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June 29, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- June 29

Four Baysox players were selected to represent the Western Division squad in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Starting pitcher Zach Britton, left fielder Tyler Henson, first baseman Joel Guzman and relief pitcher Pedro Beato all received nods for the contest.

Britton, however, will not participate in the game because of his Triple-A promotion, as well as his participation in the MLB Futures Game as part of All-Star Weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

Also, the Shorebirds placed third baseman Tyler Stampone on the disabled list with a left hand injury and transferred infielder Michael Mooney to Delmarva from the GCL Orioles in order to take his roster spot.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 12, Charlotte Knights 3 (Box score)

Recap: It was a grand night for third baseman Josh Bell as the Tides cruised to a 12-3 victory over Charlotte.

Bell hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and a grand slam in the seventh for Norfolk.

Tides catcher Adam Donachie and second baseman Paco Figueroa each added a two-run home run, while designated hitter Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Despite allowing three solo home runs, Norfolk starting pitcher Chris Tillman (7-4) picked up the win. He struck out seven batters and issued two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Every Tides player in the lineup had at least one hit in the win.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 6, Erie SeaWolves 5 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Felix Pie was 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in his latest rehab assignment as the Baysox edged Erie, 6-5, at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie third baseman Ryan Adams was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Guzman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Baysox starting pitcher Chorye Spoone was charged with five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, while relief pitcher Jim Hoey (2-0) tossed a scoreless frame for the victory.

Center fielder Danny Figueroa added three walks, an RBI and two stolen bases for Bowie.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Frederick Keys 2 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Billy Rowell was 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in the Keys' 3-2 loss to Wilmington at Harry Grove Stadium.

However, he also made two fielding errors. Rowell has 19 defensive miscues this season.

Frederick right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and first baseman Joe Mahoney also added an RBI in the defeat.

Keys starting pitcher Oliver Drake (2-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out seven batters and issued three walks.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, West Virginia Power 3 (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Justin Dalles hit a two-run home run for the Shorebirds as they topped West Virginia, 4-3.

Mooney and center fielder Michael Planeta each added two hits, while shortstop Garabez Rosa contributed an RBI.

Rosa also committed his 26th error of the season.

Shorebirds relief pitcher Thomas Phelps earned the victory despite suffering a blown save. He allowed one run and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Starting pitcher Bobby Bundy gave up two runs and two hits in six innings for the Shorebirds. He collected three strikeouts and walked three batters.

With two runners on base, relief pitcher James Brandhorst recorded the final out to pick up his third save of the season for Delmarva.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Staten Island Yankees 10, Aberdeen IronBirds 8 (Box score)

Recap: Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up three hits in 1 1/3 innings as the IronBirds fell, 10-8, to Staten Island at Ripken Stadium.

Aberdeen designated hitter Mike Flacco was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and left fielder Kipp Schutz was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Schutz is batting .389 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 10 games this season.

IronBirds right fielder Austin Knight was 2-for-4 with a double, and shortstop Michael Rooney collected two hits and two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Blake Mechaw gave up three runs and five hits in three innings for Aberdeen, while relief pitcher Jason Gurka (0-1) was charged with four runs, two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Bluefield Orioles 5, Burlington Royals 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Angel Cespedes (2-0) held Burlington to one unearned run and three hits in eight innings as Bluefield picked up a 5-1 win.

Orioles right fielder Luis Ramirez was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, and center fielder Brenden Webb was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.

Bluefield left fielder Christopher Clinton contributed two hits, an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored, while first baseman Corey Thomas was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Orioles 5, GCL Twins 1 (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Rolando Petit hit a solo home run with two outs in the sixth inning to lead the GCL Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the GCL Twins.

Orioles designated hitter Marcus Jones contributed a pair of doubles and an RBI, while center fielder Martin Serrata was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.

Starting pitcher Enrico Jimenez tossed four scoreless innings for the Orioles, and relief pitcher Douglas Ferguson (1-0) blanked the Twins for 1 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

Orioles relief pitcher Jose Mota scattered four hits in the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out two batters.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 9:22 PM | | Comments (3)


How is our #1 pick from last year doing? I haven't read about him on here all season.

RESPONSE FROM DEAN: Kevin, I've written about him when he starts. Here is a link to his stats page. He is currently missing some time due to tendinitis in his shoulder, but should be back in a week or so.

Kevin, the key to Matt Hobgood's stats is to look at other high school picks at this point. Hobgood is a full year ahead of where Adam Loewen was at this stage of his career, and Loewen played a year of JUCO ball. Dean, I do have a question about Tyler Kolodny. He started strong, and it still holding his own, why did he get moved down to Aberdeen?

RESPONSE FROM DEAN: He hit a cold patch at the end of his time at Delmarva, and I've heard rumblings about some off-the-field issues. Not sure how serious or anything, but I think the Aberdeen ticket might be a message.

I was at the Norfolk-Charlotte game last night to watch JB hit his 2 homeruns including his grand slammer.

The Tides 7 runs 7th inning was the largest amount of runs scored in one inning that I've seen since Bowie's 10 runs in the T of 9th inning at Binghamton in June 2007 the night prior to Cal's Hall of Fame Induction. The Baysox were down 7-1 before their 10 runs eruption.

Every player in the Tides starting line-up had a hit or scored a run. The 8 and 9 batters hit 1/2 of Norfolk's homeruns and accounted for 4 of the Tides 12 runs.

Charlotte's Bret Morel hit 2 solo homeruns for the Knights.

This was my first game that I saw players from BOTH teams hit multiple homeruns.

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