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Orioles Minor League Rundown: 8-22-15

Mostly awful pitching throughout. But Jomar Reyes is awesome, and other hitters did stuff too.

Mike Belfiore is thrilled to be back with the O's
Mike Belfiore is thrilled to be back with the O's
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Toledo (Tigers) 6 Norfolk 4 (Game 1: 7 innings)

(LHP) Mike Belfiore made his return to the O's organization, facing off against his most recent employer. He hadn't pitched in 2 and a 1/2 weeks, so perhaps we can just attribute his 2 ER via 4 hits and 3 walks over 3 IP to be a result of some rust. Of course, the 5.60 ERA he posted over 22 starts and 126+ innings while with Toledo indicates that rust may be the least of his problems...Time will tell.  He posted a 3.18 ERA over 37 appearances and 76.1 innings while with the Tides in '13. A move back to the 'pen may do him some good.

Richard Rodriguez (over 3 IP as well) and Ceasar Cabral (in a more efficient manner of just 1 inning) each allowed 2 ER as well, so it was poo pitching all around for the Tides. The offense hit a bunch of singles, just 1 double, and didn't walk once. Mix in a couple of GIDPs and, well...Dariel Alvarez went 2 for 3. Christian Walker went 0 for 3 and K'd twice.

Toledo 1 Norfolk 2 (Game 2: 7 innings. Makeup from 6/27)

Looks like everyone was just getting a light workout in this one. (LHP) Dana Eveland K'd 4 and walked none over 4 innings. Julio Borbon hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd, and that sealed it up for the Tides. Alvarez went 1 for 3 with a 3-bagger. Walker went 1 for 2 with a walk and a CS.

Altoona (Pirates) 12 Bowie 8

The Curve put up 6 2-run innings in this one. Bowie scored 5 of their 8 runs in the 8th. (RHPs) Gene Escat and Jon Keller each coughed up 4 ER over a combined 5.1 innings. The usual suspects on offense did their work: Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Chance Sisco went 0 for 2, but walked 3 times and scored twice. Corban Joseph put up a 4 for 5 with a double and a walk. Re-hab'n Steve Pearce got some hacks in, going 0 for 2 with a Sac Fly. As a matter of fact, on a night where the Baysox combined to draw 10 free passes Pearce was the only starter not to draw a walk for Bowie. Looks like he's ready to return to the O's...

Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 10 Frederick 5

If you like crap pitching, boy-o-boy was tonight your night. Other than two 3-run dingers (RHP) John Means had a pretty good night. Of course, giving up two 3-run dingers is...sub-optimal. 5+ IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 Ks were the means to his end on the night. (RHP) Dylan Rheault evidently took this as a challenge of some sort and declared 'anything Means can do, I can do better'. So he gave up two 2-run dingers in his 2 innings of work. Progress...?

On offense ( C ) Wynston Sawyer took a mean, mean stride and hit a 2 run homer of his own. Josh Hart took an 0 for 4.

Greenville (Red Sox) 4 Delmarva 5

JO! MAR! JO! MAR! JO! MAR! A double and a dinger for the baby bull led to 4 RsBI for Jomar on the night. weeeeeeee! Can't wait to see him with Frederick next year. (RHP) Matthew 'Rick' Grimes dispatched of 4 Greenville-ians via K over 6 IP while allowing 4 runs, 3 earned.

Brooklyn (Mets) 12 Aberdeen 9

Like with Bowie, another seemingly close game that was truly an early blowout with some later innings ruckus by the Ironbirds. Lazaro Leyva gave up 3 ER over 2 IP. Daniel Ayers added on another 5 runs (3 earned) in his 1 inning of work. Then for good measure Zach Albin tacked on another 4 runs (1 earned) over 3 IP. Kevin Grendell came on and put an end to the nonsense, K'ing 4 over 3 shutout innings.

The offense scored 6 of their runs after the 6th, when the score was already 12-3. (CF) Cedric Mullins went 2 for 3 and walked twice. D.J. Stewart went 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. 2015 14th round pick (2B) Drew Turbin had himself a night, going 3 for 4 with a walk, a 2-run HR, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored.

Read 'em (the boxscores) and weep

Today's probables:

Norfolk: (RHP) Eddie Gamboa

Bowie: (RHP) Joe Gunkel

Frederick: (LHP) Mitch Horacek

Delmarva: (RHP) Josh Walker

Aberdeen: TBA