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April 28, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 28

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides received a special pitching performance in a win over the Gwinnett Braves, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox lost to the Erie SeaWolves.

The Single-A Frederick Keys fell in a rout to the Winston-Salem Dash, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds edged the Asheville Tourists.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 6, Gwinnett Braves 0 (Box score)

Recap: In case you haven't heard, Tides starting pitcher Chris Tillman (2-3) tossed a no-hitter tonight in a 6-0 victory over Gwinnett.

Tillman faced one batter over the minimum, collecting six strikeouts and issuing one walk.

Norfolk right fielder Jeff Salazar was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, and first baseman Michael Aubrey added an RBI double.

Second baseman Scott Moore had a double and two runs scored for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 9, Bowie Baysox 7 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Tim Bascom (2-1) was touched up for eight runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Baysox lost, 9-7, to Erie at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie third baseman Brandon Waring was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, and left fielder Tyler Henson added a double, a triple and three RBIs.

Baysox second baseman Ryan Adams collected three hits and two runs scored, while center fielder Miguel Abreu hit a solo home run in the loss.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Winston-Salem Dash 13, Frederick Keys 3 (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season, but the Keys were pounded in a 13-3 loss to Winston-Salem.

The 22-year-old outfielder is batting .322 with 21 RBIs in 16 games for Frederick this season. Welty is tied for first in the league in home runs and he ranks second in RBIs.

Keys starting pitcher Cole McCurry (1-1) was charged with seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He also issued four walks and hit a batter.

Third baseman Billy Rowell hit a double and scored a run for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Asheville Tourists 4 (Box score)

Recap: Second baseman Gary Helmick was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the Shorebirds' 5-4 victory over Asheville.

Delmarva outfielder Michael Planeta and third baseman Tyler Kelly each collected three hits and a run scored, while Planeta added an RBI.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Tony Butler gave up three runs, six hits and five walks in four innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Relief pitcher James Brandhorst (1-1) blew a save, but picked up the win after tossing the final 1 2/3 frames.

Shortstop Garabez Rosa hit two doubles for Delmarva.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:28 PM | | Comments (3)


Great job by Tillman. His next couple of outings should help determine if he's found some consistency.

Looks like Welty could be a sleeper this season. Just goes to show how much depth we have in the system. Guys you don't expect to tear it up end up surprising on the upside. My prediction: Welty or Waring get O's Minor League Player of the Year (for position players). If Arrieta continues to be untouchable, he may force himself to be called up. Otherwise, he too could be a contender for the award.

Yeah, Welty's a guy to keep an eye on, as he definitely seems to have some pop and is getting on base. BUT (sorry to be a party pooper) there are a few flags:
-he's a little old for his league (22 in high A)
-he strikes out WAY too much
-he's had a high BABIP thus far in the minors. Some guys maintain that, but not usually. That explains why his average and OBP are high despite the high strikeouts.

Again, still a guy to keep an eye on, but not as promising as the initial numbers suggest. But between him and Avery, Frederick has a very interesting outfield to watch.

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