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May 25, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 25

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides edged the Rochester Red Wings in the final game of their homestand, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox fell to the Harrisburg Senators. The Single-A Frederick Keys beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds lost to the Hickory Crawdads.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

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

Recap: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (5-2) held Rochester to one run and seven hits in seven innings as the Tides earned a 2-1 victory at Harbor Park.

Arrieta struck out six batters and issued two walks, throwing 70 of his 112 pitches for strikes. After 10 starts, the 24-year-old right-hander leads the International League with a 1.86 ERA.

For what it's worth, Arrieta also leads the league in innings pitched (63) and walks (32), and he is sixth in the league with 55 strikeouts.

Tides left fielder Danny Figueroa, batting ninth in his first game at Triple-A, hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to provide the team's only runs scored.

Norfolk relief pitcher Dennis Sarfate escaped a jam in the ninth after allowing a single and a walk to pick up his first save of the season.

Designated hitter Brandon Snyder hit a double for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Harrisburg Senators 2, Bowie Baysox 1 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Tyler Henson was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, but the Baysox dropped a 2-1 decision on the road against Harrisburg.

Bowie starting pitcher Tim Bascom (3-3) picked up the loss despite holding the Senators to two runs and eight hits in five innings. He collected four strikeouts and walked one batter.

Baysox center fielder Matt Angle contributed a single and his fifth stolen base of the season, while designated hitter Joel Guzman scored the team's only run.

The Baysox were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Jacob Julius was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a two-run home run as the Keys picked up a 5-3 victory over Wilmington.

Frederick left fielder Kyle Hudson contributed a double and two RBIs, and second baseman Miguel Abreu added a double and an RBI.

Keys starting pitcher Oliver Drake (1-1) gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in seven innings, while relief pitcher Jose Diaz tossed a scoreless frame for his fifth save of the season.

Center fielder Xavier Avery also had a double and a run scored for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hickory Crawdads 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Mychal Givens was 1-for-2 with an RBI in his professional debut, but the Shorebirds were dealt a 4-2 loss against Hickory.

Delmarva center fielder Steve Bumbry walked twice and scored two runs, while shortstop Garabez Rosa collected two hits.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Kenny Moreland (0-1) was charged with three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and hit a batter.

Catcher Michael Ohlman was 1-for-3 with an RBI for Delmarva.

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