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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 7-25-15

The offense combines to score just 7 runs over 5 levels. That's sub-optimal.

Time to give Chance a chance at AA?
Time to give Chance a chance at AA?
Joey Gardner

Durham (Rays) 2 Norfolk 1

Each team left 10 on base, so there was a fair amount of offense; it just didn't translate into runs. Christian Walker's torrid pace was at least temporarily put on ice as he took an 0-4 w/ a GIDP. Steve Clevenger K'd 2 while going 0-3, but he did draw a walk. Dariel Alvarez reached twice in 4 PAs. The 6-9 hitters combined to go 8-15, including a 3-4 effort from Sharlon Schoop.

Chris Jones did what he seemingly always does: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, but his 8 Ks was a well above average effort and season high for him. The 26 year old southpaw has pitched to a 2.78 ERA over 22 appearances, 14 starts, and 97 IP. He's not currently on the 40-man roster but I'd have a hard time imagining him not getting a Sept. call up. It's guys like this why the O's don't need to pay multiple millions of dollars of payroll to the Brian Matuszs, Tommy Hunters, Ryan Webbs, and Wesley Wrights of the world (or trade for relievers at the deadline...) Put that money to use elsewhere.

Bowie 2 Harrisburg (Nats) 3

Following in Christian Walker's lead, Trey Mancini cooled off with an 0-4, including a GIDP as well in this one. Quincy Latimore hit a 6th inning home run to put the first run of the game on the board. Mike Yaz pinch hit in the 9th and drove in a tying run via a triple. But the Walgreen's intermurals squad is not to trifled with, as they put up runs in the 6th, 8th, and finally walked it off in the 9th. Ariel Miranda had an excellent AA debut, allowing just 1 unearned run over 6 IP. He K'd 7 and walked 2 while allowing just 4 hits. Rehabbing Jason Garcia gave up the goat, allowing 2 ERs, including the walk off home run with 2 outs in the 9th.

Winston-Salem (White Sox) 1 Frederick 2 (11 innings)

Luis Gonzalez somehow walked 5 over 5.2 IP and yet only yielded 1 ER. Particularly weird since there were no GIDPs by WS. A quartet of relievers then came in and put up 5.1 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks in that span while striking out 7. Chance Sisco doubled twice in his 5 at bats. His 2nd of the game scored Josh Hart from 1B and walked it off for the Keys. I'll continue to trumpet my call to get Sisco out from behind the plate, promote him to AA and let's see what his bat can do there.

Delmarva 1 Augusta (Giants) 4

Jomar's back, baby! Unfortunately, even his mighty lumber was not enough to put runs on the board for the Shorebirds. He did go 1-4 with his 3rd dinger of the season, though. So that's cool. But he also chucked away two throws for errors. No worries. Welcome back, kiddo. Yermin Mercedes went 2 for 4, so he continues to swing it well. John Means lasted 5.1 innings while giving up just 2 unearned runs. He K'd 5 and walked 3.

Williamsport (Phillies) 5 Aberdeen 1

D.J. Stewart always seems to have a hit or two when I do these write-ups, yet somehow he is still slashing just .187 / .267 / .347. Granted, he has raised that AVG up from .125 in just over a week. So there's that...It's a small sample, but it certainly is a poor first impression for someone who was regarded as an advanced college bat. Hence why you draft best player available and not someone who you think might move quickly and potentially help out at the major league level sooner rather than later. sigh...

Cedric Mullins took an 0-4, and Steve Laurino went 1-4 w/ 2 Ks. The pitching was unspectacular. blah.

Complete box scores are here

Your Sunday Starters are listed as so:

Norfolk: (RHP) Mike Wright

Bowie: (RHP) Parker Bridwell

Frederick: (LHP) Mitch Horacek

Delmarva: (RHP) Dariel Delgado

Aberdeen: TBA