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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 7-4-15

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Not much in the way of fireworks on the farm, but a fair of amount of sparklers

The Gamblor saved the day for the Tides with some welcome 'pen work
The Gamblor saved the day for the Tides with some welcome 'pen work
Norfolk Tides

Norfolk 5 Durham (Rays) 4

Trailing 4-0, the Tides battled back with 2 runs in the 6th, and 1 run each in the 7th, 8th, & 9th to snatch a victory. Tyler Wilson was not at his best, giving up 3 dingers, including back-back shots in the 3rd. No worries for the 'pen though, as Eddie Gamboa was up to the task of saving the day. Gamboa constricted the Bulls' offense over 4 relief innings, allowing no runs and just 1 hit. He did walk 3 but also K'd 5 and induced an inning ending GIDP of one-time O J.P. Arencibia in the 7th. Oliver Drake would come on to work a clean 9th to notch his 13th Save.

The Tides' offense was shooting off snakes and sparklers all game, but lacked any of the good stuff, man...Everyone in the lineup save for Christian Walker (who had an awful game: 0-5 w/ 3 Ks and a GIDP) and Paul Janish had multi-hit games as the good guys put together a 15 hit attack. But of those 15 hits none were homer runs. That's no proper way to celebrate the 4th, lads. Anyway...RBI singles courtesy of Dariel Alvarez and Sean Halton brought in the Tides' first 2 runs in the 6th. Henry Urrutia and Julio Borbon contributed their own RBI singles in the 7th & 8th respectively, bring the game to a tie. Dariel Alvarez would then do it again in the 9th off former O Preston Guilmet to give the Tides the lead. He would later get thrown out at home to end the inning after attempting to score from 1st. This seems to be a bit of a trend with him.

Erie (Tigers) 1 Bowie 2

Quincy Lattimore sent a two run volley over the ramparts in the 3rd to give Bowie all the runs they would need. Trey Mancini continues to thrive in AA. 2-3 with a walk in this one. He is slashing .349 / .387 / .593 over his first 23 games and 90+ plate appearances. Elih Villanueva worked 6.2 strong innings. The only damage sustained for him was a solo home run. Mychal Givens K'd 2 over a clean 1.1 innings.

Frederick 5 Winston-Salem (White Sox) 6 (11 innings)

Another balanced offensive attack as 7 of the 9 hitters notched at least 1 hit. Austin Wynns went 3 for 4 with a walk. Josh Hart and Chance Sisco each had 2 hits. Sisco added a walk of his own, while Hart added a SB. Luis Gonzalez walked 5 and gave up 5 ER over his 4 innings of work. Willams Louico gave up the game in the 11th by walking 2 and allowing 2 base hits. He must have a decent enough arm because he's been allowed to work to a 5.32 ERA over 17 appearances and 22 innings this season as 25 year old in High-A.

Delmarva 1 West Virgina (Pirates) 5

Cameron Kneeland went 4 for 4 with a triple and an RBI for the Shorebirds. The remainder of the offense could not even match that production. Brian Gonzalez has been struggling of late. Just a third of an inning in this one, with 3 BBs, 2 H, and 1 HBP allowed. 3 ER were added to his balance sheet. That makes 14 ER over his last 4 starts, covering a grand total of 13.1 IP.

Aberdeen 4 Mahoning Valley (Cleveland) 3

'15 1st round pick D.J. Stewart went 1 for 4 with a double and a walk. 13th rounder Cedric Mullins continues to impress with a 3 for 5. j.q. higgins' personal cheese-ball prospect Steve Laurino contributed a 2 for 5 day. After 3 seasons in the humid confines of the GCL, Kevin Grendell has emerged in the NYPL and tossed 12 innings of 1.50 ERA thus far. He made his first start in this one, going 3 innings and allowing 1 ER via 5 hits. 22 year old Elias Pinales has yet to allow a run over his 10 innings of relief work.

Bonus GCL coverage!

GCL Rays 2 GCL O's 5

Ryan Mountcastle (2nd selection in the '15 draft; compensation for losing Nelson Cruz) went 4 for 4 with a SB and a run scored. Large slab-o'-beef Seamus Curran went 1 for 5 w/ an RBI and 2 Ks. 28th rounder Christian Turnipseed has 6 Ks over 3 scoreless innings thus far.

Today's probables:

Norfolk: (LHP) Chris Jones

Bowie: TBA

Frederick: (LHP) Mitch Horacek

Delmarva: (RHP) Lucas Long

Aberdeen: TBA