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May 15, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 15

If you're done reading bad news on Orioles Insider, it might not be a good idea to read tonight's minor league recaps because all four full-season affiliates also lost Saturday.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Buffalo Bisons, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox blew a late lead against the Erie SeaWolves. The Single-A Frederick Keys were beaten by the Kinston Indians, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds couldn't stop the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Buffalo Bisons 4, Norfolk Tides 0 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (3-2) gave up four runs, five hits and four walks as the Tides were blanked, 4-0, on the road against Buffalo.

Norfolk managed only four singles in the game, including one by right fielder Jeff Salazar.

Tides relief pitcher Dennis Sarfate tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. The 29-year-old right-hander has only allowed one unearned run and one hit in 7 2/3 frames this season for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 9, Bowie Baysox 6 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Joel Guzman hit a solo home run for the second consecutive game -- his eighth on the season -- but it wasn't enough as the Baysox dropped a 9-6 decision to Erie at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie right fielder Jonathan Tucker was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, while center fielder Matt Angle and catcher Caleb Joseph each added three hits and two runs scored.

Baysox starting pitcher Steve Johnson allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Relief pitcher Eddie Gamboa (1-3) suffered the loss for Bowie after being charged with five runs (three earned) and three hits in two-plus innings.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Kinston Indians 8, Frederick Keys 3 (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the Keys fell to Kinston, 8-3.

Frederick third baseman Bobby Stevens hit a solo shot, and left fielder Xavier Avery was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the loss.

Keys starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-4) was charged with four unearned runs and seven hits in five innings, while relief pitcher Oliver Drake allowed four runs and six hits in three innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Kannapolis Intimidators 11, Delmarva Shorebirds 10 (Box score)

Recap: The Shorebirds scored 10 runs for the second straight night, but they were unable to hold a late lead in an 11-10 loss to Kannapolis.

Delmarva third baseman Tyler Kolodny was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, and center fielder Michael Planeta added three hits and three RBIs.

Shorebirds shortstop Garabez Rosa was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while right fielder Brian Conley and designated hitter Michael Mooney each contributed two hits.

Starting pitcher Tony Butler allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in five innings for the Shorebirds, and relief pitcher James Brandhorst (1-3) was touched up for three runs, two hits and two walks in one-plus innings.

First baseman Tyler Stampone scored three runs for Delmarva.

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