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Orioles minor league rundown 5/15: Rain falls in Indianapolis

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Rain cut things short for Norfolk, there was a mighty struggle for one O's pitching prospect in Bowie, and some less-heralded names in the low minors helped their teams to victories.

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Indianapolis (Pirates) 9, Norfolk Tides 1 (7 innings)

This game was called off early due to rain. Anything might happen in a baseball game, of course, but I think that this one was pretty much wrapped up, don't you?

Tides starter Eddie Gamboa was not in possession of a magic knuckler in the game. He was blown out of there before he could even complete two innings, managing to give up a Tommy Hunter (five runs, all earned) on five hits and four walks. That is a bad night at the office.

Norfolk actually briefly led the game. Chris Parmelee delivered a first inning home run to put the Tides up 1-0. It was all downhill from there. That was Parmelee's third home run of the year. The only other Tides batter to get a hit in the game was Steve Clevenger.

Richmond (Giants) 8, Bowie Baysox 4

Oh, gosh. It was one of those nights. Dylan Bundy has been plugging away at some three-inning starts because this is part of some inscrutable master plan of the Orioles. He did not finish three innings on Friday because he too was blown out of the game early. Bundy gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits. He pitched two innings plus two batters in the third, walked none, and struck out two. Why can't we have nice things?

Though the Baysox were behind by a lot early, they did keep plugging away at the deficit. They ended up with 12 hits in the game, including a four-hit performance by Ozzie Martinez. Glynn Davis added three hits, including two doubles. Mike Yastrzemski also had a multi-hit game. The Baysox were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position, which is impressive in its own way.

Frederick Keys 4, Potomac (Walgreens) 1

Keys starter Jhonathan Ramos, whose name I must admit I have never seen before I looked up this box score, got things started with five scoreless innings. It was his third start for Frederick. Probably I have never heard of him because he is 25 years old and in High-A.

Frederick didn't get many chances in the game, with only three at-bats coming with runners in scoring position. They collected two hits in three of those at-bats, though. That'll do. Second baseman Jeff Kemp had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in two runs. He hit his third home run in the eighth inning to deliver a couple of insurance runs. Cody Wheeler picked up his fifth save of the year after getting the final five outs.

Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Greensboro (Marlins) 4

Just last year, Grasshoppers starter Tyler Kolek was the #2 overall pick in the draft. Just last night, he gave up four runs in five innings against the Shorebirds. Delmarva touched him up for five hits and also took walks, though he struck out six batters. That must have been a nice night for the O's affiliate, because let's face it, most of that roster is not heralded in any way.

Greensboro actually out-hit Delmarva 14-9 in the game, but the Shorebirds got hits when it counted. Jay Gonzalez, Jomar Reyes, and Jonah Heim all had two hits in the game. Gonzalez stole his tenth base of the season; Greensboro catcher Rodrigo Vigil must not have kept a very good watch. Club RBI leader Conor Bierfeldt added two more, giving him 28 for the year.

Saturday's Probable Pitchers

Norfolk: Tyler Wilson

Bowie: Tim Berry

Frederick: Mitch Horacek

Delmarva: Sebastian Vader