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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 7-5-14

Mike Yastrzemski does what Nelson Cruz could not. Hunter Harvey owns the Lakewood Blue Claws. What got into Aberdeen!? And more!

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Norfolk 3 Charlotte (White Sox) 6

Nick Additon made the start for the Tides and was knocked around for 6 runs (4 earned) over 4.1 innings of work. He did K 6, walk only 1, and induce 5 grounders to just 1 flyout. So there's that. Jemile Weeks and Steve Clevenger each had multi-hit nights, as each continue to press their case for promotion to the bigs.

Bowie 7 Akron (Cleveland) 1

Anthony Vasquez with a sturdy 7 innings performance. He allowed 6 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 and walking none. The Walker and Alvarez hit parade continued, as Christian Walker hit his 20th HR of the season while Alvarez reached base once via hit and once via walk. Haven't checked in with John Ruettiger or Garabez Rosa recently. Each went 3 for 4 with a double. Rosa added his 7th HR of the season.

Frederick 17 Lynchburg (Atlanta) 3

The performance of the night certainly belonged to Mike Yastrzemski, who went 5 for 6 with 5 RBI en route to hitting for the Cycle. He singled to lead off the game, doubled in the 2nd to drive in 2, homered in the 5th, doubled again in the 7th, and then led of the 9th with a triple. After hitting .306 / .365 / .554 in Low-A Delmarva, lil' Yaz hasn't missed a beat with High-A Frederick, slashing .321 / .379 / .482 over his first 15 games. Keep in mind that he was a 14th round selection, and will turn 24 in August. That being said, I'm certainly interested in reading some actual scouting takes on him. Can he keep this type of performance up and turn into a legitimate prospect? He certainly has to be garnering some attention by now.

Yaz's big night overshadowed Michael Burgess' 2 HR game, giving him 15 (4th most in the entire Orioles organization) on the season. Burgess finished 4 for 6 with 4 RBI. Adrian Marin also had a big night, going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and a SB. With all that run support Branden Kline cruised through 5+ innings, allowing 3 ER while striking out 5. A nice little bounceback performance for him after having allowed 13 ER over his last 3 outings, covering 14.1 IP.

Lakewood (Phillies) 3 Delmarva 6

Hunter Harvey Day was another rousing success, as he K'd 8 over 6 strong innings of work. He has now faced Lakewood three times and earned 3 Wins. 19 IPs, 8 Hits, 3 Runs (1 Earned), 6 BBs, 25 Ks, combined. I'd imagine they are as eager as anyone to see him promoted. Offense was provided via Josh Hart and Gregory Lorenzo, who each reached base twice and scored a run apiece. Lorenzo added his 22nd SB in 28 attempts (78.6%)

Aberdeen 18 Brooklyn (Mets) 2

Goodness gracious, Ironbirds! After scoring a grand total of 44 runs in their first 20 games they just go ahead and drop an 18 spot here. And somewhat amazingly, they did all that damage without hitting a home run.  (1B) Riley Palmer went 5 for 6 with 3 doubles and a triple. ( C ) Alex Murphy went 3 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. (CF) Jay Gonzalez went 2 for 6 with a walk and 2 SBs. Patrick Connaughton and David Hess pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece, combining to strike out 7. Somehow, Dariel Delgado was credited with a Save in a game with a margin of victory of 16 runs. The Save rule is weird.

GCL O's 2 GCL Rays 0

Once and possibly future #TeamSteve member Steve Johnson began rehabbing after a bout of shoulder trouble. He went an inning and two-thirds, did not allow a hit or run, walked 2, and K'd 3. Tanner Scott pitched 2 scoreless innings, also walking 2 and K'ing 3. Henry Urrutia went 0 for 4 as he attempts to get back into game shape after his sports hernia injury.

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Today's Probables are:

Norfolk: Josh Stinson

Bowie: Tim Berry

Frederick: Sebastian Vader

Delmarva: Luc Rennie

Aberdeen: TBD