Hawaii Dish: Bascom Fires Away

A couple of weeks ago, Orioles righthander Tim Bascom probably wasn’t exactly looking to go hang out on the beach and do some surfing or snorkling or anything fun for that matter. And who could blame him? In his second outing in Hawaii Winter Baseball, he turned in a stinker, allowing eight runs, seven earned, and managed to get only four outs before getting pulled.

Fortunately for him, he’s back on track. Bascom ran his scoreless innings streak to nine on Wednesday as he fired five scoreless frames, striking out two, in a 7-2 West Oahu win against Honolulu.

Bascom, as you may recall, was originally drafted by the Padres in the sixth round in 2006 and actually agreed to a $140,000 bonus before the Padres rescinded the offer following a medical evaluation (it was discovered he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee). He tried to return to Central Florida but was declared ineligible because of his negotiations with a pro club. But the Orioles signed him after he pitched in the independent South Coast League. He was 6-5, 5.78 in 97 innings this year at high Class A Frederick, striking out 74 and issuing 46 walks.

Another Orioles prospect, Wally Crancer, and Pirates infielder Miles Durham each had two hits and three RBIs in the game.

Meanwhile, rain continues to hamper the HWB schedule. North Shore and Waikiki game was rained out Wednesday and has yet to be rescheduled.