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July 27, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- July 27

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 4, Norfolk Tides 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Zach Britton allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings as the Tides fell, 4-2, on the road against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Britton struck out three batters and issued three walks, throwing 57 of his 100 pitches for strikes. He also threw two wild pitches in the outing.

Norfolk shortstop Robert Andino and third baseman Josh Bell each hit their 12th home run of the season, while right fielder Rhyne Hughes added two hits.

Relief pitcher Cla Meredith (1-1) suffered the loss for the Tides after giving up two runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings. He collected two strikeouts and walked one hitter.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Akron Aeros 4, Bowie Baysox 0 (Box score)

Recap: In a major league rehab start, Indians starting pitcher Anthony Reyes held the Baysox to one hit in three innings as Akron cruised to a 4-0 victory.

Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson collected two of the team's five hits, including a double, while designated hitter L.J. Hoes was 0-for-4 in his second Double-A appearance.

Baysox starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-3) recovered from a four-run first inning to toss seven frames in the loss. He struck out one batter and allowed seven hits.

First baseman Joe Mahoney was 0-for-3 with a walk for Bowie.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Frederick Keys 3 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Billy Rowell was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the Keys' 9-3 loss to Lynchburg at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick first baseman Buck Britton was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while left fielder Xavier Avery added two hits and a run scored.

Keys starting pitcher Ryan Berry (2-2) was charged with eight runs (seven earned) and nine hits in four-plus innings. He collected two strikeouts, issued two walks and hit two batters.

Infielder Bobby Stevens tossed a scoreless frame in relief for Frederick. He allowed one hit, issued one walk and struck out two batters.

First baseman Tyler Townsend was a late scratch, according to the Keys, after tweaking his hamstring while stretching before the game. No word on the severity at this time.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Lakewood BlueClaws 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Tyler Kelly was 2-for-3, but the Shorebirds were blanked, 9-0, by Lakewood at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Delmarva starting pitcher Kenny Moreland (6-4) allowed five runs (three earned) and 10 hits in six innings, while relief pitcher Nicholas Haughian was charged with four runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Shortstop Garabez Rosa was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and his 33rd error of the season for the Shorebirds. In 45 games since June 1, Rosa is batting .192 with one home run and 13 RBIs.

Shorebirds center fielder Steve Bumbry was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the loss.

While he is batting a respectable .272 with three home runs, 23 doubles and 31 RBIs this season, Bumbry is second in the South Atlantic League with 120 strikeouts.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Pulaski Mariners 9, Bluefield Orioles 1 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Joe Velleggia, a Calvert Hall graduate, hit his first professional home run in the bottom of the ninth to help the Orioles avoid a shutout in a 9-1 loss to Pulaski at Bowen Field.

Bluefield shortstop Jonathan Schoop, an 18-year-old infielder from Curacao, hit a double. However, he also committed his eighth error in 10 games since being called up from the GCL Orioles.

Orioles starting pitcher Jacob Petitt (2-3) was charged with six runs (three earned) and nine hits in five-plus innings. He struck out 11 batters and didn't walk anyone.

Infielder Javier Santana tossed a scoreless frame in relief for Bluefield.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Orioles 5, GCL Twins 3 (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Xavier Lopez was 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored as the GCL Orioles won, 5-3, over the GCL Twins.

Orioles third baseman Michael Mosby was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while first baseman Preston Hale added a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Relief pitcher Cory Ast (1-0) tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his first professional victory for the Orioles, while closer Jose Mota earned his fourth save of the season.

In 21 innings this year, Mota has only allowed 10 hits and no runs.

Orioles starting pitcher Enrico Jimenez gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters and issued two walks.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:21 PM | | Comments (4)


May I ask why Lugo is still on this team and Andino remains in the minors? He did an good job filling in last year and seems to have added offense to his game this year. I think they should bring him up as he may be an actual part of this teams future, if anything at least as a solid bench guy.

I went to the Keys game last night. There were more fans than at a O's game.

Unless they plan to start Andino over Izturis (not likely when young pitchers need all the defense they can get) leaving him in Norfolk to get 4 AB each night seems better to me. Next year, Andino will be an Oriole. Until then, keep working on the stroke and he might step in to the SS spot next year.

That homerun prospect Josh Bell is tied with Robert Andino at 12 homers each tells me that MacPhail got nothing in return for an all star closer.

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