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Orioles minor league rundown 8/4: Actual prospects doing some damage

Not much good in the high minors for the Orioles affiliates on Tuesday, but down in the lower minors, the O's teams were winners, and a bunch of actual prospects helped them along the way to winning.

Louisville (Reds) 5, Norfolk Tides 2

Not a very exciting one here. It looks like this was a cobbled together bullpen game, probably because the originally scheduled starter was T.J. McFarland, summoned to the MLB club. Tides batters only got three hits against Bats pitchers. New Orioles minor leaguer Junior Lake, the trade return for Tommy Hunter, was 1-3 with a walk and scored one of the two Tides runs.

Binghamton (Mets) 8, Bowie Baysox 2

So... it was one of those nights. Bowie's starter was Sean Fierman, whom the Orioles signed out of independent baseball. It did not go well - like, seven runs, five earned, in five innings. That's a rough debut for a new organization. The last run scored against Jason Garcia (of course) who gave up two hits and a walk in an inning of work.

Of course, why should we be surprised that a guy who never pitched above High-A before this year is struggling even in Double-A? And yet the Orioles have kept up the stubborn determination to keep him on the roster all year just so they can option him next year. He has to get activated on Thursday, I think. Good luck with that.

Here was one piece of good news from this game. My main man Trey Mancini was 2-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. He's now played in 51 games for Bowie and is batting .343/.375/.557. That'll work, dude.

Frederick Keys 8, Salem (Red Sox) 4

It only took three levels, but we have a winner. And this was a good one for actual prospects, too, with 2013 comp. balance pick Josh Hart pulling together a 3-5 night that included a double, and second rounder Chance Sisco went 2-3 and drew a walk as well. That's what you want to see from these guys, because they're among the best chance the Orioles have to eventually like... develop a prospect.

Mikey "Chief" O'Brien had a decent enough start for Frederick, coming one out short of a minimum quality start (6 IP, 3 ER). O'Brien gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Hickory (Rangers) 4

The Shorebirds were actually out-hit by the Crawdads in this game, 15-9 - and Delmarva committed three errors in the contest as well. So that ain't pretty, but a win is a win, right?

Echoing the comment above from Frederick about performance from an actual prospect, the big boy Jomar Reyes had a 3-4 night, including a double and two RBI. On a lower level of possible prospect, another guy who had a nice night was 20-year-old Ademar Rifaela, who hit a home run in two at-bats and also took a walk in the game. Rifaela has walked 16 times in 139 plate appearances - that's allowed! Crazy.

Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Connecticut (Tigers) 5 (14 innings)

The walk-off walk is known as a shrimp. What does that make a walk-off HBP? A scallop? Whatever it was, that was how Aberdeen ended up winning the game. Steve Laurino took one for the team with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th and that was mercifully that.

Elsewhere in the game, my CCBC-Catonsville homeboy Glynn Davis, who's rehabbing from Bowie, went 4-5 and scored a pair of runs. First round pick D.J. Stewart was 2-6 in the game. He's batting .310 over his last ten games, which has raised his average to .230 on the season. Stewart also stole a base - his second.

Wednesday's Schedule

Norfolk: vs. Louisville, 7:05. (Hokie Night) Starter: Chris Jones

Bowie: at Binghamton, 6:35. Starter: Ariel Miranda

Frederick: at Salem, 7:05. Starter: Luis Gonzalez

Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 7:05. Starter: John Means (going for back-to-back no-hitters, naturally)

Aberdeen: vs. Connecticut, 7:05. (Some Cal bobblehead thing) Starter: TBD

For complete box scores from Tuesday's action, including the adventures of both the GCL and DSL Orioles, check out here.