By Mike Tupa
Bartlesville High School product James Teague experienced a rare tough outing in minor league action Friday.
Teague — a pitching closer in the Baltimore Orioles organization — came out of the pen to work two innings for the Frederick Keys (Advanced A) against the Potomac Nationals.
The Nationals got to him for three hits, two walks and two earned runs. Teague also struck out two batters and came away with a non-decision in the 7-1 loss.
In the young season, Teague has made three appearances, worked five innings, garnered one save, struck out seven hitters and fashioned a 3.60 earned run average.
The Keys are part of the Carolina League.
LaRue turned in his second-straight solid outing in a starting pitching assignment for the Buies Creek Astros.
The Dewey high graduate allowed only four hits — and no runs — during his five-inning stint Friday against the Salem Red Sox.
He also issued one walk and whiffed six batters — but came away with a non-decision.
Salem won, 4-2.
LaRue made his second start for the Astros (Advanced A, Carolina League), which are part of the Houston Astros organization.
LaRue’s stats in the developing campaign are impressive — 9.2 innings, seven hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.
His ERA is a perfect 0.00.