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May 25, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 24

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides picked up a one-run victory over the Rochester Red Wings, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox outlasted the Harrisburg Senators in a marathon. The Single-A Frederick Keys fell to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds defeated the Hickory Crawdads.

Mychal Givens, the Orioles' second-round pick in the 2009 MLB draft, was assigned to Delmarva on Monday. He didn't play in the team's game against Hickory, however.

In order to make room for Givens with the Shorebirds, infielder Tyler Kolodny was transferred to the roster of the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.

Also, there were four transactions for the Tides on Monday.

The team officially added left-hander Alberto Castillo back to the roster from the Orioles, and right-hander Jim Miller was added to Norfolk from Aberdeen.

Tides first baseman Michael Aubrey was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 23, with a right hip flexor injury, while right-hander Ross Wolf was transferred to Aberdeen.

Wolf, who is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 appearances for Norfolk this season, is believed to be one of the relief pitchers under consideration to join the Orioles' bullpen if Koji Uehara or Alfredo Simon (or both) are placed on the disabled list Tuesday. Castillo's name has also been mentioned in the discussion.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 2, Rochester Red Wings 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chris Tillman (5-4) held Rochester to one run and eight hits in six innings as the Tides grabbed a 2-1 victory at Harbor Park.

Tillman struck out seven batters and issued one walk, throwing 78 of his 117 pitches for strikes.

Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and left fielder Jeff Salazar added a double and a run scored. Salazar also threw out a runner at home plate to preserve the one-run lead in the eighth inning.

Tides relief pitcher Armando Gabino tossed three scoreless innings for his first save of the season.

Designated hitter Nolan Reimold was 0-for-4 with a strikeout for Norfolk. In 10 games since his demotion, the 26-year-old outfielder is 3-for-34 (.088) with one home run and two RBIs.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg Senators 3, 15 innings (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Caleb Joseph was 2-for-7 with a double and three RBIs as the Baysox captured a 7-3 victory in 15 innings over Harrisburg.

The matchup lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes.

Baysox center fielder Matt Angle hit a solo home run to start the game, and second baseman Ryan Adams also added a solo shot.

Bowie infielder Brandon Waring struck out four times in the game, but he also contributed two RBIs, while right fielder Jonathan Tucker collected two hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored and three walks.

Closer Pedro Beato (2-0) suffered his second blown save of the season after allowing one run and two hits in one inning for Bowie, but he was also the winning pitcher.

Starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Baysox. He struck out three batters and issued two walks.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Frederick Keys 1 (Box score)

Recap: Second baseman Miguel Abreu was 2-for-4, but the Keys couldn't get anything else going offensively in a 3-1 loss to Wilmington.

Frederick first baseman Joe Mahoney was 1-for-2 with an RBI before leaving the game in the fifth inning, and center fielder Xavier Avery added a stolen base and a run scored.

Keys starting pitcher Nathan Nery (3-4) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. Nery collected two strikeouts, issued three walks and hit a batter.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hickory Crawdads 3 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Steve Bumbry was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base as the Shorebirds edged Hickory for a 4-3 victory.

Delmarva first baseman Tyler Stampone was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and second baseman Gary Helmick added a single and two RBIs.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Jesse Beal (4-2) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings, and relief pitcher Josh Dowdy picked up his fifth save of the season after tossing a perfect ninth.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 4:30 AM | | Comments (4)


Why not give Jeff Salazar, who leads Norfolk in just about every offensive category and has some speed a shot in Baltimore. Lou Montanez got a couple of hits over the weekend, but he has been terrible and is not good defensively. I am sure Salazar is not a long-term solution, but he would seem to give the team more versatility off the bench.

It is nice to see that Kieron Pope has made a comeback. Think he still has a chance? I mean he is only 24 which is young

Hey, Dean. Delmarva's roster lists Givens as a pitcher. I thought he was going to be groomed at short. If he's pitching, will he be in the rotation, or out of the pen?
If he's at short, how will he get ABs with Rosa hitting .300?

RESPONSE FROM DEAN: Birdbrain, this was a typo on the Shorebirds website, which has since been corrected. Givens is an infielder and he'll get his time at shortstop. Rosa can also play second and third, so there will be plenty of at-bats to go around. Not to mention, Rosa's defense is better suited for DH.

Please put Nolan R on DL and allow his achilles to fully heal then let him work on swing in minors or Sarasota. We need him healthy for the future since this year is over.

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