitless, but had a pair of steals. The Shorebirds had only three hits.

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Today's Games

Norfolk Tides vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: Kevin Gausman

Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 pm
Baysox SP: Tyler Wilson

Frederick Keys vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks, 7:00 pm
Keys SP: Parker Bridwell

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Lakewood BlueClaws, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Hunter Harvey