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Orioles minors 4/20: Delmarva gets lone win; Gausman strikes out nine at Norfolk

It was another rough night for most of the guys down on the farm, but Kevin Gausman did have a nice outing in Norfolk getting ready for big-league action. Delmarva's Alex Murphy also continues to rake.

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Charlotte Knights 6, Norfolk Tides 3

The Tides might have lost, but the Orioles won in the grand scheme of things. Kevin Gausman's outing, the only real aspect that mattered on Wednesday, went 5.2 innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits. He did surrender three earned runs, but two came on a J.B. Shuck home run in the 6th innings, late in Gausman's work. Overall, it was a job well done for an arm the O's desperately need to contribute in the coming months.

Even with 13 hits, the Tides couldn't capitalize to get the win. Henry Urrutia picked up a pair of hits, while L.J. Hoes notched two singles to pick his average up to .342.

Erie Seawolves 7, Bowie Baysox 1

It wasn't a great afternoon for Bowie starter Joe Gunkel. He allowed three earned runs (seven in total) over 3.1 innings, giving up seven hits and a walk. He was given the hook after 73 pitches and upped his season-long ERA to 4.50.

Out of the 'pen, it was a nice night for three relievers. Jon Keller went 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball, allowing just a walk. Both Bobby Bundy and Garrett Cortright threw scoreless innings to close out the game.

As far as the lineup was concerned, it wasn't exactly an afternoon of mashing. The Baysox mustered up just seven hits - Trey Mancini picked up two (season average of .319), Mike Yastrzemski had a pair and second baseman Garabez Rosa singled to keep his team-high average of .366.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 13, Frederick Keys 4

As you can probably tell from the final score, it wasn't exactly a good afternoon for Keys pitchers. Wilmington found their way on base plenty, piling up 17 hits and walking five times. They complied five extra-base hits, but did strike out 14 times.

Frederick's pitching was led by Max Schuh, the former UCLA standout who did anything but impress on Wednesday. He lasted just two innings, giving up seven hits, three walks and six runs - all earned. 24-year-old righty Ivan Hernandez picked up where Schuh left off and didn't fare much better, giving up four runs over seven hits.

The lineup didn't exactly light up the stat sheet, picking up just six hits. However, four of those went for extra bases, including a HR from catcher Austin Wynns and a double from former Mount Olive outfielder Jay Gonzalez, who is hitting .314 on the year.

On the bright side, 6'3" right-hander Michael Zouzalik threw three scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, lowering his season ERA to 0.93.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 1

First off, can we appreciate the great team name that Greensboro has? The Grasshoppers ... I think that was the name of my 5-6 coach-pitch tee ball team.

Interestingly enough, Delmarva got one-hit by those pesky Grasshoppers on Wednesday night. Alex Murphy, former Calvert Hall standout, picked up a two-RBI single to propel the Shorebirds to the victory. Other than that, Delmarva did walk three times ... so, there's that.

21-year-old righty Francisco Jimenez went for six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out four. Out of the bullpen, Anne Arundel Community College alum Patrick Baker threw three scoreless to seal the victory.

Today's Schedule

Norfolk vs. Durham Bulls, 6:35. Starter: Terry Doyle

Bowie vs. Harrisburg Senators, 6:35. Starter: David Hess

Frederick vs. Lynchburg Hillcats, 6:30. Starter: TBD

Delmarva vs. Kannapolis Intimidators, 7:05. Starter: Cristian Alvarado