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July 19, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- July 19

Single-A Delmarva placed infielder Mike Mooney on the disabled list today.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 4, Syracuse Chiefs 0 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Nolan Reimold hit a two-run home run and designated hitter Michael Aubrey added a solo shot as the Tides blanked Syracuse, 4-0, at Harbor Park.

Orioles relief pitcher Michael Gonzalez tossed a scoreless inning to start the game, while Norfolk's Chris George (5-4) turned in six shutout frames to earn the victory.

Tides right fielder Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-4 in the win.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 6, Binghamton Mets 2 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Ryan Adams was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double as the Baysox topped Binghamton, 6-2, at Prince George's Stadium.

As Jeff Zrebiec noted earlier, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in his first game with the Baysox.

Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson was 2-for-4 with an RBI before he was ejected from the game, while center fielder Danny Figueroa added an RBI.

Baysox starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa was charged with one run and two hits in four innings, while relief pitcher Raul Rivero (1-0) tossed two scoreless frames for the victory.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 3 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Xavier Avery was a triple shy of the cycle as the Keys grabbed a 6-3 victory on the road over Lynchburg.

Avery was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored.

Frederick right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while center fielder Kyle Hudson added two hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Keys starting pitcher Luis Noel (2-0) held the Hillcats to three runs (two earned) and seven hits while striking out eight batters in five innings.

Third baseman Billy Rowell was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and his 22nd error of the season for the Keys. He is batting .247 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 75 games this year.

Relief pitcher Josh Dowdy recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his first save since being promoted to the Keys from Delmarva.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Lowell Spinners 7 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Kipp Schutz hit a solo home run as the IronBirds scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take an 8-7 victory over Lowell.

Schutz contributed two RBIs in the win, while designated hitter Joel Polanco was 3-for-5 with a solo shot and two RBIs for the IronBirds.

Aberdeen center fielder Trent Mummey was a triple shy of the cycle. He was 3-for-6 with a home run to lead off the game and three runs scored.

IronBirds relief pitcher Blake Mechaw (1-0) recorded his first win of the season after recording the final two outs in the eighth, while relief pitcher T.R. Keating notched his first save of the year despite giving up a run in the ninth.

Starting pitcher Justin Anderson allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits in four innings for Aberdeen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Greenville Drive 7, Bluefield Orioles 6 (Box score)

Recap: Relief pitcher Andrew Huebner (0-1) was charged with two runs without recording an out in the ninth as the Orioles blew a late lead in a 7-6 loss to Greenville.

Bluefield shortstop Jonathan Schoop was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored, while third baseman Brad Decater and third baseman Dudley Leonora added two hits each.

Starting pitcher Daurin Tavarez gave up four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Orioles. He struck out five batters and issued two walks.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

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

Recap: Starting pitcher Orlando Alfonso (3-0) held the GCL Twins to one run and seven hits in five innings as the GCL Orioles picked up a 5-1 victory.

Orioles designated hitter Preston Hale was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while second baseman Pedro Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Left fielder Rojean Cleofa was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Orioles.

Posted by Dean Jones Jr. at 11:42 PM | | Comments (5)


With the horrible play of the parent club - these good Miner League reports are a breath of fresh air and much appreciated!! I have NOT seen Dennis Sarfarte's name mentioned in awhile and I thought he was doing well?! Can you tell us his status??

I bet Nolan Reimold will be the O's 1b next year !

Any word on negotiations with Manny Machado? I know he's a Boras guy but with Christian Colon agreeing to a $2.75M bonus (SS from Cal St Fullerton, was high on the O's list too), I can't imagine Machado being able to command too much more just for being 1 pick higher.

Jeff Z's reply: Nothing new on Machado and that doesn't surprise me. Joe Jordan said from the very beginning that this will go down to the very end.

I actually grimaced when I saw Billy Rowell's stats for the season (22 errors!). Just a shame to see the organization's top pick from, what is now more than, a few years ago still struggling in Single A ball.

Sarfate? He's in exile. If there is a guy who should be on the roster and up in Bal. it's him. 45K's in 34 innings, throwing 96-99, nah. This team is not about putting the best product on the field for the fan's and trying to compete. It's about who can fly back & forth like a yo-yo.

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