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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5-23-15

The affiliates combine to score just 9 runs, but manage to split their four games thanks to some effective pitching

Josh  Hart is back from injury and doing well with Frederick
Josh Hart is back from injury and doing well with Frederick
Joey Gardner

Rochester (Twins) 1 Norfolk 2

Henry Urrutia and Nolan Riemold each had two hits for the Tides, who have scored just 12 runs over their last 5 games now. Christian Walker and Dariel Alvarez each went 0 for 3. Elih Villanueva tossed 5.1 scoreless innings and K'd 4.

Bowie 3 Richmond (Giants) 2

Terry Doyle allowed 7 hits over 5 innings but limited the damage to just 1 ER in that span. Then the Baysox 'pen was deployed. And when you can roll out 3 guys with ERAs of: 0.90 (Marcel Prado), 1.74 (Ben Rowen), and 1.42 (Mychal Givens), well...that's a good way to end a ball game real early.

And that's also a very good thing to have when the offense is sleepwalking through a game. At one point 15 Baysox were retired consecutively. Bowie was held to just 2 hits and 1 walk through 6 innings before Sean Halton blasted his 4th home run of the season in the 7th. Mike Yastrzemski hit a double, drew a walk, and executed a sacrifice bunt which set up the eventual winning run.

Frederick 3 Lynchburg (Cleveland) 5

Another brief but effective start on the farm as Chris Lee held Lynchburg to just 1 ER over 5 IP. Austin Urban took the L after allowing 4 runs (2 earned) over 2 innings of work. Austin Wynns dropped a catch during a rundown which allowed one of the unearned runs to score. And Drew Dosch threw a ball away to allow the eventual 2nd unearned run to reach base.

The offense created plenty of opportunities for itself, but sputtered to the tune of a 4 for 14 with RISP while leaving 10 men on base. Josh Hart has a hit in each game since returning earlier this week, and a 9 game hit streak dating back to before his injury. He also stole a bag. The 7-8-9 hitters of Austin Wynns, John Ruetigger, and Gregory Lorenzo combined to go 7 for 11 with a walk, a run scored, and a stole base. In addition to his error Drew Dosch went 0 for 5 with 2 Ks.

Delmarva 1 West Virgina (Pirates) 5

John Means was lit up for 5 runs (4 ER) over just 3.2 innings pitched. Dariel Delgado followed him by walking 5 over 2.2 innings of work, but somehow inexplicably did not allow a run. The offense managed just 4 hits. Jomar Reyes did not play. Perhaps that's why.

Your Sunday Funday probables are listed as such:

Norfolk: (LHP) Chris Jones

Bowie: (RHP) Parker Bridwell

Frederick: (RHP) David Hess

Delmarva: (LHP) Brian Gonzalez