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Orioles minor league rundown 8/11: Strong starts high up, blowouts down low

A triple play, a quality start, a blowout, and a whole bunch of other stuff happened on the Orioles farm on Tuesday.

Norfolk Tides 3, Durham (Rays) 1

The imposter Boog Powell went 0-4 leading off the game for the Bulls. As for Norfolk, they made the most of their seven hits to score three runs... which is actually kind of impressive considering they were 0-7 with runners in scoring position in the game. Nobody did a whole heck of a lot at the plate in the game. The runs scored on a pair of sac flies and a groundout with a man on third base.

Lucky for the Tides, they got a great start from Elih Villanueva, who's popped between Bowie and Norfolk this season. The 27-year-old righty was making his sixth start for Norfolk and he held the Bulls to three hits and a walk in seven innings of work. He had four strikeouts too.

One other interesting thing about this game: Norfolk turned a 5-4-3 triple play in the 8th inning. You can watch a video of the play here.

Bowie Baysox 5, Richmond (Giants) 1

The Baysox got all five of their runs in the fifth inning, which, if you're only going to score in one inning of a game, getting five runs is a good way to do things. Our man Trey Mancini was 1-3 with a walk in the game. His one hit was a double. The guy has now played 58 games at the Double-A level this season and has a .973 OPS in those games. The pride of CCBC-Catonsville, Glynn Davis, had no hits but did walk twice and steal a base in the game, his 18th of the season.

Chris "I'm Not Saruman" Lee got the start for Bowie and he had a great outing. The 22-year-old 6'4" lefty, whom the O's plucked from Houston earlier in the year for a couple of international bonus slots they weren't going to use anyway, was making his second start since getting bumped up to this level. Lee pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk. He struck out two batters. Reliever Jon Keller, a 22nd round pick in 2013, made his Bowie debut in relief, one inning of work with nothing across.

Lynchburg (Cubs) 17, Frederick Keys 2

Welp.

Keys starter Luis Gonzalez really was left to wear this one. An error cost him four unearned runs, but then there were the ten hits and one walk that he issued, which led to eight earned runs. Gonzalez has now got a 7.09 ERA in 22 games, 20 starts, for the Keys. Maybe the bullpen is in his future.

West Virginia (Pirates) 10, Delmarva Shorebirds 6

The Shorebirds stormed back from an early deficit to take the lead 6-5 in the seventh inning. Unfortunately, after that, the awesomely-named Nigel Nootbaar got blown up for five runs (three earned) in 1.1 innings of relief. The two unearned runs were unearned as the result of a Nootbaar throwing error.

Silver lining for this game is that Jomar Reyes had a good game at the plate, grabbing a pair of doubles in five at-bats. He may very well be the best position player prospect the team has going for them right now.

Hudson Valley (Rays) 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3

The mighty Renegades had Aberdeen's number in this one. Cedric Mullins led off the game with a home run for the IronBirds, who got a second solo home run later in the inning for a very early 2-0 lead. The lead did not survive through the bottom half of the inning. Hudson Valley grabbed two more runs in the fifth inning and held on the rest of the way. 2015 first rounder D.J. Stewart was 0-4 in the game.

Wednesday's Schedule

Norfolk: at Durham, 7:05. Starter: Steve Johnson

Bowie: vs. Richmond, 7:05. (Military Appreciation Night). Starter: Gene Escat

Frederick: vs. Lynchburg, 7:00. Starter: Mitch Horacek

Delmarva: at West Virginia (Power), 12:05. Starter: Josh Walker

Aberdeen: at West Virginia (Black Bears), 7:05. Starter: TBD

For complete box scores from Tuesday's games, including 2015 picks Ryan Mountcastle, Jason Heinrich, and Gray Fenter in action with the GCL Oriolescheck out here.