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April 21, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 21

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Gwinnett Braves, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox topped the Erie SeaWolves.

The matchup between the Single-A Frederick Keys and Potomac Nationals was suspended and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were edged by the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Before tonight's game, right-handed pitcher Jose Diaz was added to the Keys.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 6, Gwinnett Braves 3 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Jeff Salazar hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lead the Tides to a 6-3 victory over Gwinnett at Harbor Park.

Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and first baseman Brandon Snyder added two hits and a run scored.

Tides starting pitcher Troy Patton (1-2) held the Braves to two runs and five hits in six innings to pick up his first win of the season. Relief pitcher Frank Mata tossed the final two innings to earn his first save for Norfolk.

Second baseman Blake Davis hit a triple for the Tides, and center fielder Joey Gathright collected two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Joel Guzman was 2-for-5 with a triple and a solo home run as the Baysox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Erie in the final game of their road trip.

Bowie third baseman Brandon Waring also hit a solo home run, and center fielder Miguel Abreu was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.

Baysox starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka (2-0) was charged with three runs (two earned) and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, and relief pitcher Pat Egan tossed 3 2/3 perfect frames for his second save of the season.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 8, Potomac Nationals 8 -- SUSPENDED (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored for Frederick before their game against Potomac was suspended due to fog with the score tied, 8-8.

Keys first baseman Joe Mahoney hit a two-run home run, and catcher Brian Ward was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Frederick starting pitcher Nathan Nery allowed seven runs (four earned) and 10 hits in four innings. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out one batter and didn't walk anyone.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 5 (Box score)

Recap: After rallying to tie the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Shorebirds allowed Greensboro to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth in a 6-5 loss at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva right fielder Michael Planeta was 2-for-5 with a three-run double and a run scored, and first baseman Tyler Townsend added three hits.

Shorebirds designated hitter Tyler Stampone collected a double and an RBI, and shortstop Garabez Rosa was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Starting pitcher Jesse Beal allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings for Delmarva, but he didn't factor in the decision. Shorebirds relief pitcher Nathan Moreau (0-2) suffered the loss after giving up one run and two hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Third baseman Tyler Kolodny was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and three errors. So far this season, Kolodny has committed seven defensive miscues.

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