Bird Seed: Orioles Prospect Pulse, May 22

Zachary Ball@MLBDraftCntdwnAnalyst IMay 23, 2009

Apparently there is a God.

After years and years of putting up with Daniel Cabrera, Sidney Ponson, and numerous other ineffective starting pitchers, it appears the Orioles have finally evolved. They brought in veteran arms to bolster the rotation, and less than two months into the season both Mark Hendrickson and Adam Eaton have been removed from the rotation, Eaton from the team altogether. 

Everyone knew both guys weren't long-term solutions, or even short-term really, but kudos to the organization for cutting ties with Eaton after several less-than-stellar outings.

Also credit them for knowing where Hendrickson really belongs (the bullpen) and making the move. It appears the next move will be calling up a young, heralded starter to take Eaton's place in the rotation. Dave Trembley hinted that it will most likely be someone who is proven, can throw strikes, and will not be intimidated.

That brings to mind David Hernandez, especially after his gem of an outing tonite; Chris Waters, who showed he can pitch effectively last year; and Jason Berken, a true inning eater.

Hernandez definitely made his pitch to Trembley, having a career night and turning in one of the most impressive and dominating performances by any pitcher at any level in 2009.

Hernandez struck out 14, Tides sweep away Red Wings

Matt Wieters continued his hot hitting, but the real story of the night was Mr. Dominant himself, righty Hernandez. Young David has been a strikeout champion in both the Carolina and Eastern Leagues, and it looks like he's gonna give Tommy Hanson a run for his money in the IL this year, although it looks like neither might be playing there much longer.

Hernandez pitched 7.1 stellar innings, allowing only three hits and three runs, all unearned. All of his outs came by strikeout or flyout, and he finished with a career-high 114 pitches (84 for strikes).

Hmm...a true strike thrower. Hope you're paying attention Mr. Trembley. He struck out the first six hitters of the game, and recorded another K in the third, two in the fourth, two in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one more in the seventh.

On the offensive side of the ball, super stud Wieters went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Oscar Salazar, Jolbert Cabrera and Robby Hammock all had two hit games as well. 

Out of the bullpen, Bob McCrory pitched a third of an inning, walking two and striking out one. He allowed one of Hernandez's runners to score, bringing the game to 4-2.

Jim Miller picked up his first win of the season after blowing his first save, allowing another inherited runner to score, making the score 4-3. He regrouped though, striking out the last two hitters to seal the game.

Despite great start by Arrieta, Baysox fall to Senators

I swear, if Jake Arrieta could get four runs of support every game, he would finish the season undefeated. He only got two runs last night, however, and it that was little enough for the Harrisburg Senators to finish off the Sox, 3-2.

It wasn't for Arrieta's lack of trying, however. He threw six innings of six-hit ball, giving up three earned runs. He also walked one and struck out nine. Aside from a first-inning two-run homer, he pitched an amazing game. 

At the plate, Brandon Snyder finally broke his drought, reaching on a single. Adam Donachie again led the offensive effort, driving in a run. Outfielder Dave Krynzel drove in the other. Both newbie Brandon Pinckney and Ambiorix Concepcion had two hits apiece. 

Chad Thall finished out the game for the Sox, tossing two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA on the season to 4.05. For those of you that were wondering, Arrieta is now 4-2 on the season. He has recorded 51 strikeouts and 17 walks in 39.1 innings and has a 2.97 ERA.

Keys got two wins for the price of one

Frederick picked up two wins yesterday, one coming via completion of a suspended game, and one of the good old-fashioned seven-inning variety. The latter involved a team effort, including three-plus innings pitched by both Jake Stevens and Chris Salberg, with Stevens picking up the W in a 5-4 nail-biter. 

On offense, the Keys were once again paced by shortstop Pedro Florimon, who notched two more hits and another run scored. His average now sits at a healthy .313. Outfielder Matt Angle also contributed two hits, including his fourth double of the year. First baseman Brandon Waring had a two-hit game, raising his average back above .300. Outfielder Billy Rowell did most of the damage, driving in two runs, his 21st and 22nd of the year. 

Outfielder Robbie Widlansky made his first appearance since replacing Chris Vinyard on the roster, going 1-3 with an RBI.

Welty, McCurry lead Shorebirds to 6-2 win

Outfielder Ronnie Welty led the way at the plate with two home runs and three RBI, while Cole McCurry pitched seven scoreless innings in an all-around complete effort by the Shorebirds. McCurry picked up his third win of the year and struck out four, walked one and gave up only three base hits.

Reliever "Steady" Eddie Gamboa pitched the final 1.1 for his first save of the year, lowering his ERA to a second-best for the team 1.19. He struck out three of the five hitters he faced.

At the plate, Welty was a machine, hitting a two-run shot in the first and drilling a solo homer in the fifth. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Second baseman L.J. Hoes also had a multi-RBI night, driving in two runs. Joe Mahoney continued his slide, going 0-for-4 and dropping his average down to .282.

May 22-Hitter of the Night: OF Ronnie Welty- 2-4 2 HR (3), 3 RBI (20)

May 22-Pitcher of the Night: RHP David Hernandez- ND 7.1 IP, 3 H, 14 K, 0 BB

May 22-Goat of the Night: 2B Justin Turner- 0-4 error (7), 4 men left on base


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