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Notes From the Minors 6/13


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Written by Chris Slade

Trey Mancini homered again tonight, a three-run shot for the Baysox and is now batting .343 since his callup to AA. He's the Hangout Milb Player of the Night.

Tides [AAA] Lost 2 to 0

Steve Clevenger singled and walked.

Eddie Gamboa made the start (5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K).

Baysox [AA] Won 6 to 3

Rossmel Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run.

Terry Doyle picked up the win (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K).

Keys [A+] Won 9 to 7

Josh Hart went 3-for-5 and scored twice.

Chance Sisco walked twice, tripled, and drove in three.

Adrian Marin went 2-for-5 and stole a base.

Shorebirds [A] Lost 3 to 2

Johns Means took the loss (5 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K).

Jay Gonzalez went 2-for-3 and scored a run.

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Ian Locke

Norfolk got a strong outing from the pitching staff but couldn’t push across a run against three IronPigs hurlers in a 2-0 loss to Lehigh Valley Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.

Working on three day’s rest, Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa (4-4) turned in a strong effort in a spot start but was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Gamboa yielded just two hits over five innings – one of which was a solo homer by Brian Bogusevic in the first frame – while walking two and striking out a pair. The knuckleballer now owns a 3.45 ERA through 12 outings this season, 5th-best among Orioles minor leaguers this season.

The Tides registered eight hits and drew five walks against the trio of Phillippe Aumont (3-4), Jason Berken and Jake Diekman, but Norfolk went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base as the IronPigs salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Derrik Gibson had two singles and a stolen base to lead the offense, while Henry Urrutia singled and walked twice. Gibson, who is batting .361, has now hit safely in nine of eleven games with an at-bat since being promoted to Norfolk from Double-A Bowie.

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Matt Wilson

Mancini Sparks Baysox to Series Win

Bowie, Md. – Baysox first baseman Trey Mancini homered and drove in three runs as the Baysox rallied from a pair of one-run deficits to beat Portland 6-3 Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Baysox took the second and final series of the season and won 5 out of 6 against the Sea Dogs.

The game began as a home run derby for Portland as all three of their runs were scored on solo homers – their first three hits of the game. After hitting the game-winning home run in extra innings last night, Dave Sappelt got things started with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Oscar Tejeda hit the second homer of the day for the Sea Dogs in the fourth inning to put Portland up 2-0 on the Baysox.

Bowie began their comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning after Ozzie Martinez led off with a double and Rossmel Perez hit his first home run of the season to tie the game 2-2.

Portland hit their final home run of the game in the fifth inning, this time by first baseman David Chester to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead.

The Baysox took the lead for good in the sixth inning after Portland starter Justin Haley (1-8, 5.98) walked Brandon Snyder to lead off the inning. Simon Mercedes (1-2, 3.60) came in to replace Haley after the walk and Mancini hit the fifth home run of the game to give the Baysox a 4-3 lead.

Bowie added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning. Ozzie Martinez singled and was brought home on a double from Brandon Snyder, who moved to third on the throw home and was knocked in by Mancini on a sacrifice fly. Mancini’s third RBI of the day gave the Baysox a 6-3 lead and the eventual win.

Baysox starter Terry Doyle threw six innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one for his team-leading sixth win of the season. Portland’s Mercedes took the loss in the game and Ashur Tolliver (1-0, 3.00) and Andrew Triggs (0-2, 0.93) threw three scoreless innings of relief for the Baysox to close the game. Triggs earned his second save of the season after striking out the side in the top of the ninth.

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Geoff Arnold



Woodbridge, Va. –The Frederick Keys batted around in the first inning and finished with 14 hits on the game, as the orange and black defeated the Potomac Nationals 9-7 on Sunday afternoon at Pftizner Stadium. All nine runs came home in the first three innings, as the Keys earned their first road series win over a CL North rival. With seven games remaining in the first-half, the Keys are 3.5 games out of first place, a number that could drop to three or move back to four depending how Wilmington fares against Salem on Sunday night.

Nationals starter Phillips Valdez struggled mightily, and needed 39 pitches to get through the first as the Keys batted around for the fourth time in five games. Josh Hart opened the contest with a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI base hit by Drew Dosch. Jeff Kemp would then reach on a fielding error before a walk to Tucker Nathans loaded the bases. Dosch would score on a bounce out by Chance Sisco, while a single by Adrian Marin and an error by P-Nats third baseman Drew Ward capped off the inning.

Frederick’s final five runs would all come with two outs. Following a double play by Dosch in the second, Kemp got hit by a pitch and Nathans singled to set up a chance for Sisco. Owner of a seven-game hitting streak, the 20-year-old stretched it to eight, with a triple down the first base line.

In the third, the Keys knocked out Valdez (0-2). Following a second double play, the right-hander surrendered a single to Johnny Ruettiger, before a stolen base and a wild pitch advanced the Keys nine-hole man to third. Walks to Hart and Dosch prompted the pitching change, while another wild pitch and a two-run single by Kemp completed the team’s scoring.

Valdez allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits over 2.2 innings. He walked four and did not strike out a batter.

His counterpart Chris Lee would complete five innings, but got bogged down in the second, as the P-Nats sent 10 to bat against the former Astros farmhand. Brandon Miller triggered the inning with a double and scored on a single by Ward. After Craig Manuel grounded into a fielder’s choice, Lee (2-2) loaded the bases with a walk to James Yezzo, before a single by Estarlin Martinez made it a 6-2 game. Narciso Mesa (sac-fly) and back-to-back walks to Stephen Perez and Isaac Ballou completed the scoring.

Although Lee needed more than 30 pitches to escape, the lefty finished strong, retiring the final eight men he faced. He struck out the side in the fifth, and finished with five punch outs. Over five frames he gave up four runs on five hits to go along with four walks.

Potomac plated two in the seventh against Jon Keller after a double, a walk and an error, while a RBI groundout by Miller made it a 9-6 contest. Jimmy Yacabonis tossed a clean eighth, but got lifted in the ninth after allowing a leadoff single to Mesa.

Keys manager, Orlando Gomez turned to his closer, Cody Wheeler, who retired the first two he faced, before plunking both Miller and Ward. Khayyan Norfork followed with a single, but Wheeler got Manuel to groundout to end the game. It was Wheeler’s ninth save in 10 chances and gives him the most in the Carolina League.

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Steve Uhlmann

Shorebirds Drop Rain-Shortened Contest, 3-2

Delmarva Lets Two Early Leads Slip In Loss

SALISBURY, Md. -- A heavy rainstorm ruined the Shorebirds’ attempt at a rally on Sunday afternoon, as the Kannapolis Intimidators escaped with a 3-2 win in seven innings at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva struck first in the bottom half of the opening frame with an RBI double from T.J. Olesczuk that scored Jay Gonzalez. In seven games against Kannapolis, Olesczuk has hit .464 (13-for-28) with 11 RBIs.

The Intimidators immediately responded in the top half of the second with an RBI groundout to knot the score at 1-1.

A clutch rally in the bottom of the second put the Shorebirds back ahead. After a lead-off single from Derek Peterson, Jared Breen drew a free pass with two outs and was then followed by an RBI single from Gonzalez.

Kannapolis looked poised to take the lead in the top of the fourth after loading the bases, but Shorebirds starter John Means was able to escape. He would not be as lucky in the top of the fifth, as a fielder’s choice following a lead-off triple from Mason Robins tied the game again at 2-2.

Means’s outing came to an end shortly after the start of the sixth inning, as Ryan Plourde and John Ziznewski led off the inning with a pair of singles. Garrett Cortright took over and induced a double play, but the winning run then scored.

After Cortright pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh, a torrential downpour began and ended the game prematurely.

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Chance Sisco might have as impressive a 10 day span as I've ever seen from an Orioles prospect with a .474 obp and a 1.080 OPS. I'm sure we've seen people stronger in those categories over the same time frame, but Cisco has only 1 K versus 5 BBs and 4 xbhs!

In the last 30 days (which includes some missed time and only 46 ABs, Cisco is still at .392 and .892 for OBP and OPS with 4 Ks, 5BBs and 5 xbhs.

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