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Orioles minor league rundown, 6/29/2014

Harvey and Blackmar solid; Yacabonis struggles to adapt...

There'll be better days, Eddie...
There'll be better days, Eddie...
Bert Hindman

Norfolk Tides 1, Rochester Red Wings 8

Not much went well for the Tides today. making his first International League start of the season, Jake Pettit was tagged for six runs in 6.1 innings. Clay Rapada also allowed two runs, a feat he has accomplished in three of his five appearances since returning to the organization.

Michael Almanzar homered and Francisco Peguero tripled.

Bowie Baysox 3, Richmond Flying Squirrels 4

Eddie Rodriguez must have been watching the big club...he left the game in the fourth having reached nearly 100 pitches. He walked four and allowed three earned runs. Making his organizational debut, journeyman Julio DePaula threw 2.1 scoreless innings. Perhaps of greater import for the organization, Mychal Givens posted his second hitless appearance in three since having been promoted to Bowie from Frederick. Despite having been converted to the mound from the field, Givens has beaten his fellow 2009 draftee Matt Hobgood to Bowie.

Serving as the DH, Michael Ohlman reached base a couple times, but both Dariel Alvarez and Christian Walker were was Nolan Reimold.  Ronald Bermudez and Garabez Rosa doubled.

Frederick Keys 1, Potomac Nats 7

The Keys were two hit by the Nats, though one of those was a homer by Trey Mancini. The 2013 draftee has slugged .522 since moving up to Frederick from Delmarva.

There was no relief for the Keys today and it's a pity, too, because Mark Blackmar had a n awfully nice outing. The22 year old Texan pitched six scoreless innings and allowed five baserunners in the process. He struck out four and induced nine groundouts. Opposing hitters continue to pound Jimmy Yacabonis. The 2013 draftee has not found the Carolina League to be as hospitable as some of his colleagues and allowed six earned runs in 1.2 innings of work. He has been scored on in all three outings since promotion. Lex Rutledge also allowed a homer before wrapping things up.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Hagerstown Suns 4

As you might hope, Hunter Harvey was the saving grace on a disappointing day for the organization. Though Harvey allowed two homers, he struck out nine batters and walked one in  5.1 innings of work. According to the boxscore, 770 people were in attendance to witness Harvey's outing. I wonder what the scout to civilian ratio was? Big Jon Keller also struck out three batters in 2.2 perfect innings.

Greg Lorenzo had an effective day offensively as he singled, doubled, walked and stole a base. The top of the order was 10-20 with three doubles (four hits for Lucas Herbst, three hits for Drew Dosch, two hits for Creede Simpson and one for Jeff Kemp).

Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, Hudson Valley Renegades

I-birds lose again. Dog bites man.

The lads from Aberdeen posted four runs on offense, but their productivity was goosed by Jemile Weeks who's hanging out at the 'deen awaiting Manny Machado's suspension. Jay Gonzalez was the only age appropriate starter to acquit himself well at the plate. Gonzalez logged his first and second professional extra base hits

The GCL and DSL O's were off.

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Today's Games

Norfolk Tides @ Rochester Red Wings, 7:05 pm
Tides SP: Nick Additon

Bowie Baysox vs. Altoona Curve, 6:35pm
Baysox SP: TBD

Frederick Keys @ Potomac Nationals, 7:05 pm
Keys SP: TBD

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Hagerstown Suns, 7:05 pm
Shorebirds SP: Luc Rennie