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Orioles minor league recap 7/14: Hunter Harvey had a bad day

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The Orioles top two affiliates made like the big league club and gave up 10+ runs on Saturday.

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Durham (Rays) 11, Norfolk Tides 5

The “Hunter Harvey as a reliever in Triple-A” train crashed in this game, as Harvey was blasted for the full Tommy Hunter (five runs, all earned) in only 1.1 innings here. Harvey gave up the runs on five hits and a walk. D’oh.

Things were already going poorly for Norfolk before Harvey got involved, as starter Tyler Herb gave up four runs, including three unearned runs. After Harvey, the walkmaster general, Evan Phillips, gave up another pair of runs, and if you can believe it, he walked two batters in his one inning of work. Stop walking too many dudes!

Plenty of offense for Norfolk, who actually out-hit the Bulls, 12-11, and even hit four home runs for the games. Unfortunately for the prospect-interested Orioles fan, it wasn’t the names you probably care about who picked the offense. Austin Hays and DJ Stewart were each 1-5 and Ryan Mountcastle took an 0-5.

Akron (Indians) 10, Bowie Baysox 7

Not fun to see the affiliates taking up the big league example of giving up 10+ runs. Most of the damage was done against the bullpen, as they gave up seven runs to the RubberDucks from the sixth inning on, including four unearned runs against former Oriole Pedro Araujo.

Starting pitcher Dean Kremer lasted only four innings. Though he only gave up two runs, it took him 85 pitches to get through four, with the two runs allowed on five hits and two walks. He did not strike out a batter.

Yusniel Diaz had a three-hit game for Bowie. He’s batting .308 over his last ten games and is now batting .245/.326/.464 on the season. Hopefully he keeps hitting. Fellow Manny Machado trade piece Rylan Bannon was on base four times, with two hits including a triple, plus two walks. Bannon’s .360 on-base percentage in 86 games is an intriguing thing to see.

Salem (Red Sox) 7, Frederick Keys 6 (10 innings)

Another bullpen tragedy here, as the Keys took a 6-2 lead into the ninth and gave up four runs to send it into extras. The good news is that the future success of the Orioles probably doesn’t have a ton riding on the success of the 2019 Keys bullpen.

The disaster served to somewhat spoil starting pitcher Ofelky Peralta’s good outing. The 22-year-old righty was making his second start at the level this year and evened things out a bit for a bad High-A season debut last time. Peralta gave up two runs on six hits, and importantly for him, only walked one batter. He also struck out six batters in 5.2 innings.

NASCAR scion Zach Jarrett had three of Frederick’s 13 hits, as did once-prospect Jomar Reyes. Ryan Ripken, nephew of Billy, collected a pair of hits as well.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Hickory (Rangers) 4

The Shorebirds just can’t be beat! Except for the 27 games they’ve lost this year. Compared to their 65 wins, they practically never lose. Even in this game, where the Crawdads scored a run in the ninth to tie the game, Delmarva just walked it off in the bottom of the inning. It helps to win a game when you only give up four hits all game.

Starting pitcher Drew Rom was decent-ish for the Shorebirds. Three runs in five innings isn’t going to wow anybody, with Rangers prospect Pedro Gonzalez slugging two home runs to deal all of the damage to Rom. Three walks in five innings is more than you want to see, but he also struck out six batters, and even this outing only raised his season ERA to 1.82. Rom has 85 strikeouts in 69.1 innings. He is 19. I dig it.

Shortstop Cadyn Grenier, the competitive balance pick from last year’s draft, had a pair of doubles and two runs scored in the game.

Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Williamsport (Phillies) 0

2019 draft picks Dan Hammer, Houston Roth, Griffin McLarty, and Connor Gillispie all contributed to the six hit shutout, with a combined ten strikeouts and only one walk. That’ll work.

Higher-round 2019 outfield draft picks Zach Watson and Kyle Stowers each had two hits, stole a base, and scored a run. Stowers, the former Stanford outfielder, has had the better Aberdeen batting line so far, hitting .314/.375/.471 in 15 games. Watson’s .754 OPS isn’t too bad either. Another former Stanford guy, Andrew Daschbach, drove in two of the three IronBirds runs.

Bonus Gulf Coast League Orioles note

Second round pick Gunnar Henderson got the first hit of his pro career in the GCL O’s 3-0 win over the GCL Pirates. May there be many, many more in the future.

Complete box scores from Saturday’s games can be found here.

Sunday’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Durham, 5:05. Starter: Tom Eshelman (could make start in Baltimore instead)
  • Bowie: at Akron, 2:05. Starter: Zac Lowther
  • Frederick: vs. Salem, 1:00. Starter: Brenan Hanifee
  • Delmarva: vs. Hickory, 5:05. Starter: Grayson Rodriguez
  • Aberdeen: vs. Williamsport, 4:05. Starter: TBD