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April 25, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 25

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Charlotte Knights, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox lost to the Akron Aeros. The Single-A Frederick Keys pounded the Salem Red Sox, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds dropped a close game to the Hagerstown Suns.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Brad Bergesen (1-0) held Charlotte to two runs and seven hits in seven innings as the Tides rolled to their third straight victory, 7-2.

Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell hit his first home run of the season, while shortstop Robert Andino and right fielder Jeff Salazar each added a two-run shot.

Tides relief pitchers Alfredo Simon and Ross Wolf each tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the win. Wolf struck out two batters and Simon fanned one.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Akron Aeros 9, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Baysox starting pitcher Chorye Spoone (1-2) was touched up for seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings during his team's 9-3 loss to Akron at Prince George's Stadium.

The 24-year-old right-hander walked six batters and collected two strikeouts.

Bowie third baseman Brandon Waring was 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs, and right fielder Paco Figueroa added a double.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 15, Salem Red Sox 4 (Box score)

Recap: Once again, the Keys used some late-inning magic to break open a close game and cruise to an easy victory.

Frederick scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to top Salem, 15-4, at Harry Grove Stadium.

Keys right fielder Ronnie Welty hit a grand slam in the third inning, and second baseman L.J. Hoes added a three-run shot in the eighth.

Starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea (2-2) allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in five innings for the Keys, and relief pitcher Brandon Cooney tossed the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his second save of the season.

Designated hitter Buck Britton had a two-run home run for Frederick, and third baseman Billy Rowell was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Despite the win, the Keys committed four errors, including two by first baseman Jacob Julius and Rowell's fifth defensive miscue of the season.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hagerstown Suns 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 6 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Matt Hobgood (1-1) gave up six runs and six hits in five innings as the Shorebirds fell, 8-6, to Hagerstown.

The 19-year-old right-hander issued two walks, threw two wild pitches and hit two batters. Hobgood also had one strikeout in the loss.

Delmarva shortstop Garabez Rosa was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored, and second baseman Tyler Kelly was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 6:17 PM | | Comments (8)


Looks like Waring is picking up where he left off. If he continues hitting bombs, what are the chances he is brought up to AAA? Do you think Bell and Snyder will have to be given a chance first in the big leagues in order to make room for him? The way Bell and Snyder are hitting, I don't see why he shouldn't get a chance to see if he can leap frog ahead of them if he continues to prove himself.

Frank, I like Waring and actually believe he will pass Snyder because he could be a 30 HR guy and snyder will not be, but as of this morning he was hitting .234 and tonight he is about .265. I thnk it's best to give all three of them 200+/- at bats at their respective levels before anyone thinks about going anywhere. Remember Rhyne Hughes has considerably more experience at those levels. At the rate all 3 strike out, they are not nearly ready for the bigs.

Nice to see Brad start to get himself squared away. 14 grounballs and 0 walks - 7 hits probably could come down as he keeps working, but 5 of those were ground balls also. Sounds like the sinker iscoming back already.

Hate to see Chorye Spoone and Matt Hobgood getting roughed up like that.

YOU MAY HAVE ANSWERED this... but I could not find it... What happened to Angle?

RESPONSE FROM DEAN: Don, I answered this on the last post you asked it, but you must not have seen it. Angle broke a bone in his wrist at the end of spring training and he had surgery. He is currently on Bowie's DL.

Orioles are going to score runs,the hitter are and will come around. Yet, they have the same issue as last year. They have a bunch of minor league pitchers in the bullpen.
These guys don't know how to pitch. just listen to Palmer point out their fralties.
Another thing, I watched Tampa bay against Boston and Wakefield. They ran him ragged. Stealing second and than third after getting on base. Our announcers and television camera crews also point this out, yet, we don't seem to want to steal bases, why? and the bunt, to move someone along? where is that?
I don't blame Tremeley for the bad start, yet, he does not show me a lot of imagination.

Why wasn't Widlansky in the lineup on Sunday. I hope that he isn't hurt. He is the closest thing to a "natural hitter" that we seem to have in the system.

I saw Hobgood pitch a 2 hit in 7 inning game last week and only 2 pitches after the first inning were 90 or 91 and he threw a great many curves and other off speed pitches. I was very surprized at his velocity as the 5th pick in last years draft. Maybe he was working on his control and curve, but I hope 86 to 89 is not all there is.

i don't get it. i've watched julio logo for 9 years and he has never stayed on a team for more than 2 years. he's got an attitude problem, at best mediocre defensively and definitely not a good hitter. robert aquino had a great spring, is younger and very good defensively. what are they expecting from lugo. as charlie eckman said "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken feathers". bye bye logo

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