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Orioles minors 6/14: J.J. Hardy starts his rehab

The farm teams were one extra-inning loss from a clean sweep last night. More importantly, J.J. Hardy is working his way back to the Orioles.

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Norfolk Tides 4, Charlotte Knights (CWS) 1

Joe “The Gunk” Gunkel was pitching a gem last night that was unfortunately interrupted by an hour-long rain delay. He threw just 68 pitches in five innings with only one walk and four hits. He struck out four. He also got five ground ball outs to just one fly out. Nice game, Gunk!

On offense, Dariel Alvarez homered while L.J. Hoes, Ozzie Martinez, and Audry Perez each had two-hit games. Trey Mancini went 1-for-4, Mike Yastrzemski was hitless, and Christian Walker had the day off.

Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 5, Bowie Baysox 4 (10 innings)

The big news from this game is that J.J. Hardy made his first rehab start after breaking his foot on a foul ball back on May 1st. Hardy batted second and played six innings, going 2-for-3.

After the game, Steve Melewski talked to Hardy to see how he felt. Hardy, ever the wordsmith, said “You know, it felt all right.” It’s actually a very nice interview, you should check out the whole thing. Hardy is scheduled to play two more games for Bowie before the Orioles determine his next move.

John Means started for the Baysox and pitched six innings with two runs allowed. The game was tied going into the 10th inning when Jimmy Yacabonis gave up two runs to earn the loss.

Frederick Keys 5, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC) 4

The Keys had an all bullpen game last night as Ivan Hernandez, Austin Urban, and Mike Burks each pitched three innings in the win.

On offense the Keys racked up 12 hits with catcher Jonah Heim getting two doubles in the contest. RF Conor Bierfeldt, 3B Jomar Reyes, and 2B Anthony Caronia also had two hits.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis Intimidators (CWS) 4

The Intimidators rallied in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off of closer Christian Turnipseed. It wasn’t all his fault, though, as the Birds made three errors in the inning, two by shortstop Ryan Mountcastle.

Before that nightmare of an inning the Shorebirds’ pitchers were having a good night. Starter Ofelky Peralta pitched five innings with seven strikeouts against just one walk. He gave up only one run. Relief pitcher Jay Flaa pitched two innings with just one hit allowed.

Catcher Yermin Mercedes had two of the the Shorbirds six hits, and his double was their only hit for extra bases. Alex Murphy, who played first base, was 0-for-2 with a walk. Mountcastle singled in four trips and D.J. Stewart was hitless.

Today's Games

  • Norfolk @ Charlotte, 7:05 PM. Starter: Nick Additon
  • Bowie vs. Portland, 6:35 PM. Starter: Brandon Barker. It's Jennifer Appreciation Day! So if that’s your name, go be appreciated.
  • Frederick @ Myrtle Beach, 7:05 PM. Starter: Matthew Grimes
  • Delmarva vs. Kannapolis, 7:05 PM. Starter: Brian Gonzalez

For more details on last night’s games, as well as the games of the Dominican Summer League, check out