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July 6, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- July 6

Today's contest between the Rookie-level GCL Orioles and GCL Red Sox was postponed, while the Single-A Frederick Keys were idle.

After tossing a no-hitter in his Carolina League debut last week, Frederick starting pitcher Nathan Moreau was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Week.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Gwinnett Braves 9, Norfolk Tides 4 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Matt Angle was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI in the Tides' 9-4 defeat on the road against Gwinnett.

Norfolk starting pitcher Zach Britton (0-1) was charged with four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four batters and issued two walks.

Tides right fielder Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while shortstop Robert Andino hit his 22nd double of the season.

Andino, however, also committed his 17th error of the year for Norfolk.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 8, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Caleb Joseph was 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run, but the Baysox suffered an 8-3 loss on the road against Erie.

Bowie starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka (4-9) was touched up for seven runs and seven hits, including two home runs, in six innings. Tanaka surrendered a grand slam to SeaWolves left fielder Deik Scram in the fourth inning.

Baysox left fielder Tyler Henson was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while shortstop Carlos Rojas and third baseman Brandon Waring each added a double.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Hickory Crawdads 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Luis Noel (4-2) struck out 10 batters in eight innings as the Shorebirds topped Hickory, 3-1, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Noel allowed one run and five hits while winning his fourth consecutive decision for Delmarva.

Shorebirds left fielder Kieron Pope hit a two-run home run -- his fifth of the season -- in the fourth, while first baseman Tyler Townsend was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Relief pitcher Josh Dowdy recorded the final three outs for his 13th save of the season for the Shorebirds. He collected two strikeouts and allowed one hit.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Lowell Spinners 2 (Box score)

Recap: Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez tossed a perfect inning during his latest injury rehab assignment as the IronBirds beat Lowell, 6-2, at Ripken Stadium.

Gonzalez struck out one batter in the outing. I'm told his fastball was in the low 90s, for what it's worth, but I wasn't actually in attendance so I don't know how accurate the radar gun was.

Aberdeen starting pitcher Justin Anderson (2-1) threw five scoreless innings to earn his second victory of the season. Anderson collected four strikeouts, issued two walks and hit one batter.

IronBirds first baseman David Anderson hit a solo home run, while third baseman Adam Gaylord and catcher Joe Oliveira each collected two hits.

Designated hitter Mike Flacco added an RBI triple for Aberdeen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Princeton Rays 4, Bluefield Orioles 3 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Brad Decater was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored, but the Orioles were edged, 4-3, by Princeton.

Bluefield first baseman Corey Thomas was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base, while left fielder Kyle Hoppy and center fielder Jeremy Shelby each added two singles.

Orioles starting pitcher David Baker only allowed one hit in five innings, but he didn't factor in the decision as the bullpen relinquished a late lead. Baker struck out eight batters and issued three walks.

Relief pitcher Dustin Carder was charged with three runs (two earned), two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning for the Orioles. He suffered the loss.

Catcher Michael Ohlman added an RBI double for Bluefield.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 10:21 PM | | Comments (2)


Geez, if Gonzalez continues to pitch like he did yesterday, he might have a shot at being chosen to play in the New York - Penn League all-star game.

I don't care what these imbeciles say I will be very glad for Gonzalez to get back to the orioles.. We can always use another lefty and I believe in a players track record and the kind of SO/ERA he has always had he will help us tremendously more than Mata or Albers.. I still hope he is healthy and pitches a long time for us when he gets back..

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