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May 23, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 23

First, I wanted to apologize for the lack of minor league updates over the past couple days. I had some technical issues with my laptop, but the problem seems to be solved -- hopefully.

One of these days I'll invest in a new computer.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Rochester Red Wings today, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox topped the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Single-A Frederick Keys were edged by the Kinston Indians in extra innings, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds lost to the Hagerstown Suns.

Also, there have been a series of roster moves over the past few days in the organization.

Here are the final landing spots for players involved in the moves:

UTIL Miguel Abreu -- Demoted to Frederick from Bowie
RHP Ryan Berry -- Promoted to Frederick from Delmarva
RHP Zach Clark -- Transferred to Aberdeen from Bowie
RHP Jake Cowan -- Placed on disabled list at Delmarva
UTIL Paco Figueroa -- Added to roster at Norfolk
LHP Chris George -- Activated from disabled list at Norfolk
IF Mike Mooney -- Promoted to Frederick from Delmarva
RHP Kenny Moreland -- Transferred from Frederick to Delmarva
RHP Luis Noel -- Added to Delmarva from extended spring training
RHP Ryan Ouellette -- Added to roster at Bowie
OF Kieron Pope -- Activated from disabled list at Delmarva
IF Carlos Rojas -- Added to roster at Bowie

Clark spent a couple days with the Shorebirds over the weekend, tossing two scoreless innings against the Hagerstown Suns on Saturday. He made 11 appearances for Bowie earlier this year, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA and one save in 27 1/3 innings.

Right-hander Patrick Kantakevich tossed six scoreless frames of relief for Delmarva in the 15-inning victory at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Saturday, but he was also transferred back to Aberdeen.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Rochester Red Wings 8, Norfolk Tides 4 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Brandon Erbe (0-8) is still searching for his first victory of the 2010 season as the Tides suffered an 8-4 loss to Rochester at Harbor Park.

Erbe allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 6.80 ERA in nine starts and he has only made it through six innings three times this year.

Norfolk first baseman Brandon Snyder was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and third baseman Josh Bell added two hits and a run scored.

Tides left fielder Jeff Salazar hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, and designated hitter Rhyne Hughes was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Second baseman Paco Figueroa was 2-for-4 with a walk for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 7, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2 (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as the Baysox topped New Hampshire, 7-2, at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie first baseman Brandon Waring and catcher Steven Lerud each added a solo home run, while second baseman Carlos Rojas was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Baysox starting pitcher Chorye Spoone held the Fisher Cats to two runs and four hits in six innings, and relief pitcher Pat Egan (4-1) earned the win after tossing two scoreless frames.

Center fielder Matt Angle collected two hits and a run scored for the Baysox.

Former Orioles starting pitcher Adam Loewen walked as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat in the top of the ninth for the Fisher Cats. In the three-game series, Loewen was 1-for-9 with four strikeouts.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Kinston Indians 2, Frederick Keys 1, 12 innings (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Kyle Hudson was 3-for-5 with a double and two stolen bases, but the Keys came up short in a 2-1 loss to Kinston in 12 innings at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea gave up one run and six hits in five innings. The 23-year-old right-hander walked five batters and collected two strikeouts.

Relief pitcher Cole McCurry held Kinston to one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings for the Keys, while Sean Gleason (1-1) allowed an unearned run and two hits after making a fielding error.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hagerstown Suns 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (Box score)

Recap: Delmarva couldn't recover from five errors in a 6-3 loss to Hagerstown at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Shorebirds shortstop Garabez Rosa made his 18th and 19th defensive miscues of the season, while catcher Jason Stifler was also charged with an error.

Rosa committed seven errors in the five-game series with Hagerstown. The 20-year-old infielder has made at least one defensive miscue in each of the Shorebirds' past eight games and he has 10 errors overall during that stretch.

Delmarva starting pitcher Matt Hobgood (2-4) was charged with six runs (three earned), five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also committed two of the errors, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Right fielder Brian Conley collected two hits for Delmarva, while second baseman Gary Helmick and third baseman Tyler Kelly each added an RBI.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 6:33 PM | | Comments (8)


Great to hear Kieron's playing again. Hope he does well.

Matt Hobgood everyone... Our first pick of the draft commits 2 errors, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. This organization is a disgrace.

Re Hobgood. Wow. I realize we need to give him 3-4 years to develop, but the early reports are not favorable at all.

I am generally troubled by the notion of drafting a HS pitcher in the first round, but to reach for one when you have the 4th (?) pick means the kid better pan out. Let's hope he does.

Come on people he is 19 give him a chance. He needs time to find and add 1-2 more pitches. I was there yesterday and must say 5 errors in a game isn't going to go good for the starting pitcher even if he made the errors himself. Without the error the score would have been 3-3 or 2-3 in our favor. Also the umps were either blind or need glasses due to the amount of bad calls they made. The game Sat should not have gone 15 it should have been over in 9 instead.

Hobgood and Rowell are quite future deliverymen for Dominos once their families deplete the signing bonuses. Sorry, Dominos deliverymen desire better.

If you know it's gonna take the kid at least a couple of years to develop, why do early reports of his first 6 starts startle folks? The kid is 18 years old, and not even done growing.
The point of whether the Os should have drafted a HS pitcher this early, when it seemed that a more ML ready arm or a bona fide college bat would have been a better choice is a fair one, but also a separate issue.
To read this judgement of Hobgood here and elsewhere all of 2 months into his pro career is absurd to say the least.
And the organization is a disgrace because of him?
Please, we can all think of 50 other things besides Hobgood.
Most dating back to long before he showed up for A ball...

I think you meant Zach Clark was transferred FROM Aberdeen TO Bowie. My son got his autograph at Bowie on Friday.

Thanks to Chris for backing Matt. He is only 19, and needs to be given time. Up until his errors, he looked solid (not great). Like any "kid" the physical aspect is the easy part and comes naturally. Dealing with adversity is the tough part, and a piece he still needs to master. At times he has been dominent and he has great control of his curveball, fastball has been touching 95. Give it time folks, he may have been a reach where picked, but I think he'll be fine.

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