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May 13, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 13

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides endured a heartbreaking loss to the Syracuse Chiefs, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox were beaten by the Erie SeaWolves.

The Single-A Frederick Keys topped the Salem Red Sox, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were blanked by the Kannapolis Intimidators.

In the past two days, there were a few roster moves in the Orioles' minor league system.

Utility player Paco Figueroa was promoted to the Tides from Bowie, replacing Corey Patterson on the roster. When Nolan Reimold joins Norfolk, a corresponding move will need to be made.

Also, center fielder Matt Angle was activated from the disabled list for the Baysox and catcher Phil Britton was transferred off the team's roster. Angle made his season debut tonight for Bowie after missing the first 34 games due to a broken bone in his hand.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Syracuse Chiefs 2, Norfolk Tides 1 (Box score)

Recap: Tides starting pitcher Brandon Erbe dominated Syracuse for seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out six batters.

Erbe didn't factor in the decision, however, as Norfolk relief pitcher Frank Mata (1-1) surrendered two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, handing the team a 2-1 loss to the Chiefs.

Tides catcher Michel Hernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and designated hitter Michael Aubrey added two hits and a run scored.

Left fielder Jeff Salazar was 2-for-4 for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Angle was 2-for-4 with a run scored in his first game of the season, but the Baysox suffered a 5-3 loss to Erie.

Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third of the season, and designated hitter Joel Guzman collected two RBIs.

Baysox starting pitcher Tim Bascom (2-2) gave up five runs (three earned) and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, while relief pitcher Zach Clark tossed 3 1/3 scoreless frames.

Third baseman Brandon Waring hit a double for Bowie.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 8, Salem Red Sox 4 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Joe Mahoney collected four hits, including two doubles, and two runs scored in the Keys' 8-4 victory over Salem.

Frederick left fielder Jacob Julius was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while right fielder Ronnie Welty added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Despite allowing both inherited runners to score, as well as being charged with one run and three hits in one inning, Keys relief pitcher Raul Rivero (2-1) earned the win.

Starting pitcher Cole McCurry gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Keys. The 24-year-old left-hander walked three batters and had four strikeouts.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 (Box score)

Recap: The Shorebirds were held to two hits in a 5-0 loss to Kannapolis.

Delmarva starting pitcher Matt Hobgood (2-2) allowed four runs (three earned), three hits and four walks in four innings. The 19-year-old right-hander also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and collected two strikeouts.

Shorebirds shortstop Garabez Rosa and left fielder Michael Planeta each had a single.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:32 PM | | Comments (3)


If my memory is correct, the last high school pitcher the O's drafted in the 1st round, Adam Loewen, started at Aberdeen, and that was after a year of JUCO ball. I think it speaks volumes about Matt Hobgood that he is able to play in A ball in his first full year as a pro.

I am a loyal who would have stayed with the O's regardless of our record but they lost me when they drafted Hobgood last year. I like the kid but there were five guys who could make the club in less than two years we could have had but didnt want to pay for, inlcuding the kid Leak who is starting pitcher for the reds. Hobgood was second round talent at best and he is hsoieng it in minors. Mark my words, he will be forced to pick up a bat and start making it as ahitter, which he ahs a better shot at. We could have drafted another Matusz like sure thing, but no, gotta be cheap

WELL THOM. The other players that we were looking at Grant Green who is 23 and batting 280 at A ball. Zack Wheeler 6.4 Era in a ball and Matzek who has yet to pitch in professional baseball.Jacob turner injured his arm.
Based on these SURE things I think we have done ok.

Leake was not considered a top 5 pick by anyone. Nor was hobgood but your hindsight is amazing. I guess you should be in the front office.

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