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June 24, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- June 23

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides topped the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox lost to the Reading Phillies.

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds fell to the Staten Island Yankees.

The Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles routed the Pulaski Mariners, and the Rookie-level GCL Orioles couldn't overcome one bad inning in a loss to the GCL Red Sox.

The Single-A Frederick Keys and Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were idle.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Jeff Salazar was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Tides held on for a 5-4 victory over Lehigh Valley at Harbor Park.

Norfolk starting pitcher Chris George (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. George collected six strikeouts and issued one walk.

Catcher Michel Hernandez added two hits for Norfolk.

Tides closer Dennis Sarfate recorded the final four outs for his 10th save.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Reading Phillies 8, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Steve Johnson (3-5) gave up six runs and nine hits, including three home runs, in three innings as the Baysox dropped an 8-3 decision to Reading.

Bowie first baseman Robbie Widlansky hit a three-run home run, and right fielder Jonathan Tucker was 2-for-3 with a stolen base.

Second baseman Ryan Adams contributed two hits for the Baysox.

Phillies starting pitcher J.A. Happ held Bowie to three runs and seven hits in five innings during an injury rehabilitation assignment. He struck out four batters.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Staten Island Yankees 6, Aberdeen IronBirds 5 (Box score)

Recap: Second baseman L.J. Hoes was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, but the IronBirds were edged, 6-5, by Staten Island.

Aberdeen left fielder Kipp Schutz collected two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs, while third baseman Adam Gaylord was 3-for-5.

IronBirds first baseman David Anderson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and catcher Joe Oliveira added two hits and a run scored.

Starting pitcher Blake Mechaw allowed three runs, two hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings for Aberdeen. He also hit a batter, but didn't factor in the decision.

Relief pitcher Brandon Holloway (0-1) suffered the loss for the IronBirds after giving up two unearned runs, one hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. He also allowed an inherited runner to score.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Bluefield Orioles 14, Pulaski Mariners 0 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Corey Thomas was 3-for-6 with a three-run home run, a stolen base and four runs scored as Bluefield pounded Pulaski, 14-0.

Orioles starting pitcher Angel Cespedes (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings. He struck out one batter, issued one walk and allowed six hits.

Bluefield right fielder Eiris Ramirez was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, while designated hitter Michael Ohlman and third baseman Brad Decater each added three hits and an RBI.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Red Sox 10, GCL Orioles 8 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Tyler Townsend collected three doubles and three RBIs in his latest rehab assignment, but the GCL Orioles allowed seven runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 10-8 loss to the GCL Red Sox.

Orioles left fielder Preston Hale also contributed three doubles, and center fielder Martin Serrata was 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored.

Starting pitcher Enrico Jimenez struck out six batters in three innings for the Orioles. He allowed one run and three hits, but didn't factor in the decision.

Orioles second baseman Pedro Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He also added a stolen base in the defeat.

Relief pitcher Chris Hervey (0-1) picked up the loss after being charged with two runs (one earned) and one hit for the Orioles.

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