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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 4-21-15

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The affiliates alternate wins and losses with some good pitching and some less good pitching.

Gwinnett (Atlanta) 5 Norfolk 4

Gwinnett took a one run lead in the 5th and their bullpen held it for a victory Tuesday evening. T.J. McFarland yielded all 5 runs over his 5 innings of work. He has more ER (10) than Ks (9) on the season so far. That's sub-optimal.

Nolan Reimold took an 0-5 with 2 Ks from the top of the order. Dariel Alvarez went 2 for 4 and blasted his first dinger of the season. Christian Walker also put together a 2 for 4 effort.

Richmond (Giants) 4 Bowie 10

A 6 run 4th inning in which they legit batted around (the first batter of the inning came up a 2nd time) would be enough for the Baysox on this night. That 4th started off with Glynn Davis reaching via error, which was promptly followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases. Jason Esposito brought in the first two runs of the inning with a single. Chris O'Brien would then single to load the bases again, setting up a 2 RBI double for Michael Burgess. Fast forward to a one-out Sharlon Schoop single which would score 2 more and that's how Bowie did their damage. The aforementioned Chris O'Brien would add an Earl Weaver Special to his nightly resume in the 5th. 3 for 4 with a double and a dinger for him. That'll play.

Parker Bridwell got off to a rough start, giving up a lead off double, a walk, and a wild pitch in the 1st inning. But he ultimately put up a zero thanks to two Ks and a pickoff. His 2nd inning got off to a better start with two Ks looking sandwiching a one-out single. But he followed that up with another single and two walks to allow the game's first run. The 3rd commenced with another lead off base hit which was followed by a 2 run dinger. But he settled down and K'd the next two and ultimately retire 6 in a row before departing in the top of the 5th after 94 pitches. The pen would yield just 1 ER over the final 5 frames to secure the win for Bowie.

Frederick 1 Lynchburg (Cleveland) 4

Early season arm of intrigue David Hess took the bump for the Keys. A local beat writer tweeted this:

He would cruise through the 5th inning, retiring 10 in a row at one point, before running into trouble in the 6th. Back-to-back singles to open the inning put the pressure on. He would nearly escape the jam, getting a K and a flyout before loading the bases with a two out walk. Those are never good. Pitching change time, and the 'pen was unable to shutdown the inning as Dennis Torres promptly cleared the bases by allowing a triple. Tough luck for Hess, who finishes with a final line of 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BBs, 7 Ks.

The offense did bupkis. Chance Sisco was activated from the disable list after his hand bruising, and he went 1 for 3 with a walk. Adrian Marin had the only multi-hit effort for the Keys, going 2 for 4.

Delmarva 6 Hagerstown (Nationals) 3

Brian Gonzalez got the start, and was more or less decent. 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BBs, 3 ER, 1 K. The Sun's Jon Meoli was on hand tweeting his observations:

The pen took over from there and did excellent work aside from Zeke McGranahan, who had some control issues suffice it to say. 3 BBs and a HBP over 2.2 IP for him. But no runs allowed, so that's what ultimately matters.

As for the offense, let's play some Mad Libs:

Strong as _______. You fill in the blank.

But yeah...1 for 4 with that donger for the strapping lad from Santo Domingo. Local lad Alex Murphy had a 2 for 4 night with a double and 3 RBI.

Today's probables be listed as:

Norfolk: (RHP) Zach Davies

Frederick: (LHP) Luis Gonzalez

Delmarva: (RHP) Matthew Grimes