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May 10, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 10

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox dropped a close decision to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Single-A Frederick Keys beat the Salem Red Sox, but the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds lost to the Charleston RiverDogs.

The Baysox placed outfielder Danny Figueroa on the disabled list earlier today, retroactive to May 8. In his place, the team added catcher Steven Lerud.

In nine games with Norfolk earlier this year, Lerud batted .095 (2-for-21) with two RBIs.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Syracuse Chiefs 4, Norfolk Tides 3 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta held Syracuse to three runs (two earned) and four hits in seven innings, but the Tides suffered a 4-3 loss. Arrieta collected six strikeouts, issued five walks and hit a batter.

Norfolk right fielder Corey Patterson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while third baseman Scott Moore was 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder added a triple and two RBIs, and second baseman Justin Turner collected two hits.

Relief pitcher Ross Wolf (0-2) gave up one run and two hits in one inning for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Richmond Flying Squirrels 5, Bowie Baysox 4 (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Miguel Abreu hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, but that was all the offense for the Baysox in a 5-4 loss to Richmond at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie starting pitcher Steve Johnson only allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and issued four walks.

Baysox relief pitcher Pat Egan (2-1), who has been nearly unhittable this season, was touched up for five runs (four earned), four hits and three walks in three innings.

Lerud hit a double in his first game for Bowie.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 7, Salem Red Sox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Kyle Hudson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Keys' 7-2 victory over Salem.

Frederick third baseman Billy Rowell collected three RBIs, while right fielder Ronnie Welty and first baseman Joe Mahoney each added two hits and an RBI.

Keys starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-3) picked up his first win of the season after holding the Red Sox to two runs and four hits in five innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Charleston RiverDogs 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (Box score)

Recap: Second baseman Tyler Kelly was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, but the Shorebirds were edged, 4-3, by Charleston at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva left fielder Michael Planeta contributed an RBI, while center fielder Steve Bumbry and first baseman Tyler Stampone each added two hits.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Ryan Berry (0-2) gave up four runs (two earned) and six hits in five innings. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out three hitters, issued two walks and threw a wild pitch.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:25 PM | | Comments (5)


dean, are we starting to see some improvement in billy rowell? didn't we draft him very young?

RESPONSE FROM DEAN: Kenny, it's still early, but Rowell is hitting very well to start the season. In a game early this season at Harry Grove Stadium, he made a couple throwing errors but did seem to be showing better plate discipline.

Seriously, time to bring up Corey! He's the hottest hitter in the system and we could use a spark. He also represents true speed - which we don't have any of in the parent club (not even when Roberts is healthy). He'll probably do good for a few weeks. By then hopefully the rest of our offense gets going and when he starts to tank, we can ship him back down.

Once again there is one name that appears in this blog day after day. Steve Bumbry...Do you think that he's due for a promotion any time soon?

Arrieta striking out 6 while walking 5 and hitting 1 is not a solid outing in my opinion. Minor leaguers swing at many more balls than disciplined major leaguers do.

He would have been shelled with that kind of control on the Orioles' level....unless of course he was pitching AGAINST the O's...

It doesn't matter what the Orioles minor leaguers do. Some of you guys will tear it down no matter what. A bunch of "know it all" basement dwellers. Have a nice day.

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