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Orioles minor league rundown 5/29: A rough day even for the lone winner

Three of the four Orioles farm teams were losers on Friday, though there were a few solid performers scattered through the affiliates, including a nice Norfolk debut for reliever Ben Rowen.

Ben Rowen in action back in Dodgers spring training.
Ben Rowen in action back in Dodgers spring training.
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 7, Norfolk Tides 0

Well... there's really not much positive to say about this. The Tides only had three baserunners in the entire game. RailRiders starter Bryan Mitchell held them to two hits and a walk over eight innings of work.

Tides starter Chris Jones pitched five innings, allowing three runs that were all unearned due to an error made by Rey Navarro, the second baseman. Navarro had one of the two Tides hits and also walked, so it wasn't all bad for him. All bad was reliever Steve Johnson, who somehow managed to give up four walks and two hits in only a third of an inning of work. Johnson gave up four runs, all earned, and his previously pretty ERA is no longer so.

Ben Rowen, acquired in the Ryan Webb trade/money dump faced five batters and retired them all in his first appearance after being promoted to Norfolk.

Harrisburg (Walgreens) 3, Bowie Baysox 2

The Senators got all three of their runs in the seventh inning to beat the Baysox on Friday. Bowie starting pitcher Tim Berry had one of his best outings of the year, giving up only a run on three hits in six innings of work. Berry walked none and struck out four. He also faced one batter in the seventh inning, which happened to be a solo home run.

Following Berry, reliever Gene Escat was a bit of a mess, giving up two runs while not being able to finish the inning. Escat gave up two hits, a walk, and hit two batters while only getting two outs.

Every member of the Baysox starting nine had at least one hit. Clutch hitting was in short supply, though, as Bowie hitters were 1-10 with runners in scoring position.

Frederick Keys 5, Salem (Red Sox) 4

Finally, a winner! This was a bit of a mixed bag of a game for the Keys, who triumphed on the scoreboard but weren't exactly sharp. The team committed three errors, including two throwing errors made by first baseman Trey Mancini - who, to be fair, hit a two-run dinger in the game, his sixth of the season - and there was also a passed ball by Chance Sisco.

On the plus side, the Keys had ten hits, with every starting hitter having at least one except for Sisco. Frederick runners also stole five bases without being thrown out, two each by Anthony Caronia and Brenden Webb and one by Adrian Marin.

West Virginia (Pirates) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 3

A tough day for last year's top draft pick, third rounder Brian Gonzalez, who allowed six runs on four walks and seven hits in only three innings of work. The Power were all over him, and ran freely on the basepaths, stealing five bases in the game - although two were against reliever Max Schuh.

With the week Delmarva has had, just getting through the game without having an injured player was something of a miracle. Interesting catching prospect Jonah Heim suffered a lisfranc (foot) injury while sliding into a base on Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season after he gets surgery.

You can see the complete box scores for each of Friday's games here.

Saturday's Probable Pitchers

Norfolk: T.J. McFarland

Bowie: Parker Bridwell

Frederick: Luis Gonzalez

Delmarva: Matthew Grimes