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Orioles minor league rundown, 8/7/2014

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Saundo returns; Baysox avoid sweep...

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Joey Gardner

Norfolk Tides 4, Gwinnett Braves 5

Steve Johnson has now walked eleven batters in nine innings since returning to Norfolk. In his first game since returning to the organization, Joe Saunders had a very Joe Saunders outing. The big fella allowed four hits and a run in two innings. No walks, but he did get a strikeout.

After not homering in his first nine games in AAA ball, Christian Walker has now homered four times in his last tn games. He also walked, as he is wont to do. Steve Clevenger walked twice and singled, while Dariel Alvarez tripled and Henry Urrutia singled.

Bowie Baysox 6, Portland Sea Dogs 3

The Baysox avoided a sweep at the hands of northeastern juggernaut (74-45) with a game effort from a trio of journeymen. Nick Additon, Matt Bischoff and Steve Hensley held the Sea Dogs to two earned runs with Bischoff allowing only two baserunners in two scoreless innings of work.

Mike Yastrzemski and Buck Britton each doubled and walked while Glynn Davis doubled and singled. Lil Yaz has slashed .303/.355/.488 in 20 games at Bowie. In his tour of the system this year, he has achieved OBPs of .365, .364 and .355.

Frederick Keys 4, Carolina Mud Cats 6

Grit and gumption weren't enough to carry Branden Kline to victory, but he hung in on a night four earned runs and a homer. The Mud Cats scored all the runs they'd manage off of Kline in the fifth, but Kline came back in the sixth to strike out two batters and induce a weak infield fly after a leadoff single. On the night, Kline struck out six and induced seven groundouts.

Jerome Pena continues to go bananas at the top of the order in the stead of Glynn Davis. Pena has slashed .382/.436/.618 in his last ten and has a second half OBP of .378. Trey Mancini hit his fifth double in his last ten games, while Brenden Webb homered and walked. Wynston Sawyer singled and walked. Sawyer's walked in 10.% of his PAs.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Lakewood Blueclaws 3 (12)

Drew Dosch continued his scalding hot second half tear with a 3-5 night. The Youngstown State man fell a homer short of the cycle and also walked. Dosch is slashing .362/.428/.425 in 43 games since the All Star break. Josh Hart and Greg Lorenzo each stole a pair of bases, while Hart singled three times and walked and Lorenzo singled and tripled. Austin Wynns threw out a pair of ambitious Blueclaws who must have confused him for Chance Sisco. Wynns had thrown out 39% BEFORE this game.

Mitch Horacek logged a quality start, striking out seven in the process, but the bullpen would allow five baserunners in the next six innings allowing the Shorebirds to take the lead in the 12th. Nick Cunningham vultured the win in his first relief appearance of the season.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 1, Vermont Lake Monsters 9

If someone was making plans for Nigel, it appears it was the Vermont Lake Monsters. The wonderfully monikered Nigel Nootbaar had his toughest professional outing to date in allowing two homers and six runs to the Low A...A's. DC native/Towson alum Nik Nowottnick kept a clean sheet over three innings and Max Schuh stuck out two in one inning.

Whoever is coaching the Ironbirds on baserunning...yeesh. The Ironbirds put 14 men on base, but had three thrown out trying to steal including the sixth CS for Jay Gonzalez. Austin Anderson, Riley Palmer and Alex Murphy each picked up a couple hits. Palmer also walked.

Boxscores for 8/7/2014

Today's Probables

Norfolk Tides @ Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 pm
NOR: Josh Stinson

Bowie Baysox @ Trenton Thunder, 7:05 pm
BOW: Anthony Vasquez

Frederick Keys vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks

Delmarva Shorebirds @ Lakewood BlueClaws, 5:05 pm and TBD
DEL: Dariel Delgado, Bennett Parry

Aberdeen Ironbirds vs. Vermont Lake Monsters, 7:05 pm