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April 12, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 12

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Charlotte Knights tonight.

The Double-A Bowie Baysox shut down the Harrisburg Senators, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds rallied to top the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Charlotte Knights 6, Norfolk Tides 3 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Jeff Salazar led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run for the Tides, but the team struggled for the majority of the night in a 6-3 loss to Charlotte at Harbor Park.

Salazar finished with two hits for Norfolk, and designated hitter Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Norfolk starting pitcher Brandon Erbe (0-1) was charged with four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings during his Triple-A debut. The 22-year-old right-hander issued three walks and struck out three batters.

Third baseman Josh Bell added an RBI double for the Tides.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 5, Harrisburg Senators 2 (Box score)

Recap: Baysox starting pitcher Tim Bascom (1-0) held Harrisburg to five hits in six scoreless innings during a 5-2 victory at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie right fielder Miguel Abreu was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored, while third baseman Paco Figueroa and center fielder Danny Figueroa each added an RBI.

Relief pitcher Armando Gabino allowed two unearned runs and two hits in three innings for the Baysox to pick up his first save of the season.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 11, Greensboro Grasshoppers 6 (Box score)

Recap: The Shorebirds scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning for a come-from-behind victory, 11-6, on the road against Greensboro.

Delmarva second baseman Tyler Kelly was 3-for-6 with four RBIs and a run scored. In his past two games, the 21-year-old infielder was 5-for-11 with one home run and nine RBIs. He currently leads the South Atlantic League in RBIs (10).

Shorebirds shortstop Garabez Rosa added three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Designated hitter T.J. Baxter picked up his fifth stolen base of the season for Delmarva.

Relief pitcher Jake Smith (2-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the Shorebirds in order to earn the win. Shorebirds starting pitcher Tony Butler allowed four unearned runs and two hits in four innings.

Delmarva catcher Justin Dalles was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three runs scored.

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