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Orioles minor league rundown 9/11: Norfolk, Bowie grab wins in playoff series

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Both of the remaining Orioles affiliates grabbed wins in their playoff series on Friday. Norfolk evened up their best of five with Columbus at a game apiece. Bowie pulled to within a win of a series win over Altoona with an 11-3 win.

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Norfolk Tides 6, Columbus (Indians) 1 (Series tied 1-1)

Friday saw the continuation of a game that was suspended in only the second inning on Thursday due to rain. It was scoreless when it was suspended. After resuming the game, the Tides proceeded to give a rude welcome to Clippers reliever/starter Toru Murata. They ended up scoring five runs in the four innings Murata pitched. Both Henry Urrutia and Christian Walker hit a home run off of Murata while there was a man on base, which accounted for most of the Tides offense.

On the other side of the ball for Norfolk, Tyler Wilson pitched in "relief" at the resumption of the suspended game. His day went much better than his counterpart, as he threw 67 pitches over five innings of work and only gave up a run on four hits while striking out three batters. Each of Pedro Beato and Oliver Drake added a scoreless inning. Chris Jones, who started the game on Thursday, pitched two scoreless innings before the rain came and washed everything away to another day. But all of the stats still counted!

This series goes to Columbus for Saturday through Monday, if three games are necessary. If either team wins the next two, the series will be over. The winner of this series will advance to play the Indianapolis Knights for the league championship. Indianapolis finished off Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees affiliate, on Friday.

Bowie Baysox 11, Altoona (Pirates) 3 (Bowie leads, 2-1)

It may be possible that, after the failure of Travis Snider with the Orioles this year, you gazed upon box scores where Steven Brault and Stephen Tarpley, who the Orioles traded to get Snider, happened to pitch. As both of those gentlemen did fairly well for themselves in the Pirates system this year, while Snider was DFA'd off of the Orioles with a not-quickness, it was not a good thing to see.

One game does not make or break any given trade, but it is interesting nonetheless that the Baysox laid waste to Brault in the Double-A playoffs on Friday night. They socked him for six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Quincy Latimore, who is 26, mind you, did a whole lot of the damage, driving in six runs for Bowie in the game. He hit two doubles and two home runs. Trey Mancini, Corban Joseph brother of Caleb, Garabez Rosa, and Ozzie Martinez also had multi-hit games for the Baysox. That does not suck.

Bowie was also helped out in this game by a strong start from lefty Christopher "I'm Not Saruman" Lee, who you may recall they received from the Astros in a minor trade earlier in the year where the Orioles gave up a couple of international bonus slots they were not going to spend anyway. Lee gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of work, walking one and striking out four. At 23, he's still young-ish for this level and has acquitted himself well for Bowie this season.

The Baysox are one win away from advancing on from this best-of-five series. All remaining games in the series will be played at Bowie. The winner of this series will face the winner of Reading's (Phillies) matchup against Binghamton (Mets). Reading leads that series 2-0.

Saturday's Schedule

Norfolk: at Columbus, 7:05. Starter: Elih Villanueva

Bowie: vs. Altoona, 6:05. Starter: David Hess

If you would like complete box scores from either of these games, check out here.