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Orioles minor league rundown, 7/5/2015

You know who's been pretty good this year? The Norfolk Tides.
You know who's been pretty good this year? The Norfolk Tides.
Elaina Ellis

Norfolk Tides 8, Durham Bulls 5

The Tides scored six in the first and then lapsed into their catenaccio defense. Sean Halton hit a grand slam and Derrik Gibson, who's quietly put together a nice season (.387 OBP since moving up to Norfolk) tripled. Chris Jones was his usual (at least as far as 2015 Chris Jones is concerned) competent self allowing three runs in his six innings. Jones has yet to allow more than three runs in a start this season.

Bowie Baysox 8, Erie Seawolves 10

The Baysox were rolling until they run into a spot of bother in the eighth. Kenn Kasparek and Marcel Prado got one out while allowing nine baserunners and seven earned runs. The good news is that Tim Berry pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in his first appearance as in relief for the Baysox. If you want to know what's up with Trey Mancini, I'm glad you asked. It seems that, while not making the rounds as a Mark Ruffalo lookalike, Mancini is earning his pay demolishing the Eastern League. With two more doubles and a single today, Mancini's pushed his SLG up to .615

Frederick Keys 5, Winston Salem Dash 2

Nice to see Mitch Horacek rebound after a tough June. The lefty from Littleton, CO struck out six in seven innings and allowed only two unearned runs. Indy league reclamation project Tanner Witt doubled twice and Jay Gonzalez got his first two Carolina League hits.

Delmarva Shorebirds 1, West Virginia Power 3 (Suspended)

Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3

The top of the order walked six times and the bottom of the order had six hits. Interesting recipe for success, but whatever works. D.J. Stewart was a member of the two walk club, while Steve Laurino, Mike Odenwalder and Randolph Gassaway had two hits. Odenwalder also threw out a runner trying to score, but was caught stealing. Jean Cosme made a decent start and has now struck out 18 batters in 18.2 innings this season Garrett Cleavinger pitched a scoreless debut.