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Notes From the Minors 5/27


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Chris Parmelee is raking in Norfolk. He is the Orioles Hangout MLB player of the night.

Tides [AAA] Won 3 to 0

Chris Parmelee went 3 for 4 and played left field.

Christian Walker went 2 for 4 with a double.

Michael Bowden pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, three hit, ball.

Pat McCoy pitchedthree scoreless innings.

Baysox [AA] Lost 6 to 3

Garabez Rosa played left field and went 2 for 4 with a double.

Bud Norris allowed four runs in five innings.

Keys [A+] Lost 5 to 4

Trey Mancini was 2 for 4 with a double.

Anthony Caronia was two for three with a double.

Shorebirds [A] Lost 4 to 2

Riley Palmer was 3 for 4 with a double.

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Douglass Newton


Crawdads Clip Shorebirds, 4-2

Delmarva swept by first-place Hickory

HICKORY, N.C. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds stumbled in a crucial road trip, losing 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Hickory. Delmarva (22-24) could not end their six-game losing streak, as the first-place Crawdads completed the sweep at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Shorebirds have suffered numerous injuries over the last few weeks, but the toll has worsened in the last two days. After three players made early exits on Tuesday, Shorebirds’ starter Bennett Parry pitched only two innings before another early departure on Wednesday.

Hickory scored first in the third inning as reliever Stefan Crichton entered early for Delmarva. After a leadoff single set up the opportunity, Luke Tendler opened the scoring with an RBI double.

The Crawdads extended their lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of walks. With two outs and two on, Kevin Torres flared a single off Matt Trowbridge, putting Hickory up 3-0.

Delmarva threatened for a big rally in the seventh, but a crucial double play halted the comeback. Logan Uxa led off the inning with a solo home run, his first as a Shorebird. After a double by Tanner Murphy, the Crawdads bullpen walked three straight batters to force in another run. Conor Bierfeldt picked up his 45th RBI with his bases loaded walk to make it 3-2. However, Jomar Reyes bounced into a double play to end the inning and cut the comeback short.

An error hepled Hickory add an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Michael De Leon reached on a throwing error, and later scored on a two-out single by Eduard Pinto.

Yohander Mendez locked up the save, clinching the 4-2 victory with two hitless innings in relief. Kelvin Vasquez got the win for Hickory, while Crichton settled for the loss for Delmarva. The Shorebirds have now lost six games in a row, their longest streak of the season.

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Geoff Arnold




FREDERICK, Md.-The Frederick Keys rallied in the ninth inning against Salem closer Austin Maddox, but the orange and black left the tying run on third base as the Red Sox earned a 5-4 win on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field. It was Frederick’s first loss in a one-run home game this year, and just the team’s fifth defeat in a game played on Stadium Drive this year. With a Keys loss and a doubleheader sweep by Wilmington, Orlando Gomez’s team drops 3.5 games out of first in the CL North standings.

Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, the Keys put the first two on base against Maddox. Anthony Caronia reached on an error by second baseman Wendall Rijo, while Johnny Ruettiger followed with a double to right-center to put men at second and third for Gregory Lorenzo. Hitless on the night, the Keys eight-hole batter brought in Caronia, but Maddox struck out pinch-hitter Tucker Nathans and got Josh Hart to fly out to end the game.

Ending the night 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position the Keys also had a chance to pull ahead in the sixth. A leadoff double by Trey Mancini and a single by Jeff Kemp set up a chance for Caronia with one out. The Orlando native capitalized with a base hit, but Red Sox reliever Taylor Grover shut down the rally, getting a strikeout and a flyout to minimize the damage.

Salem benefited from strong situational hitting all night, and grabbed a quick 2-0 lead off Keys starter Mitch Horacek. Jose Vinicio doubled on the first pitch of the game and quickly scored on a soft single through the right side by Tzu-Wei Lin. One batter later, Sam Travis added the second RBI base knock of the inning to make it 2-0 Red Sox. For the game, Salem went 4-for-9 with runners at second or third.

Adrian Marin cut the deficit in half in the home-first with a solo home run to left off Denny Bautista, while a double and an error by Rijo evened the count. Salem grabbed the lead to stay in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Kevin Heller before adding insurance in the eighth on a double and an RBI single by Jake Romanski.

Horacek (3-5) suffered his third loss in four starts, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out a pair and did not walk a batter. Bautista (1-0) picked up the win for the Red Sox giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings. The former big leaguer walked two and struck out a pair. Maddox allowed an unearned run in the ninth to earn his seventh save.

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Matt Wilson


Norris Can't Save Baysox in 6-3 Loss

Bowie, Md. - Despite having Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bud Norris on the mound, the Baysox could not keep the Erie SeaWolves offense down, losing 6-3 Wednesday night. The loss snapped a five game winning streak for the Baysox against the SeaWolves

Orioles RHP Bud Norris made the start for Bowie on a MLB Rehab Assignment. He threw five innings and allowed four runs on six hits while striking out seven in the loss. It was the second rehab start for Norris who was placed on the Disabled List with bronchitis. All six hits and four runs came in Norris’ final two innings of work.

“I felt like I had my legs more under me,” Norris said. “My fastball was there – the velocity. I worked inside out and tried to stay down. My slider was there. There were a couple of runs in the fourth inning, but that was fine. I made some good pitches. Once the ball leaves your hand that’s all you got. I was glad to get through five. I have been working really hard to get my energy back and get my weight back on.”

The Baysox struck first in the bottom of the second inning against Erie starter Austin Kubitza. Garabez Rosa hit a one-out double to right field and moved to third base on a Jason Esposito single to shortstop. Esposito moved to second on a wild pitch and Ozzie Martinez brought both runners home with a two-out double to left field to give Bowie a 2-0 lead.

The SeaWolves rallied to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning against Norris. Connor Harrell led off the inning with a single to center field for Erie's first hit of the night. Harrell moved to third base on a wild pitch and a groundout before scoring on a two-out James Robbins single to center field. Wade Gaynor followed with an infield single and Drew Longley brought both runners home with a double to center field to give Erie a 3-2 lead.

Erie added another run in the top of the fifth inning. Harold Castro hit a lead-off single to left field, stole second base and scored on a Wynton Bernard single to left field to give the SeaWolves a 4-2 lead.

Dean Green made the Erie lead 5-2 with a solo home run to right-center field to lead off the sixth inning against Baysox reliever Kenn Kasparek.

Bowie got one run back, but missed an opportunity to score more runs as they loaded the bases with no outs and scored just once in the bottom of the seventh inning. Michael Burgess and Rosa reached to start the inning and Joe Rogers then replaced Kubitza on the mound and walked Esposito to load the bases. After a Sharlon Schoop pop out, Martinez brought Burgess home with a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.

The SeaWolves answered in the top of the eighth inning against Baysox reliever Ashur Tolliver. Jason Krizan hit a lead-off double to center field and moved to third base on a wild pitch before Green drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Robbins brought Krizan home with a single to left field to give the SeaWolves a 6-3 lead. Baysox reliever Ben Rowen then replaced Tolliver on the mound and got out of the inning with no more runs scoring.

Kasparek threw two innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out three. Tolliver faced three batters without recording and out, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. Rowen threw the final two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three

Kubitza earned the win for Erie, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight.

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Ian Locke


Norfolk used a strong outing from Michael Bowden combined with a 12-hit attack from the offense to blank the Syracuse Chiefs 3-0 Wednesday night at Harbor Park.

Making just his third start after opening the season in the Tides bullpen, Bowden (3-1) continued his dominance as a starter as he allowed three hits over a season-high 5.2 shutout innings. He struck out five and walked two, and he’s yet to allow a run in 16.0 innings as a starter this season.

The scoreless outing lowered Bowden’s ERA to 0.95 (3 ER, 28.1 IP) in May – 2nd-best in the International League. In his three outings as a starter, he’s held opposing batters to a .182 average (10-55) with 14 strikeouts.

Patrick McCoy followed Bowden’s effort with three scoreless innings of relief before giving way to Cesar Cabral, who retired Dan Butler on a flyout with the bases loaded in the ninth to register his second save of the season.

The shutout was Norfolk’s league-leading eighth of the year and helped lower the Tides team ERA to 2.83 – 2nd-best in the International League. The Tides are now 8-0 in games decided by a shutout this season.

Chris Parmelee had three hits to help pace Norfolk’s 12-hit attack, while Nolan Reimold added two singles and a run scored. Reimold’s two hits upped his hitting streak to seven games, over which he’s batted .542 (13-24).

Michael Almanzar and Audry Perez each had RBI singles, while Dariel Alvarez singled and plated a run with a sacrifice fly. With the win, Norfolk (26-21) moved five games over the .500 mark, matching its highwater point of the 2015 campaign.

Notes: Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Orioles activated infielder Ryan Flaherty from his rehab assignment with Norfolk and designated outfielder Alejandro de Aza for assignment…Julio Borbon went 1-for-4 and has now hit .341 (14-41) over his last 12 games with an at-bat …The Tides are 5-1 and own a 1.17 ERA against Syracuse this season…After stranding the bases loaded in the ninth, Cesar Cabral has now stranded all 12 runners he’s inherited this season...Former Tide Evan Meek yielded a run on four hits in one inning of relief for the Chiefs.

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