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June 21, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- June 21

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, while the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds dropped a decision against the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The Rookie-level GCL Orioles kicked off their season with a loss, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox, Single-A Frederick Keys and Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were all idle.

Right-handed pitcher Zach Clark and left-hander Chris George flipped places in the organization earlier today. Clark heads to Norfolk from Bowie, while George goes from the Tides to the Baysox.

Also, Shorebirds first baseman Tyler Townsend and catcher Justin Dalles were both added to the roster of the GCL Orioles to begin their injury rehabilitation assignments.

The South Atlantic League selected Delmarva starting pitcher Kenny Moreland as the Pitcher of the Week for June 14-20. He was 2-0 with 15 scoreless innings during that span.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6, Norfolk Tides 4 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Brad Bergesen allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, but he didn't factor in the decision as the Tides fell, 6-4, to Lehigh Valley at Harbor Park.

Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell collected a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored, while right fielder Jeff Salazar added two hits and two stolen bases.

Clark (0-2) suffered the loss after giving up two runs, four hits and four walks in four innings. He also allowed two of three inherited runners to score in the defeat.

Tides second baseman Robert Andino was 2-for-4.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Pedro Florimon was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first rehab assignment as the IronBirds lost, 5-2, to Brooklyn.

Second baseman L.J. Hoes was 2-for-3 as he continued his rehab assignment with the IronBirds, while catcher Austin Goolsby added a single and two RBIs.

Aberdeen starting pitcher Tyler Sexton (0-1) was charged with five runs (four earned) and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and issued two walks.

IronBirds third baseman Adam Gaylord contributed two hits in the loss.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Twins 8, GCL Orioles 4 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Felix Pie was 0-for-4 in his first injury rehabilitation assignment as the GCL Orioles lost, 8-4, to the Twins.

Townsend hit a double and an RBI groundout for the Orioles, while Dalles was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Orioles third baseman Dudley Leonora was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored, and shortstop Jonathan Schoop added a double and two RBIs.

Starting pitcher Luiyi Batista gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Orioles, while relief pitcher David Richardson (0-1) was charged with four runs without recording an out.

Richardson was the Orioles' 17th-round selection in this year's MLB draft.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:31 PM | | Comments (2)


Do you think LJ Hoes will be used in the long-run by the Orioles? He was a standout at my high school when I was there, and I see him in the stat lines every day now when he plays.

He has great speed, but I think injuries might hold him back? What do you think?

Is Brandon Snyder injured, haven't seen him in a game since the 17th. He's batting .382 over his last 10 games played so I can't see his performance holding him back from being on the field.

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