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O’s minors 7/27: Three games, three losses

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Delmarva and Aberdeen were off on Wednesday, leaving the top three in the system to pick up Wednesday wins. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen.

Columbus Clippers 9, Norfolk Tides 2

Starter David Hale continued the trend of very shaky 2016 Norfolk pitching, surrendering six hits and five earned runs (plus four free passes) over just 3.2 innings of work. It took him 82 pitches to get to collecting two outs in the fourth inning; his season ERA currently sits at 5.71.

On offense, the Tides scattered nine hits but were unable to make up for the sub-par pitching performances. Michael Almanzar collected a pair of singles, while Trey Mancini singled and Dariel Alvarez notched an RBI single in a pinch-hitting spot in the ninth.

With the loss, the Tides drop to 24 games under .500 on the year.

Hartford Yard Goats 8, Bowie Baysox 3

The Bowie offense only put three runs up on the board, but the lineup as a whole picked up 13 hits in their Wednesday home matinee. Both Garabez Rosa and Jay Gonzalez had four hits on the afternoon - unfortunately, just one of those hits (Rosa double) was of extra bases.

Starter John Means was knocked around by the Yard Goats, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs over his four innings of work.

Out of the bullpen, Tanner Scott walked four batters in a third of an inning (yes, 0.1 innings), allowing two earned runs over 32 pitches. No, that’s not very good.

Winston-Salem Dash 7, Frederick Keys 6

The Keys complete the trio of losses in the O’s minor-leagues tonight, scoring six but unable to keep the Dash off the scoreboard. Starter Franderlin Romero couldn’t get out of the first inning, giving up seven hits, three of those home runs.

Recently-acquired lefty Trevor Belicek worked three innings, walking a trio, surrendering a trio of hits and giving up a pair of earned runs. His season ERA climbed up to 7.50.

On the bright side, red-hot third baseman Anderlin Rodriguez went 2-5 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored. Catcher Jonah Heim went 2-4 with an RBI.