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Orioles minor league rundown 8/7: Mashin' Trey Mancini is still doing his thing

Down on the Orioles farm Friday, a couple of first basemen had good nights. Christian Walker's three-run home run was almost enough for Norfolk to come back, and at Bowie, Trey Mancini racked up another three hits.

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Indianapolis (Pirates) 6, Norfolk Tides 5

The Eddie Gamboa experiment had another misfire of a night. The knuckleballing Gambler gave up six runs in only 4.1 innings of work - and he might have been lucky to give up only that few runs because he gave up six hits and a whopping six walks in that time. Come on, man.

Norfolk tried to rally late, with a three-run home run by Christian Walker pulling them within a run, but it was too little, too late. The poor outing by Gamboa was just too much to overcome. Walker also had a double as part of a 2-4 game. Walker could really use a hot streak in the last few weeks of the minor league season, because you have to wonder if there's now someone breathing down his neck...

New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 3, Bowie Baysox 2 (11 innings)

...someone in the form of my main man, Mashin' Trey Mancini (nickname subject to change), who is continuing to do this dang thing almost on a daily basis for Bowie. In Friday's game, Mancini racked up another three hits, and at one point in the game he was riding a streak of eight consecutive hits in eight at-bats. That finally broke tonight with a 3-5. His slash line, now with 54 games done in the Eastern League, is .360/.391/.565. Like Walker, he's a first baseman. I'll take it.

Unfortunately, his Baysox teammates didn't generate much offense, and he didn't score even though he was on base three times. Bowie was 0-6 with RISP. They out-hit the Rock Cats 11-7 and still lost. That could be because Baysox pitchers issued seven walks.

Myrtle Beach (Cubs) 8, Frederick Keys 4

Not so fun times for Frederick, where the Keys offense was rendered Null, by Pelicans pitcher Jeremy Null. The Keys committed three errors in the game, but nonetheless all eight runs were well and truly earned by their pitching staff.

Hagerstown (Walgreens) 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 5

A tough loss for the Shorebirds, who carried a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning before Stefan Crichton coughed up four runs in the inning. It was going well until it wasn't. Starting pitcher Josh Walker turned in the minimum quality start, going six innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He did not walk anyone, despite his name, and struck out five batters. I guess it could have been worse.

Aberdeen IronBirds 1, Tri-City (Astros) 0

Probably not the most exciting of games to have watched. The two teams combined for eight hits. This does seem to be a common theme among games played at Aberdeen. Maybe it's the level of competition or maybe it's something about the place.

First rounder D.J. Stewart had two of the four hits for Aberdeen and scored the winning run. He's raised his batting line up to .230/.302/.361 for his season, which is definitely not impressive but is a whole heck of a lot better than it was. Another 2015 pick, Garrett Cleavinger, turned in two scoreless innings. He's pitched in nine games for the IronBirds, tossing 12 innings without allowing a run yet.

Saturday's Schedule

Norfolk: vs. Indianapolis, 7:05. (Navy Night) Starter: Terry Doyle

Bowie: vs. New Hampshire, 6:35. (Fireworks Night) Starter: Joe "The Gunk" Gunkel

Frederick: at Myrtle Beach, 7:05. Starter: David Hess

Delmarva: at Hagerstown, 7:05. Starter: Brian Gonzalez

Aberdeen: vs. Tri-City, 7:05. (Star Wars Night) Starter: TBD

For complete box scores from Friday's contests, including the adventures of both the GCL and DSL Orioles squads, check out here. Preliminary returns for Ryan Mountcastle continue to be positive.