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June 3, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- June 3

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides were blanked by the Rochester Red Wings, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox were beaten by the Binghamton Mets. The Single-A Frederick Keys won against the Lynchburg Hillcats, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Earlier today, the Shorebirds placed infielder Mychal Givens on the disabled list with a hand injury and added infielder Gary Helmick to their roster from the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.

The extent of Givens' injury is not known at this time, and it's unclear how long he will be out of action. Attempts to reach Orioles staff about the injury were not returned as of this blog entry.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Rochester Red Wings 9, Norfolk Tides 0 (Box score)

Recap: Nothing new to see here.

Tides starting pitcher Brandon Erbe (0-9) is still winless after being charged with five runs (four earned) and eight hits in five-plus innings during the team's 9-0 loss to Rochester.

Norfolk managed only four hits against Red Wings starting pitcher Jeff Manship (3-2), who struck out six batters and walked none while tossing a complete game.

Designated hitter Nolan Reimold was 1-for-4 for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Binghamton Mets 3, Bowie Baysox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Tyler Henson was 2-for-4 with a run scored, but the Baysox couldn't put it together in the late innings of a 3-2 loss to Binghamton at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie catcher Caleb Joseph added two hits, while designated hitter Robbie Widlansky and second baseman Carlos Rojas each collected an RBI.

Baysox starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka didn't factor in the decision after giving up one run and three hits in seven innings.

Relief pitcher Eddie Gamboa (1-4) was charged with the loss after being touched up for two runs, two hits and three walks in one inning for the Baysox.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 4 (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Jacob Julius was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run as the Keys topped Lynchburg, 7-4, at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick first baseman Joe Mahoney added a two-run shot, and shortstop Greg Miclat and catcher Brian Ward each collected an RBI.

Keys relief pitcher Jose Duran (3-0) tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames to pick up the victory, while closer Jose Diaz pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Starting pitcher Ryan Berry gave up four runs (three earned) and six hits, including two home runs, in five innings for the Keys.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Greensboro Grasshoppers 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 8, 10 innings (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Garabez Rosa collected a double and three RBIs, but the Shorebirds were edged, 9-8, in 10 innings by Greensboro.

Delmarva center fielder Steve Bumbry added two RBIs and a run scored, while catcher Michael Ohlman and outfielder Michael Planeta each contributed an RBI and a run scored.

Shorebirds relief pitcher Jacob Smith (3-2) suffered the loss after giving up one run, three hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings.

Starting pitcher Nathan Moreau allowed four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings for Delmarva. He struck out three batters and issued three walks.

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


Another much appreciated update on the minors. Any idea why they continue to keep Erbe at Norfolk? Seems like the guy needs to step back some. Maybe a move to Frederick or Aberdeen might help him in the short term. Same holds true for Reimold.

I think it's time to bring Erbe up to the O's. He's earned a place and will fit right in.

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