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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5-2-15

Four 1-run games on the farm, with the baby Birds winning two.

Bill Vaughan

Norfolk 3 Rochester (Twins) 4

Pedro Beato gave up a lead off double in the 9th and promptly followed that up by throwing the ball away on a sacrifice bunt, allowing the winning run to score. So that's a unique way to have a walk-off. T.J. McFarland started and yielded 2 runs (1 earned) over 5.2 IP.

The Tides scored all 3 of their runs in the 6th. All came courtesy of a Jayson Nix double, though the 3rd one was deemed a result of an error by the centerfielder, so ix-nay on a Nix-ay RBI; just two for him. Christian Walker and Chris Parmalee contributed 2 hits and a run scored apiece on the night.

Harrisburg (Nats) 1 Bowie 2

Elih Villanueva allowed just 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 ER over 7 IP while K'ing 5. Mychal Givens closed out the final 2 frames with 3 Ks. Over 8 appearances (14.2 IP) his ERA stands at 0.61, with a 22:4 K:BB ratio. Outstanding, I guess...

Mike Yastrzemski is wrecking Eastern League pitching from the lead-off spot currently. 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a triple tonight. He's hit in 7 straight, and is a measly 15 for 33 in that span with 5 doubles and a triple. Following Lil' Yaz in the lineup are Glynn Davis (2 for 3 with and RBI and a BB tonight; 8 for his last 16) and Garabez Rosa (2 for 3 with a BB tonight; 10 for his last 27). That'll play...

Frederick 3 Carolina (Cleveland) 4

The Keys knotted the game up at 3 in the top of the 8th, only to give up the goose in the bottom half of the frame after Jimmy Yacabonis got a case of the Walks, putting two men on via free pass. The first of those would come around to score on an infield hit after Yacabonis had been lifted in favor of Williams Louico. Starter David Hess got roughed up for 3 runs in the 1st, but settled down after that and completed 5 IP without allowing any additional damage.

The offense clawed back 2 runs courtesy of a 5th inning dinger from Trey Mancin, his 3rd on the season. But other than that the offense was mostly the sound of one hand clapping. Or, perhaps more aptly, the sound of a spring breeze passing across a meadow seeing as they K'd 11 times. Poor Brenden Webb took the goldenest of somberos, going 0 for 4 with 4 swinging Ks. ouch.

Delmarva 11 Augusta (Giants) 10

The Shorebirds opened up action with 2 runs in the first. Augusta responded with 3 runs in the first. Delmarva got frisky again with 2 runs in the 5th. Augusta responded with...3 runs in the 5th. The Shorebirds clawed back 1 run in the 6th before blowing the game open with 4 runs in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th. Just to make things interesting, Augusta put up a 4 spot in the 9th. Fun times.

Starter Brian Gonzalez got rocked for 6 ER over 4.2 IP. Command seemed to be lacking judging by the 3 walks and 2 WP he was charged with. 5 Ks is nice though. Derrick Bleeker took it on the chin as well, as he was charged with the four 9th inning runs (3 of those were Earned). Donnie Hart came on to put the rally to bed and earn his 6th Save.

Alex Murphy wrecked shop, going 4 for 4 with a double and a triple, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Jomar Reyes had himself a 3 for 5 night, with an RBI and run scored to boot. The rest of the lineup combined for 13 Ks on the night, though they did also draw 5 BBs, with Jay Gonzalez accounting for 3 of those and 2 of the Ks.

Your Sunday-Funday Probables are:

Norfolk: (RHP) Zach Davies

Bowie: (RHP) Parker Bridwell

Frederick: TBD

Delmarva: (RHP) Matthew Grimes