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Orioles101 Minor League Spotlight: Bowie Baysox Outfielder Kyeong Kang Quite a Surprise

August 30th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of Orioles101 Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and this week, with the seasons near the end for most of the Orioles affiliates, we thought we would focus on someone who has surprised us, and that player is Bowie Baysox outfielder Kyeong Kang.

The 26 year old, left handed outfielder has been quite a surprise in the Orioles organization this season. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Parkview High School in Lulburn, GA and he moved to the United States at the age of 14 from South Korea.

Baltimore signed Kang, who was a Minor League free agent, this past November and he seems to have found something with his new home as he struggled in the Rays organization the last four years.

Kang has quietly put together an impressive 2014 campaign with the Baysox, who are still battling for a wildcard berth in the Eastern League as he is hitting .283 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 96 games entering Friday.

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The Unsung Hero; Brad Brach Has Been Crucial for Baltimore Orioles Out of the Bullpen

August 29th, 2014 at 1:42 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have one of the best bullpens in all of baseball and much of that stardom gets given to the phenomenal back-end in Zach Britton, Darren O'Day and Andrew Miller and with good reason, but one of the unsung heroes for the both the bullpen and the Orioles has been right handed reliever Brad Brach.

Brach, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres in the off season, has been quite the surprise for the Birds this season.

Earlier in the season, Brach was part of the taxi squad for the Orioles being called up and optioned and recalled as the O's shuffled relievers in an effort to keep arms fresh, but soon enough, Brach showed that he would not be leaving for Norfolk anytime soon and since mid-June, he has been one of the best relievers in both the Orioles bullpen and in all of baseball.

There was no way of knowing it at the time, but when Brach allowed four earned runs on June 8 against the Oakland A's, it would be the last time he would allow multiple runs in an outing to date.

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Orioles101 Minor League Rundown: 8/28 2-3 Day for Affiliates, Two Still Alive for Playoffs

August 29th, 2014 at 8:24 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (63-76)

Tides lose 5-3

  • Henry Urrutia went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Dariel Alvarez went 1-3 with a double and RBI, hitting .302 since promotion
  • Steve Johnson allowed four runs (three earned) over 2 2/3 innings

AA Bowie Baysox (70-68)

Baysox win 3-0, stay alive in fight for final wildcard spot

  • Kyeong Kang went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI
  • Zane Chavez went 2-4
  • Eddie Gamboa allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts

High-A Frederick Keys (62-69)

Keys win 10-3, still one game back of wildcard spot

  • Austin Wynns went 2-3 with a double and three RBI
  • Adrian Marin went 2-4 with a double, RBI and run scored
  • Sebastian Vader allowed two runs over five innings

Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds (65-70)

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JJ Hardy, Bullpen Help Lead Baltimore Orioles to Series Win with 5-4 Victory

August 29th, 2014 at 7:13 AM
By Josh Michael

JJ Hardy delivered a clutch two out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Baltimore Orioles the lead for good and the bullpen shut it down to help the Birds take three of four from the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-4 victory Thursday Night.

Tampa retired the first two Orioles batters in the seventh, and with the score knotted at four, Nelson Cruz picked up his second hit of the night, a double to try and get a two out rally started. Chris Davis was then intentionally walked to put two on, with two out and Hardy proceeded to go the opposite way to drive in Cruz for the eventual game winner.

Baltimore found a way to respond each time Tampa put runs on the board. In each inning that the Rays scored (two in the first, and two in the fifth), the Orioles answered right back and scored two runs of their own.

In the first, Steve Pearce got the O's on the board with a solo home run to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Later in the inning, Adam Jones and Cruz pulled off the old little league 1st and 3rd play that allowed Jones to "steal" home to tie the game.

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Steve Pearce on Fire for Baltimore Orioles Over Last Ten Games

August 28th, 2014 at 2:42 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles have had an okay stretch over their last four games going 6-4, but it has been a topsy turvy effort offensively as they have experienced a three game series that saw them score four total runs, only to hit five home runs in a single game, then get two-hit, but there has been one constant during their ten game stretch, Steve Pearce.

2014 has been quite a roller coaster ride for Pearce as he was designated for assignment, claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays (which he declined), brought back to Baltimore, had one of the hottest stretches we have seen from a hitter this year, cooled off and now he is stroking the ball once again, when the Orioles need it most.

Pearce is currently in the midst of a ten-game hit streak, which is a career high for him.

Steve has not just been dinking and dunking the ball over the infielders however, as he has recorded nine extra base hits during his streak, including five doubles and four home runs.

Unfortunately for the Orioles, every home run Pearce has hit during the past ten games have been solo shots, but anytime a ball goes over the fence, it's a good thing.

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