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Orioles Minor League Rundown 8/20 - Affiliates all lose except for GCL

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Not quite a banner night on Wednesday for the Orioles affiliates, who all lost except for the GCL team. Who managed to stand out in the lost causes?

Here's a picture of Christian Walker for no real reason.
Here's a picture of Christian Walker for no real reason.
Les Treagus/Norfolk Tides

Triple-A: Durham (Rays) 3, Norfolk 2

Norfolk took a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the ninth inning, but one-time wild card hero turned reliever Joe Saunders gave up a leadoff triple that came in to score despite a pair of intentional walks to set up a force at any base. Saunders has a 2.57 ERA in six appearances since joining the Tides.

Chris Jones gave up two runs in six innings for Norfolk and Preston Guilmet added a couple of scoreless innings. On offense, outfielder Dariel Alvarez and recently-claimed infielder Jimmy Paredes had a pair of hits, while Christian Walker, potential first baseman of the intermediate future, had an RBI double.

Double-A: Reading (Phillies) 8, Bowie 0

Well, this is unfortunate. The Baysox got smacked around on Wednesday night despite a solid Eastern League debut from Branden Kline, promoted earlier in the day from Frederick. The O's second round pick from 2012 allowed a run on three hits and two walks in five innings, striking out two.

Only two of the runs Bowie surrendered were earned. A fielding error by Niuman Romero ended up costing several runs in a five-run seventh inning, while an eighth inning error from shortstop Garabez Rosa cost another run in the eighth.

On the plus side for Bowie, the prospect from Catonsville Community College, Glynn Davis, had a couple of hits and is now batting .313 in 26 games since being promoted.

High-A: Carolina (Indians) 6, Frederick 5

Twelve hits weren't quite enough and the Keys were beaten by an eighth inning single that broke a 5-5 tie. Several Keys had standout nights offensively. John Ruettiger and Lucas Herbst each had three hits on the night. Herbst added a walk and two stolen bases. Catcher Steel Russell had two hits, including his first Carolina League home run, and Trey Mancini also had a pair of hits in the loss.

Low-A: Lexington (Royals) 14, Delmarva 6

Things started out rough when starter Janser Severino allowed six runs in 4.2 innings and they didn't get any better after that either. Though the Shorebirds mustered some offense of their own, led by a three RBI night from first baseman Creede Simpson, it just wasn't enough. New Shorebirds single-season hits leader Drew Dosch added another couple of hits to his record total. The 7th round pick in 2013 is now batting .322 in his first taste of professional baseball, adding 45 walks to his 156 hits.

Short Season A: Hudson Valley (Rays) 1, Aberdeen 0

It probably could have been worse than it was, but Hudson Valley only batted 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Aberdeen's Tanner Chleborad allowed the lone run of the game, giving up seven hits and a walk in 3.2 innings of work. Bobby Bundy pitched two scoreless innings as he works his way back up the system in his rehab assignment.

Gulf Coast: GCL Orioles 8, GCL Twins 7

A rehabbing Jemile Weeks had a triple, two walks, and a stolen base and scored three runs, which is probably what a guy who has appeared in MLB should do in the GCL. Ronald Soto turned in a 3-3 game and Ademar Rifaela had two hits. Are these real people? I'm not convinced the GCL actually exists.