On Thursday, the Orioles started to draft the next crop of minor leaguers. The guys who are already here had some games to play. Some of them even won.
Durham (Rays) 3, Norfolk Tides 2
Although the Tides held the Bulls to five hits and didn’t issue any walks in the game, they were edged by a run. Norfolk hitters only got five hits themselves, three of which were collected by catcher Audry Perez. That was mostly it for offense. Trey Mancini went 0-2 but drew a pair of walks, if you’re into that.
Tides starter Joe “The Gunk” Gunkel went the distance in the loss, allowing three earned runs over eight innings. All of the damage he allowed was to the home run, including one hit by rehabbing big leaguer Logan Forsythe.
Former Orioles minor leaguer Eddie Gamboa ended up getting the win for the Bulls after pitching two scoreless innings late in the game.
Bowie Baysox 10, Portland (Red Sox) 7
This looks like a wild game, and it was, although the Baysox actually led comfortably for a lot of it, taking a 9-1 lead into the seventh inning before their bullpen started giving up hits and runs like they were going out of style.
Brandon Barker, acquired in the Brian Matusz salary dump, pitched six strong innings, allowing only a run on three hits and two walks while in the game.
As for the Baysox hitters, they picked up 13 hits over the course of the game, including a 3-6 game for Adrian Marin, who drove in four runs. Chance Sisco, serving as the DH in this game, went 2-5 and also drove in one of the Baysox runs. Sisco’s batting line this season is now .319/.409/.392 in 48 games played.
Frederick Keys 6, Potomac (Walgreens) 3
Another recently-acquired O's minor leaguer, Franderlin Romero, got the ball to start this game. Over five innings, Romero allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven P-Nats batters. He’s 3-0 since joining the Keys, with a 3.18 ERA. That’s not too shabby.
Following Romero was Tanner Scott, who pitched a typically Scott-ian kind of outing, holding Potomac off the scoreboard while giving up a hit and two walks over two innings of work. He also struck out one.
The Keys actually pulled off scoring six runs while getting only six hits. The dude Jonah Heim grabbed two of the six hits on the night, driving in one of the Keys runs. Heim’s offense is his skill that he needs to prove, so any good night at the plate is good news for him. He's now batting .236/.330/.395 for Frederick.
Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Lakewood (Phillies) 1 (10 innings)
Another extra innings contest for the Shorebirds, though this one, mercifully, took only one more frame to settle. Natanael Delgado ended things when he led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a home run. The Shorebirds were outhit, 6-5, and it didn’t matter.
Ofelky Peralta, one of the O's few international signees, started the game. He was more than a bit wild, walking five batters over 5.2 innings of work. He held the BlueClaws to just three hits. Command needs some work, but it is something to build on.
For complete box scores from these games, including the adventures of the Orioles Dominican Summer League teams, check out here.
Today’s Scheduled Games
- Norfolk: at Gwinnett, 7:05. Starter: Nick Additon
- Bowie: at New Hampshire, 7:05. Starter: Jason Garcia
- Frederick: at Potomac, 7:05. Starter: TBD
- Delmarva: vs. Lakewood, 7:05. Starter: Brian Gonzalez