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Oriole minors 8/1: Shutouts galore

Norfolk on the winning end of a scoreless performance, Delmarva and Aberdeen, not so much...

Is Jason Garcia figuring something out?
Is Jason Garcia figuring something out?
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Norfolk TIdes 3, Durham Bulls 0

David Hale, Pedero Beato and Jason Stoffel combined on a four hitter. Stoffel, the journeyman closer, notched his ninth save in ten opportunities and his 142nd career save. MIchael Almanzar homered for his third time in as many games.

Bowie Baysox 5, Reading Fightin Phils 2

Jason Garcia didn't allow a walk for the first time in 18 starts this season. The former Rule 5 pick lasted five innings and struck out five. Making his second appearance for the Baysox, Jesus Liranzo pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the win. Donnie Hart also pitched a perfect inning of relief and Jimmy Yacabonis struck out the side in the ninth. Garabez Rosa homered in the first and drove in another run on a sac fly in the eighth. Jay Gonzalez walked and was credited with an outfield assist.

Frederick Keys 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5

The Keys almost came back in this one, but lost ugly. MItch Horacek was hard done by bad defense, but allowed only five baserunners in five innings. The Keys committed three errors and the Pelicans ran wild on Carolina League debutante Yemrin Mercedes for four steals (Mercedes was also 0-3 with a walk). Erick Salcedo led off the game with a homer and singled twice. Josh Hart tripled. The Keys were 3-13 with runners in scoring position.

Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Hickory Crawdads 7

Ofelky Peralta allowed nine baserunners in two innings and six of them scored. Francisco Jimenez relieved Peralta and limited further damage to one earned run over the next five innings, but the initial deficit was too much for the Shorebirds to overcome. Ryan Mountcastle doubled and Randolph Gassaway was 2-4 (.306/.337/.365 since promotion to Delmarva).

Aberdeen Ironbirds 0, Brooklyn Cyclones 1

Alex Wells has never allowed more than two earned runs in his eight professional starts and has allowed only four walks. On this night, he allowed a solitary earned run and his teammates weren't able to pick him up. Pity. Preston Palmeiro singled and walked and reached base in each of his first four pro games.

Full boxscores for these games are available here.

Today's probables...

NOR: Joe Gunkel

BOW: John Means