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April 27, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 27

It was a bad night for the Orioles' four full-season affiliates.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Gwinnett Braves, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox lost to the Erie SeaWolves. The Single-A Frederick Keys were beaten by the Winston-Salem Dash, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were blanked by the Hagerstown Suns.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Gwinnett Braves 7, Norfolk Tides 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Brandon Erbe (0-4) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings as the Tides lost, 7-2, on the road against Gwinnett.

Norfolk left fielder Joey Gathright was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, and third baseman Josh Bell added a double and a run scored.

Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder and shortstop Robert Andino each added an RBI in the loss.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 7, Bowie Baysox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Orioles relief pitcher Koji Uehara allowed one hit and struck out one batter in an inning of work during an injury rehabilitation assignment with the Baysox.

Uehara, who is coming back from a left hamstring strain, threw 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes. The 35-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch again Thursday morning for Bowie.

Baysox pitcher Ryohei Tanaka (2-1) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as Erie cruised to a 7-2 victory at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie catcher Caleb Joseph hit an RBI double.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Winston-Salem Dash 6, Frederick Keys 4 (Box score)

Recap: Keys first baseman Joe Mahoney returned to the lineup and collected two hits, including a solo home run, in the team's 6-4 loss at Winston-Salem.

Frederick catcher Brian Ward and right fielder Ronnie Welty each contributed two hits and an RBI, and third baseman Bobby Stevens added an RBI.

Keys starting pitcher Nathan Nery (0-2) allowed five runs (four earned) and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out three batters and issued two walks.

Designated hitter Billy Rowell was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hagerstown Suns 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 (Box score)

Recap: The Shorebirds woke up early to wrap up their series against Hagerstown, but apparently the players left their bats in bed.

Delmarva managed only two hits in a 5-0 loss to the Suns in a game that started at 10:35 a.m.

Second baseman Tyler Kelly and left fielder Michael Planeta each had a single for Delmarva.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Jesse Beal (1-2) held Hagerstown to one hit in the first seven innings, but he allowed five runs before being chased from the game in the eighth.

Center fielder Steve Bumbry picked up two outfield assists in the Shorebirds' defeat.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:08 PM | | Comments (2)


Several of our prospects are really having disappointing starts to the year here, mirroring the disaster with the big league club. Erbe, Tillman, Snyder, Patton, (until yesterday) Josh Bell. The worrying thing is that, except for Tillman and Bell (for whom it is still unclear), it is beginning to appear that these struggles reflect so-so talent rather than just a bad stretch. At least Arrieta is pitching well.

Give us some good news, Dean: aside from Arrieta, who's looking great? Who is surprising?

How long before we see Andino again? It's obvious that Lugo has no motivation or desire to play for the big league club.

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