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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 7-25-14

The price is Wright. Lil' Yaz continues his hit parade. The defense does Branden Kline no favors. Hunter Harvey Day. And an Aberdeen...win? Say wha?

Mike Wright starring in 'Standing Tall'
Mike Wright starring in 'Standing Tall'
Christopher McCain

Norfolk 5 Columbus (Cleveland) 2

(RHP) Mike Wright turned in the type of performance the O's have been awaiting all season: 7 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 ER, 6 Ks. 63! of his 88 pitches went for strikes, and he induced 8 groundball outs to just 2 flyball outs. Hopefully he can string a few more outings similar to this together as the season winds down.

The offense allowed a rehabbing Justin Masterson to do their dirty work, drawing 6 BBs off him in 6.2 IP. (1B) Christian Walker drew two of those walks and also contributed with a sac fly RBI. (#TeamSteve) Steve Clevenger knocked two basehits and drove in a run. Newly acquired Jimmy Paredes played 3B and went 2 for 4 with a double, a stole base, a walk, and 2 RBI. Always good to impress the new bosses right from the get-go. (CF) Julio Borbon with your OF Assist of the night, throwing out a batter trying to stretch a single into a double. And ( C ) Brian Ward earned a pick off by catching a runner straying too far off 1st.

Altoona (Pittsburgh) 3 Bowie 1

(LHP) Tim Berry came back to earth a bit after two straight dominate outings. He allowed 3 ER over 5 IP, allowing 6 hits (including a 2 run HR in the 2nd) and 1 walk while striking out 3. He did pick off a runner at 1st though, which is always cool. The offense was unable to muster much in the way of a fight, in spite of the best efforts of lead off man Mike Yastrzemski who went 2 for 4 with a double. (CF) Glynn Davis got 1 hit in 3 at bats and stole a base. Two Outfield Assists in this game: (LF) Michael Burgess cut down a runner at home (though he also got himself thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch a single into a double. What goes around comes around), and (RF) Ronald Bermudez caught one trying to make their way to 3B.

Lynchburg (Atlanta) 11 Frederick 1

(RHP) Branden Kline was unable to get out of the first inning, as the Hillcats dropped a 6 spot on the Keys thanks to a combination of bad pitching and worse defense. The game started off with a hit by pitch, a stolen base, and then a walk. This was then followed by the first of three errors in the inning, this one by (SS) Adrian Marin who was unable to field a ball, which loaded the bases. A double scored two, followed by a single that scored two more and featured the second error of the inning by (RF) Chih-Hsien Chiang. Then another double to score the 5th run of the inning; all with none out. oof. Kline would get two groundouts, but his pitch count spilled into the 40s and it was time for him to call it a night. He would be charged with 3 ER out of the 6 R that scored. Miguel Calas pitched 4.1 solid innings before giving way to Jon Keller. Mr. Keller had his own adventures, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) over 2 IP that saw him give up 5 hits, walk 4, and K none. icky. The offense pretty much said 'screw this' and took the night off. (3B) Jason Esposito has been on a bit of a hot streak of late, slashing .375 / .390 / .675! over his last 10, which have featured 3 doubles and 3 home runs. He hit the 3rd of those in the 4th inning of this game.

Delmarva 2 Rome (Atlanta) 4

Not every Hunter Harvey Night can be a zinger. The young Padwan was hittable in this outing, yielding 8 base knocks, including a double and a triple, leading to 4 ER over 5 IP. On a brighter note, he only walked 1 and K'd 5. The offense was a bit frisky, but unable to translate 9 basehits and 3 walks into more than 2 runs. (CF) Josh Hart went 1 for 5 and swiped a bag, but K'd thrice. (3B) Drew Dosch went 2 for 3 with a walk and a SB. (1B) Creede Simpson also went 2 for 3 with a walk. ( C ) Chance Sisco went 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Connecticut (Tigers) 1 Aberdeen 2

The Ironbirds got multi-hit nights from (CF) Jay Gonzalez and ( C ) Alex Murphy to pace the offense. Gonzo stole a bag and scored both runs. But the pitching was the thing (as it needs to be if Aberdeen hopes to win a game, it seems) as (LHP) Bennett Parry and (RHP) Stephan Crichton combined for 8 shutout innings of work.

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Today's Probables are:

Norfolk: (RHP) Tyler Wilson

Bowie: (RHP) Matt Bischoff

Frederick: TBD

Delmarva: (LHP) Mitch Horacek

Aberdeen: (RHP) David Hess