Norfolk Tides 10, Gwinnett (Braves) 2
A quartet of erstwhile big leaguers punished the Gwinnett pitching staff for two hits apiece - David Lough, Christian Walker, Nolan Reimold, and Julio Borbon all showed that they'd like to get themselves back to the majors. Whether they do so with the Orioles is another story. Lough, who tripled and drove in four runs, gets the biggest props.
Another duo with big league time, Steve Johnson and Pedro Beato, combined for three scoreless innings of relief. It's almost like there are guys who are good enough to reliably succeed against a mix of fringy journeymen but aren't always good enough to succeed against MLB competition. Best of luck to all of these guys, though.
Norfolk, by the way, is now three games up on Gwinnett for the lead in the North division of the International League. They have 11 games left to play, including six games against these Braves.
Reading (Phillies) 9, Bowie Baysox 4
Not the greatest of days for The Gunk, Joe Gunkel, who was jumped on for a Tommy Hunter special (five runs, all earned) on nine hits and two walks in 5.1 innings of work. Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield.
The game was not without some bright spots for Bowie, though, with our main man Trey Mancini continuing to rake the baseball. Mancini had a 2-5 night that included a double and his 11th home run of the year at Double-A. It's now been 74 games for Mancini at this level and he is batting .351/.389/.570. Counting his time in Frederick, he's hit 19 home runs in 126 games. That's not going to win you any crowns, but it has surely gotten the organization's attention.
Winston-Salem (White Sox) 6, Frederick Keys 3
The thing about the Keys is that, now that Chance Sisco has been promoted, there aren't many interesting names on this roster. This might have been where Hunter Harvey would be posting his numbers this year, but, well, you know. So anything that happens - it matters, but it doesn't matter, right?
There are some players who you could squint and say, yeah, sure, potentially some day they might turn into something, like Adrian Marin (1-3 in the game) and Josh Hart (0-5), but mostly it's a lot of guys grinding it out who don't have the majors in their future, and when that collection of grinders gets a total of five hits, there's not much to say about it.
The Dash had one of the top 50 prospects in the game, Carson Fulmer, starting, although he only pitched three innings, so that might be some of why the Keys didn't have much going on.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
As the capstone indignity in a five-run first inning allowed to the Intimidators, third baseman Jomar Reyes took a bad hop ground ball to the face. He was removed from the game immediately, hopefully just as a precuation. Things never got any better from there for the Shorebirds, who committed three errors in the game and only mustered seven hits.
Steel Russell, brother of Stone and son of John, was the lone Delmarva player with multiple hits.
Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Brooklyn (Mets) 2
Does it mean anything that 28th round pick Christian Turnipseed has now gone 23 scoreless innings since being drafted by the Orioles? Probably not. The guy's 5'11", which is short for a professional pitcher, and is 23 years old. But it still beats the alternative.
The IronBirds grabbed eleven hits against the Cyclones, picking up a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning and holding on the rest of the way, in part thanks to the two clean innings from Turnipseed. 2015 draftees Cedric Mullins and Drew Turbin both had multi-hit games.
Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: Mike Belfiore
Bowie: at Reading, 6:35. Starter: Nick Additon
Frederick: at Winston-Salem, 6:30. Starter: TBD
Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 7:05. (Fireworks!) Starter: TBD
Aberdeen: at Brooklyn, 6:00. Starter: TBD
It's going to be a busy day for TBD. I hope his arm doesn't fall off.
For complete box scores from all of Friday's games with the Orioles affiliates, including the adventures of 2015 7th round pick Gray Fenter with the GCL Orioles, check out here.