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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 8-30-14

Strong pitching at each level, featuring Branden Kline, Parker Bridwell, and Stephen Tarpley.

Les Treagus/Norfolk Tides

Durham (Rays) 1 Norfolk 4 (Suspended in the 7th inning)

♫When the lights

go down

in the stadium♫

A power outage forced the suspension of this game with one out in the top of the 7th. Christian Walker was probably disappointed by this development seeing as he was 2 for 2 with a HR and a walk to that point. Oh, and the trade of Jemile Weeks resulted in him shifting over to 3B. So that should be fun because he's never previously played an inning at 3B in his pro career. Anyway, Chris Jones tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just 1 run via 6 hits and a walk. They will resume play this afternoon.

Altoona (Pirates) 3 Bowie 1

Branden Kline had a significantly better outing than his last start, yielding just 1 run over 7 innings here. He did walk 5 however. Gene Escat contributed 3 scoreless innings of relief before making way for Oliver Drake. Ollie gave up a 2 run dinger in the 12 to bring this game to an end. Mike & Mike (Yaz and Ohlman) had a hit apiece, with Yaz adding a walk and Ohlman adding a run scored on the night. Zane Chavez had a nice night behind the dish, throwing out 3 of 4 would be base stealers as well as picking a runner off of 3rd.

Potomac (Nats) 3 Frederick 4

Parker Bridwell concluded his season with a strong effort by going 6 innings with 6 Ks while allowing 2 runs via 3 hits and 3 walks. He made 26 starts on the season and compiled 141.2 innings with an ERA of 4.45 (FIP of 4.20). He struck out 142 vs. issuing 70 walks, and allowed 11 home runs. He'll need to be added to the 40-man roster this off-season if the O's want to protect him from possible Rule 5 selection. Just the other day Roch reported the Rangers have long coveted Mr. Bridwell. He's still over a full season away from being possibly major league ready, but I'd hate to see the O's lose one of the most talented arms in the system for nothing.

Lex Rutledge pitched a clean 9th to earn his 8th Save. Over 55.2 innings the 23 year old southpaw sported a 2.59 ERA in spite of a BB/9 rate of 6.0! With a strong season next year his name could sprout up as a possible 'pen arm / LOOGY of the future.

Tucker Nathans had the only particular stand out offensive performance of the night, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. He also threw out a runner at Home.

Hickory (Rangers) 4 Delmarva 3

David Hess K'd 6 over 4 innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 run. The SAL will be happy to see Chance Sisco graduate come next season. He touched up the Hickory pitchers for 3 hits in 4 at bats, somehow falling a single short of a Cycle. 21 year old Ronarsy Ledesma had a banging Delmarva debut, going 2 for 4 with a double and a HR. Josh Hart went 1 for 4.

Aberdeen 3 Lowell (Red Sox) 0

In his last start a week ago (also vs. Lowell), Stephen Tarpley K'd 8 over 7 IP while allowing 1 run via 3 hits. He decided to improve upon that in this game by setting career highs in innings with 8 and K's with 10. Oh, he also added two pickoffs for good measure. Over those 2 starts Tarpley compiled a line of 15 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BBs, and 18 Ks. Not too shabby, kid. He will certainly be one of the most exciting arms to watch with Delmarva come next season, as the O's look to develop their next group of arms in the low minors.

Austin Anderson did as he does, going 2 for 4. Riley Palmer blasted a 3 run HR in the 6th. Jay Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with a walk and notched an OF Assist by throwing out a runner at 2B.

Full boxscores be hither

Today's listed starters are:

Norfolk: TBD

Bowie: Anthony Vasquez

Frederick: (Game 1) Matt Taylor, (Game 2) TBD

Delmarva: Dariel Delgado

Aberdeen: TBD