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May 19, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 19

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides topped the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the Single-A Bowie Baysox beat the Binghamton Mets. The Single-A Frederick Keys remained hot by winning again over the Potomac Nationals, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were edged by the West Virginia Power.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Scott Moore was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in the Tides' 5-2 victory over Pawtucket at Harbor Park.

It was Moore's first game since May 13 due to a strained left hamstring.

Norfolk starting pitcher Chris Tillman (4-4) tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out four batters. Tillman also issued two walks, throwing 65 of his 112 pitches for strikes.

Tides second baseman Justin Turner added a two-run home run, and first baseman Nolan Reimold was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

Reimold also committed an error on a pickoff attempt at first base.

Relief pitcher Frank Mata entered with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and recorded the final two outs to pick up his eighth save of the season for the Tides.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 6, Binghamton Mets 4 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Brandon Waring was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored as the Baysox topped Binghamton, 6-4, on the road.

Bowie catcher Caleb Joseph contributed a home run and four RBIs, while right fielder Jonathan Tucker and designated hitter Robbie Widlansky each collected two hits and an RBI.

Baysox starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka (3-4) scattered seven hits in six shutout innings, striking out six batters and not allowing any walks. Relief pitcher Pedro Beato recorded the final out to earn his third save of the season.

Second baseman Ryan Adams hit a double for Bowie. It was Adams' 12th double of the season, which ties him for second in the Eastern League.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 6, Potomac Nationals 4 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Joe Mahoney was 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in the Keys' 6-4 win over Potomac at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick right fielder Ronnie Welty hit a solo home run and scored three times, while infielder Buck Britton added two hits.

Keys relief pitcher Brett Bordes (2-0) earned the victory after recording the final out of the eighth inning, and closer Jose Diaz retired all three batters he faced for his third save of the season.

Starting pitcher Kenny Moreland gave up two runs and five hits in five innings for Frederick, but he didn't factor in the decision.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: West Virginia Power 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Tyler Henson was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, but the Shorebirds suffered a 3-2 defeat to West Virginia.

Delmarva center fielder Steve Bumbry was 2-for-4 with a double, and second baseman Tyler Kelly added a double and a run scored.

Shorebirds relief pitcher Jacob Smith (3-1) picked up the loss after giving up one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings, and starting pitcher Jesse Beal held the Power to two runs (one earned) and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Shortstop Garabez Rosa was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for Delmarva. He also committed his team-leading 12th error of the season.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:08 PM | | Comments (11)


What does anyone know of Joe Mahoney's prospects as a future 1B for the O's?

A Tides reliever with 8 saves does not let three inherited runners score? Bring him up!

Signed in 2007, Mahoney bounced around Aberdeen and Delmarva a couple years before moving to Frederick full time in 2010. The guy is 23 and just now starting to hit. The O's have a log jam of similar players...Widlansky, Hughes, Waring, Snyder....and Mahoney, 6'7", 260lb has less power (so far) than the others. The guy will likely move up to Bowie next year and at age 24, then will be expected to produce. Of Widlansky, Waring, Snyder, etc. all appear headed for 4A status and I'd expect one of them to step back to AA if Mahoney falters in 2011 .

Why is Chris Tillman throwing 112 pitches? There is absolutely no need for us to be putting one of the best prospects in baseball at risk for an arm injury:

Dan: he's not a major league prospect. In fact, the O's don't really have a legit 1B prospect anywhere in the system, unless you count Snyder (who's struggling big time in AAA).

Actually, I wouldnt mind seeing Waring tried at 1B. Bell looks like he will take over at 3B eventually. Waring has alot of power and may be a more natural fit at 1B anyway.

Moore and Tillman up, Montanez and Hernandez down. Caleb to AAA. Sept. 1 Caleb at catcher and Wieters at first base. Trembley gone and Ripken in now!

All of the pitchers needs to be throwing at a minimum of 70% strikes. Tillman doesn't do it. Hernandez doesn't do it. Guthrie has struggled with doing it over the past 2 years and has improved this year. If they can't throw strikes they are not ready.

Great job per usual.

Len- Zack Greinke, Tim Lincecum, and Ubaldo Jimenez combined have one start this month (by Greinke) when 70% of their pitches were strikes. If that's your standard, you're going to be waiting an awfully long time to find a pitcher who is big league ready. Tillman definitely still needs to work on his command, but he's not as far off as you suggest.

Dan F- Joe Mahoney is a 23-year-old former 7th round pick in high A who's never played well for a full season since becoming a pro. He's not a legitimate big league prospect.

Couple of typos - in the beginning - Bowie is double A not single A and for DelMarva - it is Tyler Kolodny, not Tyler Henson (Henson is with Bowie primarily as a LF).

Otherwise, nice wrap-up and a question. Can you also add for each team their standings in their respective leagues>

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