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Orioles101 Minor League Rundown: Just One Affiliate Loss on Wednesday

July 24th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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.

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

AAA Norfolk Tides (47-58)

Tides win 3-2

  • Cord Phelps had two singles
  • Christian Walker doubled
  • Nick Additon picked up win with five scoreless innings in relief

AA Bowie Baysox (53-51)

Baysox win 6-4

  • Niuman Romero had three singles
  • David Adams went 3-5 with a double
  • Mike Yastrzemski had a single and a double
  • Anthony Vasquez tossed six innings of two run ball

High-A Frederick Keys (48-51)

Keys win 10-2

  • Jason Esposito had two home runs
  • Brady Wager tossed six innings of one run ball

Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds (54-48)

Shorebirds fall 8-0

  • Chance Sisco had a hit
  • Nick Cunningham allowed seven runs

Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds (12-26)

Ironbirds win 5-2

  • Austin Anderson had a single and a double
  • Oswill Lartiguez had two triples
  • Patrick Connaughton tossed two scoreless innings

GCL Orioles (13-15)

Game 1

O’s win 6-4

  • Ademar Rifaela had two hits
  • TJ Olesczum had two hits
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Nick and Christina Markakis to Be a Part of Fifth Annual Casey Cares 5K Run/walk at Camden Yards

July 24th, 2014 at 8:04 AM
By Josh Michael

Sometime amid the grind that is the Major League Baseball season, we forget that the players do more than just play America's Pastime. Nick and Christina Markakis, along with Orioles REACH, will once again pair with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the fifth annual Casey Cares 5K run/walk the Baltimore Orioles announced via press release earlier this week.

'Baltimore Orioles Bird' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

This year's run/walk will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday August 2 at 8:00 a.m. prior to the O's taking on the Seattle Mariners that night.

Markakis and his wife will serve as race ambassadors, while Keith Mills, the sports director of 98 Rock and WBAL Radio will be the event's emcee.

This is a fantastic event that the Markakis's have been huge supporters of.

"Nick and I could not be happier to team up with Casey Cares for the 5k race again this year," said Christina Markakis in the press release. "These children are so brave and such an inspiration to us, that we are honored to be a part of the Casey Cares programs and we look forward to seeing all of the runners that also care so much for these critically ill children and their families."

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Eighth Inning Dooms Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels Walk Away from Sweep

July 24th, 2014 at 6:57 AM
By Josh Michael

With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth inning and the bases loaded, Brian Matusz came into the game to face the left handed hitting Kole Calhoun and proceeded to walk in the eventual game winning run on five pitches as the Baltimore Orioles could not hold on for the sweep and fell 3-2 to the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday Night.

'Tommy Hunter' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

While Matusz did walk in the winning run, the eighth inning itself was the doing of right hander Tommy Hunter (2-2). After a pretty decent seventh inning, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter decided to stick with Hunter for a second inning of relief with a 2-1 lead and it unfortunately bit him. Hunter allowed a leadoff single to Josh Hamilton, who was followed by a game tying RBI double from Erik Aybar. Hunter appeared like he was going to get out of the eighth without any further damage as he struck out the next two batters before issuing an intentional walk, and then another walk to load the bases with two outs to set the stage for Matusz.

The two earned runs allowed by Hunter came after a 12 straight appearance streak where he had not allowed a single earned run over 14 innings pitched.

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Baltimore Orioles Winning Despite Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis Extended Slumps

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:51 AM
By Josh Michael

Nelson Cruz has been arguably the biggest bargain of the 2013-14 off season as the Baltimore Orioles All Star is a legitimate American League MVP candidate after signing a one year, $8 million deal with the Birds this off season. Chris Davis finished third in AL MVP voting in 2013 and both he and Cruz have experienced an extended slump recently and the Orioles are still managing to win despite it.

'Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Over his last 22 games, Cruz has hit just .233 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and eight extra base hits and has seen his season average drop all the way to .279 after hitting over .300 for a majority of the beginning of the season. Do not get us wrong, Cruz has been the most feared bat in the Orioles lineup for the majority of the season and it is hard to imagine where this team would be without him this season.

Davis has not had near the season that most expected from him as he has struggled all season at the plate, but over the same stretch of Cruz's slump, Davis has hit .135 with three home runs, 10 RBI and just four total extra base hits in 21 games played. He has also struck out 34 times in those 21 games.

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Manny Machado Day-to-day with Back Spasms After Late Scratch Tuesday Night

July 23rd, 2014 at 7:13 AM
By Josh Michael

Manny Machado has been labeled day-to-day with lower back spasms after being a very late scratch for the Baltimore Orioles prior to Tuesday Night's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

'Manny Machado' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Just prior to Manager Buck Showalter taking the lineup card out to home plate, Machado informed him he could not go.

“He walked over to me and said, ‘Skip, I don’t think I can go,’” Showalter said to Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina. “And I looked and said, ‘Are you serious?’ We were ready to take out the lineup card. Talk about pressure to come up with a lineup.”

Machado wasn't too thrilled about having to take himself out of the lineup.

“It took a lot for me [to not play]. I was out there, and tried running more sprints to see if it was going to go away. But it kept getting tighter and tighter. I really didn't want to, but it was best for the team. In the situation I was at, I wasn't going to be able to be an elite player and help the team win. It was a better situation for me and the team,” Machado told Encina and reporters.

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