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May 6, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 6

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides won the first game of their series against the Toledo Mud Hens, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox fell to the Harrisburg Senators. The Single-A Frederick Keys edged the Winston-Salem Dash, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds inched past the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Earlier today, the Shorebirds placed catcher Justin Dalles on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. To replace him on the roster, Delmarva added catcher Jason Stifler.

It's unclear how long Dalles will be out of action, but the Orioles are thankful the injury wasn't more serious following a collision at home plate Wednesday night. The other player involved in the play -- Savannah first baseman Sam Honeck -- reportedly suffered two broken bones in his leg.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 12, Toledo Mud Hens 7 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Josh Bell hit a three-run home run in the first inning as the Tides topped Toledo, 12-7, at Harbor Park.

Norfolk right fielder Michael Aubrey contributed a home run and two RBIs, while designated hitter Justin Turner and shortstop Robert Andino each added a double and three RBIs.

Despite allowing a run and two hits in one inning, relief pitcher Kam Mickolio (1-0) picked up the victory when the Tides scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Starting pitcher Chris George gave up five runs (three earned) and seven hits in five innings for Norfolk. The 30-year-old left-hander struck out four batters and issued two walks.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Harrisburg Senators 6, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Joel Guzman was 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run, but the Baysox suffered a 6-3 loss to Harrisburg.

Bowie starting pitcher Chorye Spoone (1-4) surrendered six runs and 10 hits in six innings, while relief pitcher Zach Clark tossed two scoreless frames.

In 18 innings this season, Clark has only given up two earned runs.

Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph and left fielder Tyler Henson each had an RBI.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 5, Winston-Salem Dash 4 (Box score)

Recap: Although they committed four errors, the Keys scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to escape with a 5-4 victory over Winston-Salem at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick catcher Brian Ward hit a two-run home run, and first baseman Joe Mahoney collected an RBI double.

Keys relief pitcher Brett Jacobson (2-0) gave up two unearned runs and two hits, but he picked up the win. Starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea held the Dash to two runs and seven hits in five innings for Frederick.

Second baseman L.J. Hoes raised his batting average to .316 this season by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Frederick, while right fielder Ronnie Welty and designated hitter Jacob Julius each added an RBI and a run scored.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 4, 11 innings (Box score)

Recap: Despite four errors -- including three by pitchers -- the Shorebirds outlasted Savannah for a 5-4 win in 11 innings at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva center fielder Steve Bumbry and shortstop Garabez Rosa each collected three hits, and first baseman Tyler Kolodny added two RBIs.

Shorebirds relief pitcher Nicholas Haughian (3-0) earned the victory after one scoreless frame.

Starting pitcher Jake Cowan didn't factor in the decision for Delmarva after giving up three runs (two earned) and three hits in six innings. The 21-year-old right-hander collected five strikeouts and walked four batters.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:00 PM | | Comments (1)


Mickolio was worse than appears above. He entered the game with a 7-5 lead and runner on first and deftly blew the lead, giving up an inherited run as well as one of his own. Good thing the Tides scored five in the bottom of the eighth to regain the lead. A rather tarnished win it appears.
Three of the Shorebirds four games against Savannah went into extra innings (13 innings Monday, 12 innings Wednesday, 11 innings Thursday). Shorebirds won two of them. But they appear to be getting great pitching...

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