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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 8-5-14

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Another day, another full slate of good pitching performances throughout the O's system

Your first glimpse of Luis Gonzalez
Your first glimpse of Luis Gonzalez
Justin Odendhal

Buffalo (Blue Jays) 6 Norfolk 2

Tyler Wilson looked to rebound after getting touched up for 7 ER over 9 innings covering his last two starts. And he did nicely, allowing 2 ER over 6 IP. Just 5 hits and 1 walk allowed, he K'd 3 and picked a runner off 1st. The 'pen took over at that point and tossed 3 scoreless innings between Ryan Webb, Preston Guilmet, and Evan Meek to send the game into extras. Suk-min Yoon came on and got through the 10th easily enough before imploding in the 11th, where he allowed 4 ER via 3 hits and 2 walks.

Christian Walker carried his share of the offense, going 3 for 4 with a walk and his 23rd HR of the season. Henry Urrutia went 2 for 5 as the only other Tide to cobble together a multi-hit game.

Portland (Red Sox) 3 Bowie 1

Our next entry in the day's 'Good pitching performance wasted by poor offense' column is one Tim Berry. The southpaw held the Sea Dogs to 3 hits and 1 ER over 6 innings in which he K'd 6. Here are a couple of in-person tweets regarding his performance:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> Tim Berry 88-93 with mild armside; fixed some of his plant foot issues that were causing arm slot to fluctuate in my last view</p>&mdash; Tucker Blair (@TuckerBlairON) <a href="https://twitter.com/TuckerBlairON/statuses/496791809897799680">August 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a> LHP Tim Berry matching Johnson, basically. 6 k through 6, FB 89-93, secondaries inconsistent but it&#39;s working.</p>&mdash; Jon Meoli (@JonMeoli) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonMeoli/statuses/496809706007310338">August 6, 2014</a></blockquote>

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A foursome of pen arms came on to work 4 scoreless innings before Marcel Prado allowed 2 ER via 3 hits in the 11th.

Mike Yastrzemski and Michael Ohlman provided pretty much all of the offense, with each getting 2 basehits on the night. The rest of the offense combined for 1 single, 0 walks, and 10 Ks. oof. Lil' Yaz found himself on the other end of an Outfield Assist, getting cut down at 2B. So it goes...

Carolina (Cleveland) 3 Frederick 7

Dylan Bundy cut through the Mudcat offense, racking up 7 Ks over 4.1 scoreless IP before reaching his pitch limit. He K'd the side twice and did not walk a batter. Melewski tweeted that his FB was sitting in the 92-94 range, and that he even touched 96 once. All very encouraging signs. If he can build on this performance in his next start, I could foresee him getting bumped up to AAA in order to face some actual major league quality talent before possibly assuming a 'pen role for the O's come September.

The offense, unlike Norfolk & Bowie, actually provided support for their pitcher as every batter had at least 1 base hit. Trey Mancini and Wynston Sawyer provided 3 hit efforts, while 3 others had 2 hit games. Adrian Marin went 1 for 4 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI; but also GIDP'd.

Greensboro (Marlins) 8 Delmarva 5

Luis Gonzalez's 3 start scoreless streak came to a screeching halt when he allowed 3 ER in the 3rd inning of this game. He would ultimately allow 6 ER over 5.1 IP via 4 H, 3 BBs, and a HBP. Hey, the can't all be zingers. We'll see if he can bounce back in his next start or if he may be experiencing some late season fatigue, as he is now 16 innings clear of his previous season high. Nonetheless, the 22 year old lefty has been quite the find for the Duquette regime, posting a 2.84 ERA over 14 games (13 starts) covering 66.2 IP. He has K'd 62 while walking just 22, and not allowed a HR yet. And this isn't a case of him repeating Low-A. He's doing this in his first go-'round at full-season ball. So, thanks Phillies for cutting bait on this kid!

Gregory Lorenzo finished a HR shy of a cycle while driving in 2. Chance Sisco went 1 for 4 with a walk and 2 Ks

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Today, the probable starters are aligned as so:

Norfolk: Off

Bowie:  TBD

Frederick: (RHP) Brady Wager

Delmarva: Off

Aberdeen: TBD