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April 15, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- April 15

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides held on for a victory over the Durham Bulls, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox pounded the Akron Aeros.

The Single-A Frederick Keys lost to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium, but the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds edged the Greensboro Grasshoppers on the road.

I was at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, so here is a link to my live updates from the Keys-Pelicans matchup.

A quick injury update -- Keys shortstop Greg Miclat, who left tonight's game after he was hit in the face on a freak play when the ball ricocheted off his foot, was diagnosed with a broken nose. He's listed as day-to-day.

Also, Keys starting pitcher Oliver Drake is likely out for at least a couple weeks with a shoulder injury that landed him on the disabled list today. Kenny Moreland is expected to take Drake's spot in the rotation.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 6, Durham Bulls 4 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Rhyne Hughes collected two doubles and an RBI in the Tides' 6-4 victory over Durham.

Norfolk starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out five batters and issued one walk.

Tides left fielder Lou Montanez added a double and an RBI, and shortstop Robert Andino contributed a triple and an RBI.

The Tides gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but left-hander Alberto Castillo recorded the final out to collect his second save of the season.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 9, Akron Aeros 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chorye Spoone (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in six innings as the Baysox cruised to a 9-1 win over Akron.

The 24-year-old right-hander walked four batters and collected one strikeout. It was Spoone's first victory since the 2008 season.

Bowie second baseman Ryan Adams was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, while first baseman Robbie Widlansky added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

Baysox third baseman Brandon Waring contributed a single and a double. Center fielder Miguel Abreu and designated hitter Danny Figueroa each collected two singles for Bowie.

Relief pitcher Zach Clark held the Aeros to two hits in the final three innings to earn his first save of the season for the Baysox.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 15, Frederick Keys 5 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea (0-2) was touched up for seven runs (five earned) and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings as the Keys were routed, 15-5, by Myrtle Beach.

Frederick left fielder Xavier Avery was 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored, while center fielder Kyle Hudson added two hits and an RBI.

Keys third baseman Billy Rowell walked three times, but he also committed two throwing errors in the loss. The 21-year-old infielder is batting .182 (2-for-11) with six strikeouts and five walks in four games so far this season.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Greensboro Grasshoppers 4 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter T.J. Baxter hit a solo home run to start the game and added a three-run shot in the fifth inning as the Shorebirds topped Greensboro, 6-4, to wrap up their road trip.

Delmarva starting pitcher Matt Hobgood (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season after giving up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 19-year-old right-hander struck out four hitters and didn't allow any walks.

Shorebirds center fielder Steve Bumbry was 2-for-3 with a run scored, and third baseman Levi Carolus added two singles and a walk.

James Brandhorst retired the side in order in the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season for Delmarva. The 22-year-old right-hander collected two strikeouts.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:47 PM | | Comments (2)


Wow every starter outside of O'Shea had a good outting. Great news to hear that Hobgood pitched a good game and Spoone got his first win since 2008! MiLB pitching looks good so far!

Wonder how Montanez and Andino feel? 4A players feasting on minor league pitching...

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