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May 9, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- May 9

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides topped the Toledo Mud Hens, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox were routed by the Trenton Thunder. The Single-A Frederick Keys beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were tripped up by the Charleston RiverDogs.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chris Tillman (3-3) held the Mud Hens to one run and four hits in seven innings as Norfolk earned a 4-1 victory at Harbor Park.

The 22-year-old right-hander struck out a season-high 10 batters and issued one walk.

Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored, while designated hitter Scott Moore and third baseman Josh Bell each added an RBI.

Frank Mata recorded the final five outs of the game for the Tides to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Trenton Thunder 15, Bowie Baysox 4 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Zach Britton (2-3) struggled mightily as the Baysox were pounded, 15-4, by Trenton.

The 22-year-old left-hander gave up six runs (five earned), four hits and three walks in five innings for Bowie. Britton also threw three wild pitches in the loss.

Baysox center fielder Jonathan Tucker and second baseman Ryan Adams each contributed two hits, a stolen base and a run scored, while first baseman Robbie Widlansky added a double and two RBIs.

The one bright spot for the Baysox was relief pitcher Zach Clark's continued effectiveness. The 26-year-old right-hander tossed two scoreless frames, lowering his season ERA to 0.90 in 20 innings (eight appearances).

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 8, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Kenny Moreland (2-1) tossed seven scoreless innings, holding the Blue Rocks to two hits, as the Keys cruised to an 8-2 victory at Harry Grove Stadium.

Moreland collected 10 strikeouts and issued one walk in the win.

Frederick third baseman Billy Rowell hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, his second in as many games and fourth overall this season.

Left fielder Xavier Avery and catcher Luis Bernardo each added a home run for the Keys, and first baseman Joe Mahoney was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Keys center fielder Kyle Hudson also had two hits.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Charleston RiverDogs 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Garabez Rosa collected two more hits for the Shorebirds, raising his league-leading batting average to .368, but the team suffered a 5-3 loss to Charleston at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva first baseman Tyler Stampone was 2-for-4 in the defeat, while designated hitter Tyler Kelly and left fielder T.J. Baxter each contributed an RBI.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Tony Butler (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out one hitter and issued one walk.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 7:22 PM | | Comments (5)


Why is tillman still in aaa? Just asking after a no hitter and 10 ks???

Hopefully they can trade Millwood and Guthrie. Then Tillman and Arrieta can take their place in the rotation for the second half of the year.

Why don't they publish our minor league stats once a month? I just checked, (to answer my own ?) , they stink also. I assume "they" don't want us to know our heralded prospects are also failing.
AM, make changes now, or fire yourself, make the Mgr, coaches, scouts accountable.Evaluate the evaluators.

The only way this team gets good fast is by making a huge splash in free agency next 2 years. I'm talking 2 or 3 big bats and a few big pitchers. They could do it but they dont want to spend any money.

On request for monthly stats - go to ORIOLESHANGOUT.COM, select minor leagues, then I believe club info (1 of the 2 items w/o plus sign). You'll get a screen with ea minor league team shown, Select STATS

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