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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 8-1-15

Some dreadful pitching and some hot hitters contributed to the O's farm yesterday

Blast from the past Adam Loewen is saving games for the Phillies AAA squad now
Blast from the past Adam Loewen is saving games for the Phillies AAA squad now
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Norfolk 4 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 8

The Tides sent the entire lineup to the plate and put up a 4 spot in the 1st, but were stymied from that point on. Every member of the lineup recorded at least one hit, but of the Tides' 12 base knocks, just one went for extra bases. 2-13 with RISP, with 12 LOB. The O's sickness is spreading to the farm system. Christian Walker notched another multi-hit game. Dariel Alvarez had the lone extra-base hit, a double, and walked twice. Eddie Gamboa walked 8! in just 2+ innings of work, and was tagged with 6 ER. Old friend Adam Loewen K'd 3 over 1.2 innings of relief work for Lehigh Valley and earned his 9th Save.

Trenton (Yankees) 6 Bowie 4

Brandon Snyder had a 3-4 night with a double and an RBI, but also chucked a throw away to earn an error. Trey Mancini singled once in 4 at bats while also K'ing twice. Starter Elih Villanueva was tagged for 6 runs (5 earned) over his 5.1 innings of work. He allowed 10 hits (1 HR) and walked 1. Ashur Tolliver K'd 3 over 2 clean innings of relief work.

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Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 3 Frederick 4

Austin Wynns has ben the Keys' hottest hitter of late. 7-14 over his last 4 games. The 24 year old 10th round selection in the '13 draft has had a quietly decent season with a .283 / .351 / .384 line accumulated mostly with Frederick, but also partly with Bowie. It's good to have catching depth in the minors, even if it's just future role 30 (organizational depth) or 40 (MLB bench) players. Anywho...he went 3-3 with a double and a dinger to go along with a walk. Quote-un-quote catcher Chance Sisco took and 0-3 with a walk drawn at the dish while DHing.

Lefty Chris Lee continue his hot pitching. After making 6 starts covering 36 innings of 1.75 ERA in July he starts off August with his best outing this season: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 6 Ks. He did hit one batter and chucked two wild pitches, so let's just say he was effectively wild in this one. Still, the 22 year old has been a gem for the O's system since being acquired from the Astros on May 18th for two international bonus slots the O's were never going to use anyway. Effective use of resources, Warehouse!

Side note: there's an article to be written regarding the fine job the Warehouse has done this season to acquire depth talent to the farm system. None highly regarded. But a number of these guys can fill out the back part of the O's top 20/30 prospect lists. Lee is an example of this, along with Joe Gunkel, Terry Doyle, even Michael Bowden who ended up opting out. I'll likely never get around to it because: lazy. But if I'm offering praise unto the Warehouse there has to be something worthwhile there. Now back to the regularly scheduled programming.

Charleston (Yankees) 4 Delmarva 3

Dariel Delgado kept the game close for 6 innings, allowing just 1 ER while limiting Charleston to 4 hits and no walks. He K'd 4 as well. Stephan Crichton was touched up for 3 runs ( only 1 earned thanks to 2 errors in the inning) in the 7th, but the Shorebirds responded with a 3 spot of their own in the 8th to make it a tense affair again late. Jomar Reyes went 1-5 with 2 Ks. (1B) Derek Peterson was the primary source of offense, going 3-4 with a SB.

Aberdeen 7 Staten Island (Mets) 5

D.J. Stewart is rollin' now. 2-4 with a double, a sac fly, and 2 RsBI. Since a double-header on July 20th (13 games, 58 PAs) he has raised his batting line from .125 / .228 / .208 to .222 / .304 / .364. Rehabbin' Glynn Davis took and 0-4 w/ 2 Ks from the lead off slot. After 13 Ks in 10 IP while with the GCL squad, 28th round pick Christian Turnipseed made his A-ball level debut with 2 perfect  innings of work. He K'd 3.

Check in on the GCL if you so wish to here

Your Sunday starters are:

Norfolk: TBA

Bowie: (RHP) Joe Gunkel

Frederick: (RHP) David Hess

Delmarva: (RHP) Josh Walker

Aberdeen: TBA