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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 5-4-15

Late inning drama sees two affiliates emerge victorious and another fall just shy of a big comeback.

Branden Kline in action with the Keys last season
Branden Kline in action with the Keys last season
Tim Jacobsen

Norfolk 3 Syracuse (Nationals) 1 (10 innings)

The Tides loaded the bases in the 10th courtesy of a lead-off single and two free passes, which set the stage for Chris Parmalee's 2 RBI single. He was the primary mover and shaker for the offense, going 3 for 5 with a double and the aforementioned 2 RBI single. Mr. Parmalee is doing all he can to attract the attention of Dan Duquette, as he is currently slashing .330 / .418 / .468. Of course, old friend Steve Lombardozzi is currently slashing .378 / .463 / .488 with the Pirates' AAA affiliate, and we all know how well that worked out last season...

Eddie Gamboa tallied 89 pitches through just 4 innings of work thanks to 4 hits, 4 walks, a HBP, and 4 Ks. But he did hold the Syracus-ians to just 1 ER in that span. 6 relievers took over from there and held the opposition to just 3 hits over 6 shutout innings, while accruing 11 Ks.

Akron (Cleveland) 0 Bowie 8

Branden Kline with one of the more odd pitching lines you'll encounter: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BBs, 0 Ks. So he was a bit wild / lacking control, but was unable to induce any Ks, and all that contact Akron was making was going right to fielders? Someday's it's better to be lucky than good, I suppose.

The rehabbing J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty were the draw for this game, though. They combined to go 3 for 8 with 2 doubles, 1 walk, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and a post-game BBQ spread. Jason Esposito earned his ribs, going 3 for 4 with a dinger and double, and 3 RBI. Brandon Snyder likes BBQ, too! He socked his 2nd dinger and scored three times.

Frederick 5 Carolina (Cleveland) 6

A seemingly rather dull affair saw the clubs knotted up at 2 in the 8th before the Mudcats put a 4-spot up on the board. Dennis Torres gave up a lead off single and followed that with a walk as a prelude to erring on a sac bunt attempt, leading to one of the runs. A couple of singles scored a couple more runs and a Gregory Lorenzo error led to the eventual winning run. But the Keys would not be dissuaded, and would hang a 3-spot of their own on the board in the top of the 9th. The possible tying run would make it to 3B before a swinging strikeout ended the festivities. Drew Dosch went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI. Brenden Webb socked two doubles and scored twice. Trey Mancini missed out on a Golden Sombrero by one K, going 0 for 4 with 3 whiffs.

Delmarva 4 Augusta (Giants) 3 (10 innings)

Jamill Moquete tied the game in the 9th with a 2 run Home Run and drew a bases loaded walk in the 10th to put the Shorebirds ahead. The 23 year old 32nd Round draft pick has been a pleasant surprise early on, with a nifty slash line of .244 / .424 / .600. (SS) Jared Breen, (1B) Riley Palmer, and (CF) Elier Levya each had 3-hit games, while Alex Murphy added 2 hits to the ledger. Jomar Reyes took an 0-fer, though he did draw a walk.

Fittingly, Sebastian Vader started on May the 4th. And he used the Force for good, striking out 6 and generating 8 groundouts vs. zero flyouts over 6.2 IP while allowing just 2 runs (1 Earned).

Your Cinco de Mayo starters are listed as:

Norfolk: (RHP) Tyler Wilson

Bowie: (RHP) Dylan Bundy

Frederick: TBA

Delmarva: Off