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Orioles minor league rundown, 7/2/2015

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D.J. Stewart debuts; Joe Gunkel keeps rolling; Jonathan Schoop keeps rehabbing...

This is NOT a current picture of Ademar Rifaela
This is NOT a current picture of Ademar Rifaela
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Norfolk Tides 3, Durham Bulls 5

Christian Walker homered and Henry Urrutia doubled as the Tides fell late to the Bulls. Though Walker leads the team in doubles (and it's not particularly close), the homer was only his fifth in 319 plate appearances. T.J. McFarland, Cesar Cabral and Jorge Rondon held the baby Rays in check, but Pedro Beato blew the save opportunity and Wesley Wright was unable to stop the bleeding. Beato and Wright allowed four earned runs.

Bowie Baysox 6, Akron RubberDucks 1

Tonight's seven inning, one earned run effort was Joe Gunkel's fifth consecutive quality start.. Mychal Givens and Richard Rodriguez each chipped in scoreless innings of relief. Tucker Nathans hit his first AA home run while Rossmel Perez tripled and drove in three runs..

Frederick Keys 4, Potomac Nationals 3

Jonathan Schoop homered again as his seemingly endless rehab tour took him to Frederick on this pleasant summer day.  Schoop has homered four times and doubled twice. Chance Sisco singled, but did not allow a steal or a passed ball. Progress! Jay Gonzalez was 0-3 in his Carolina League debut.

Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lakewood BlueClaws 5

Stephen Wilkerson had a great night batting from the leadoff spot. The 2014 draft pick went 4-4 with a double and a walk. Batting second, was T.J. Olesczuk who had three hits (a double, two RBI). Jared Breen doubled and homered while newly promoted Curacao native Ademar Rifaela was 2-4. After blowing the save chance, Nigel Nootbaar picked up the win in this one and Garrett Cortright earned his seventh save of the year. Starter Matt Grimes allowed four earned runs, but struck out five and walked none.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 1, Staten Island Yankees 2

First round pick D.J. Stewart singled and walked in his pro debut. Draft classmates Cedric Mullins and Steve Laurino were each two for four with a double and a homer respectively. Jay Flaa was perfect in an inning of relief.

Complete boxscores for these games and rookie league games are available here.

Today's probables:

NOR: Mike Wright

BOW: Terry Doyle

FRE: Ariel Miranda

DEL: John Means