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Orioles minor league rundown 5/4/2014

Yoon takes a step back; Walker and Alvarez riding high

Bert Hindman

Norfolk Tides 2, Scranton/WB RailRiders 16

Well, that didn't go very well at all. Suk-Min Yoon has almost looked like a potential major league pitcher his last few outings. All that came to a screeching halt this afternoon. Yoon was battered for eight earned runs on eleven hits in three innings. He gave up a pair of homers, but, least he didn't walk anyone. Chris Jones relieved Yoon and allowed eight more runs. The pupu platter of quad-A relievers known as Huntzinger, De La Cruz and Meek finished the game without allowing a hit, but the poor RailRiders lineup was probably exhausted from all the running around the bases they'd done at that point. The only point of consolation in looking over the boxscore is that Zelous Wheeler was pretty much the only opposing hitter that didn't get an extra base hit or drive in a run...though he's hitting .390 on the year.

Cord Phelps homered in his second straight game and Julio Borbon picked up a pair of singles to run his hit streak to six games. Buck Britton celebrated his return to Norfolk by going 0-3, though he did walk.

The RailRiders stole two bases off of Yoon and Johnny Monell. The Bronx born catcher continues to sport a 0 CS %.

Bowie Baysox 8, Erie Seawolves 5

Ah, that's more like it. Christian Walker hadn't homered in literally days and he popped an Earl Weaver special in the bottom of the sixth. Dariel Alvarez homered for the second time this series. Kyeong Kang also tripled and Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled. As a side note, Walker, Kang and Chiang all have demonstrated pretty extreme splits this season.

Baysox pitchers allowed 17 baserunners on the day and are fortunate to have such a hot hitting offense right now.

Frederick Keys 6, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

As the top three batters in the lineup, Glynn Davis, Lucas Herbst and Zane Chavez had seven of the Keys' nine hits. Herbst singled, doubled and drive in three runs as he extended his hit streak to eight. The 23 year old outfielder out of Santa Clara has mashed righties this year to the tune of .393/.419/.571. Glynn Davis extended his own hitting streak to five games.

Matt Taylor was pretty terrific today. Taylor held the the potent Pelican lineup to three hits over innings. He only struck out three batters, but induced eleven groundouts. This was Taylor's third scoreless outing of the season and he's had one other start where he allowed only a an unearned run in five innings. Lex Rutledge closed things out with another shaky appearance. He's walked batters in all but one of his appearances this Spring.

Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Charleston Riverdogs 3

Drew Dosch made three errors and that about sums up the day for the Shorebirds. They were held to four hits while striking out eleven times. No walks were to be had. It figures that Dosch was the only Shorebird to get an extra base hit.

Austin Urban didn't have a bad day in the least. He allowed five baserunners in five innings, struck out three batters and induced ten groundouts. Bennett Parry was nearly perfect in his two innings of work. While Parry ran his streak of appearances without an earned run to six, he allowed his first hit of the season.

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Today's Games

Tides @ Louisville Bats, 6:35 PM (McFarland)

Baysox @ Altoona Curve, 6:05 PM (TBD)

Keys @ Potomac Nationals, 7:05 PM (Beal)

Shorebireds @ Charleston RiverDogs, 7:05 PM (Harvey)