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July 7, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- July 7

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds were idle, while the matchup between the Rookie-level GCL Orioles and GCL Twins was postponed in Florida.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 10, Gwinnett Braves 2 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Nolan Reimold hit a two-run home run as the Tides scored six runs in the seventh inning for a 10-2 victory over Gwinnett.

Norfolk shortstop Robert Andino paced the offense with two hits and four RBIs, while left fielder Jonathan Tucker was 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.

Catcher Adam Donachie was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for the Tides, while center fielder Matt Angle contributed three hits, a stolen base and a run scored.

Tides starting pitcher Troy Patton (6-9) held the Braves to two runs and four hits in seven innings. Patton threw 61 of his 92 pitches for strikes in the win.

Every Tides player in the starting lineup collected at least one hit in the 17-hit attack.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 12, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Nathan Nery (0-4) was roughed up for 11 runs (nine earned) and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings as the Baysox were pounded, 12-3, by Erie.

In four Double-A starts, Nery has given up 30 runs (22 earned) and 43 hits in 19 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting .413 against the 24-year-old left-hander since his promotion to Bowie.

Baysox left fielder Tyler Henson provided the team's only offense with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth, but he also committed a fielding error in the game.

Bowie second baseman Ryan Adams also made two defensive miscues in the defeat, while center fielder Danny Figueroa committed one.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Potomac Nationals 7, Frederick Keys 4 (Box score)

Recap: Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs in the Keys' 7-4 loss to Potomac at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base, while center fielder Xavier Avery added two hits and an RBI.

Keys starting pitcher Cole McCurry (3-3) was charged with five runs, four hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. McCurry struck out three batters in the defeat.

Third baseman Billy Rowell was 1-for-4 with a double for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Hickory Crawdads 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Kenny Moreland shined again for the Shorebirds, but he didn't factor in the decision in the Shorebirds' 2-1 win over Hickory at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Moreland gave up one unearned run and five hits in seven innings for Delmarva. He was 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in June before struggling in his first start this month.

Shorebirds center fielder Steve Bumbry was 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI, while designated hitter Kieron Pope added an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.

Delmarva relief pitcher Thomas Phelps (2-0) tossed a scoreless inning to pick up the victory, while closer Josh Dowdy escaped a jam for his 14th save of the season.

Shortstop Garabez Rosa committed his 28th error of the season for Delmarva.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Johnson City Cardinals 5, Bluefield Orioles 4 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Corey Thomas helped the Orioles threaten with a solo home run in the ninth, but their rally fell short in a 5-4 loss to Johnson City at Bowen Field.

Bluefield shortstop Javier Santana also hit a solo shot in the defeat, while designated hitter Michael Ohlman was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Orioles starting pitcher Daurin Tavarez (0-3) was charged with five runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out three batters.

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