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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5-12-15

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Nice day of pitching on the farm (if you like runs allowed)

Christian Walker is sockin' it to International League pitching currently
Christian Walker is sockin' it to International League pitching currently
Les Treagus / Norfolk Tides

Scranton/WB (Yankees) 4 Norfolk 3

Scheduled starter Mike Wright was scratched at the last moment due to his impending ascension to the bigs, so Steve Johnson filled in. Son of Dave only lasted 2 innings however after allowing 3 hits and 2 ER, both of which scored via a 1st inning dinger. Michael Bowden then gave up 2 ER of his own over his 4 innings of work.

Christian Walker now has an 8 game hit streak after going 2 for 3 with a SF RBI. He has multiple hits in 4 of those games. In 7 of his last 10 games played, Henry Urritia has recorded a hit. In 5 of that subset of 7 games he has recorded two hits, as he did in this game. He also got picked off 1B though. whompwhomp. Nonetheless, he has hit to the tune of .324 over his last 10, with a nifty 7:5 BB:K ratio. Steve Clevenger had himself a 3 for 4 night.

Bowie 4 Altoona (Pirates) 6

When your 1-2 hitters (Mike Yaz and Glynn Davis) combine to go 6 for 9 with 2 doubles and a walk one would hope to have a big offensive night. Especially when 3 other hitters in the lineup have multi-hit nights. But the Baysox put up a 3 for 15 with RISP and stranded 12 on the night. Primary culprits being 3 hitter Garabez Rosa and 5 hitter Jason Esposito, who combined to go 0 for 10 with 5 Ks. eeesh.

Starter Elih Villanueva gave up 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings and that was all the Curve needed to take this game.

Frederick 6 Lynchburg (Cleveland) 5

5 run 1st innings are typically supposed to be a death-knell for a team's prospects of winning a game. Not so for the Keys on Tuesday. David Hess gave up 3 long balls and 5 runs in the 1st inning. So of course he proceeded to retire 12 straight, with 6 via K after that. Wait...what?

The offense opened the game with a 2-spot of their own, so the 5 run bottom of the 1st wasn't as crippling a deficit as it would seem at first blush. A 3 run 3rd and a tack on run in the 4th put the Keys up for good. 1-2 hitters Tucker Nathans and Jeff Kemp did their best Yaz & Davis impression, combining to go 6 for 9 with 3 doubles (all via Mr. Kemp), a dinger, a walk, and a SB. Drew Dosch had another 1 for 4 night. He's 13 for his last 40 over the last 10 games. Trey Mancini went 2 for 3 with a walk, and Adrian Marin went 2 for 4 with a SB.

Augusta (Giants) 8 Delmarva 5 (Game 1, 7 innings)

More shoddy starting pitching work, as John Means 7 runs (just 4 earned though) via 9 hits (1 home run) over 3 IP. Jomar Reyes connected for his 2nd dinger of the the season and went 2 for 3 in the game. Jamill Moquete knocked a double and scored a run. However, Reyes and Moquete each GIDP'd. (2B) Stephen Wilkerson had a clean 4 for 4 effort at the dish. Outfield Assist honors of the day go to Conor Bierfeldt, who threw out a runner at the plate.

Augusta (Giants) 1 Delmarva 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

Get-away game in Delmarva. This one was quite obviously a barn-burner of an affair. The Shorebirds K'd 11x over 7 innings. They learned it by watching the O's. They learned it by watching you, dad. Jomar Reyes had 2 errors. He seems to be quite the student of the game and has been taking copious notes regarding the O's fielding of late. Moving on...

Your Wednesday probables will not include Hunter Harvey. See the front page if you are not up to date on that situation. Maybe pop a Prozac before though...

Norfolk: (LHP) Chris Jones

Bowie: (RHP) Parker Bridwell

Frederick: (LHP) Luis Gonzalez