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Orioles minor league recap 8/17: Shorebirds no-hit by a guy named Junk

Well, they were no-hit by Junk and two buddies. And there wasn’t much good pitching across the farm.

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Norfolk Tides 7, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 4 - F/10

This was a back and forth affair that saw the Tides blow their one-run lead in the eighth inning, regain the lead in the ninth inning, blow that lead in the same inning, then score three runs in the 10th to win the game.

The first run in the 10th inning was unearned as it was that dumb runner that automatically starts on second base in extra innings. That run was knocked in on a single by Garabez Rosa. The big blow came with two on and two outs, a double by Breyvic Valera that knocked in two.

Both Rosa and Mike Yastrzemski homered in the game. Chance Sisco and D.J. Stewart each had one hit.

Matt Wotherspoon started the game for the Tides and gave up just two runs in 5.2 innings. D.J. Snelten and Tim Melville were the goats who blew the lead twice late in the game.

Richmond Flying Squirrels (SFG) 6, Bowie Baysox 3

You’re not going to win many games when you only get three hits. Given that, it’s impressive that the Baysox scored three runs in this game. They did work a whopping eight walks! It was a nice night for Erick Salcedo, who had two of the three hits, one a double. The other hit in the game was a single from Aderlin Rodriguez.

Ryan Mountcastle, Ryan McKenna, and Yusniel Diaz were all hitless, but Diaz walked twice and McKenna once.

Dean Kremer started for the Baysox and had a poor outing, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in just 5.1 innings.

Salem Red Sox 7, Frederick Keys 2

The Keys scored both of their runs in the third inning courtesy of a single by Daniel Fajardo, doubles by Jake Ring and Wilson Garcia, and a sac fly from T.J. Nichting. Other than that the offense was pretty quiet.

Cristian Alvarado had a night to forget, giving up seven runs, six of which scored in the second inning alone. He departed after four innings and the Red Sox didn’t score again, but the damage was done.

Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

The Shorebirds scored one run in this game, which is a moral victory considering they got no hit by Janson Junk and two relief pitchers.

Luis Perez continued the trend of poor starting pitching across the O’s minors last night, giving up six runs in just 4.2 innings. The big inning was the second, when five of the six runs scored. It’s possible he had trouble pitching because his hat was too big and kept falling into his eyes.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 13, Lowell Spinners (BOS) 1

Now, here is a fun game! The Ironbirds racked up 13 runs on 16 hits and 4 walks in their destruction of the Spinners. They exploded for five runs in the first inning and just kept on going.

Jean Carmona continued to impress since being traded for Jonathan Schoop as he went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. This year’s fifth round pick, Robert Neustrom, reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Adam Hall, who has been struggling at the plate this year, went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and four RBI. And Anthony Santander, who apparently was injured and is now on a rehab assignment, doubled and homered.

Though overshadowed by the gaudy offense, starting pitcher Jimmy Murphy had a very nice night. Murphy, the 8th round pick last year, pitched seven innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He gave up just one run on back-to-back hits in the sixth inning. And he wears glasses so you know I’m a fan.

For more information and full box scores for these games and the games of the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues, check out

Today’s Games

  • Norfolk @ Scranton W-B, 7:05. Starter: Luis Ysla
  • Bowie @ Erie, 7:05. Starter: Dillon Tate
  • Frederick @ Lynchburg, 6:30. Starter: Alex Wells
  • Delmarva vs. Charleston, 7:05. Starter: DL Hall
  • Aberdeen @ Connecticut, 7:05. Starter: TBD