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Orioles minor league rundown 7/28: A gold medal catch for one prospect

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Tuesday in the Orioles minors, knuckling wasn't in fashion, Bowie made like Hulkamania, one prospect in Frederick made a gold medal catch, and Jomar Reyes continued his hot return to Delmarva's lineup.

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Pawtucket (Red Sox) 6, Norfolk Tides 0

In recent days, I have seen multiple Orioles beat writers reference the success of Norfolk as some positive for the organization. It was not a banner day for the Tides at all. They only got five hits, although they also walked four times, which made for a few scoring chances - all of which they blew.

The Gambler, Eddie Gamboa, pitched 6.2 innings for Norfolk, and left the game having only allowed two runs... unfortunately for Gamboa, he left two men on base also and Dana Eveland (yes, that one) pulled a Matusz with the inherited runners, though in un-Matuszian fashion, Eveland also allowed his own runners to score. Gamboa walked four and struck out six, giving up four runs on five hits in his time in the game.

Bowie Baysox 6, Akron (Indians) 3

Here's a fluke for you. The Baysox scored six runs in this game but only had two RBI, both of which came on solo home runs. Many more of baseball's potential scoring quirks can be found far more often in minor league action, although as we know, our big league Orioles are more than capable of occasionally scoring six runs while going 0-11 with RISP.

Joe "The Gunk" Gunkel delivered the bare minimum quality start, three runs on five hits in six innings, which was enough on this night. Gunkel did not walk anybody and struck out four batters, including the Governor of Brohio, Nick Swisher, who's down there on a rehab assignment.

Baysox players made like Hulkamania and ran wild on the Rubber Ducks in the game, grabbing four stolen bases. Recent favorite Trey Mancini had one of those steals. He was 1-4 in the game, picking up a double and also a walk.

Carolina (Braves) 7, Frederick Keys 4

A five-run sixth inning is what sank the Keys against the Mudcats. The thing about the Keys is there really aren't many noteworthy prospects on the team at all, so even when they scratch out some runs, if Chance Sisco or Josh Hart aren't really involved, which they weren't on Tuesday, there's not much to say about them.

There was this cool thing that happened, though:

That is 24-year-old right fielder Tad Gold, 0-3 in this game but sporting a .896 OPS in the 14 games since being bumped up to Frederick. This catch was #3 in the Top 10 on SportsCenter on ESPN on Tuesday night. Congratulations to him for making an awesome play.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Augusta (Giants) 4

Actual prospect Jomar Reyes has been back in the Shorebirds lineup for four games. He has hits in all four games and home runs in two of them. On Tuesday, Reyes went 1-3 and took a walk. He scored two of the five Shorebirds runs.

Delmarva was actually out-hit by the Green Jackets 9-5. Five runs on five hits - is that allowed? The Shorebirds didn't even have any extra base hits! They did walk six times, though, which is a decent number for a team in a game.

Aberdeen IronBirds 10, Auburn (Walgreens) 0

That's what you like to see. Eight of the nine Aberdeen hitters had at least two hits in the game, including 2015 first rounder D.J. Stewart, who had a 2-5 night that included a double and a walk. Stewart has been panned by some segments of the prospect-industrial complex, and it is indeed true he's only batting .193/.281/.349 - but it's early in the day of his pro career.

25th rounder Steve Laurino, Aberdeen's first baseman, was a dude getting things gone, going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk in the game. He scored every time he safely reached base. Starting pitcher Francisco Jimenez also had a good day, holding the Doubledays to two hits and a walk in six innings of work. This Jimenez struck out two batters in that game.

Wednesday's Schedule

Norfolk: at Pawtucket, 7:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson

Bowie: at Akron, 12:05. Starter: Terry Doyle

Frederick: at Carolina, 7:00. Starter: Mikey "Chief" O'Brien

Delmarva: OFF

Aberdeen: at Delmarva, 7:05. Starter: TBD

For complete box scores from Tuesday's Orioles affiliates, including the adventures of the GCL Orioles and DSL Orioles, you can check them out on milb.com here.