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August 26, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- Aug. 26

Double-A Bowie players Joel Guzman and Ryan Adams were selected as Eastern League postseason All-Stars, the team announced in a news release.

Also, Single-A Delmarva outfielder Kieron Pope was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 24. Infielder Tyler Stampone was activated from the disabled list to take Pope's roster spot.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights 6 (Box score)

Recap: The Tides trailed by six runs after two innings, but they rallied for a 7-6 victory over Charlotte.

Norfolk catcher Adam Donachie hit a two-run home run to grab the lead in the top of the eighth, while third baseman Blake Davis was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.

Tides starting pitcher Chris Tillman allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, while relief pitcher Frank Mata (4-3) tossed two scoreless frames for the win.

Designated hitter Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Norfolk, and closer Dennis Sarfate earned his 17th save of the season.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 8, New Britain Rock Cats 6 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Joel Guzman was 2-for-3 with his 30th home run of the season and four RBIs as the Baysox won, 8-6, over New Britain.

Bowie starting pitcher Steve Johnson was charged with four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, while relief pitcher Wynn Pelzer (1-0) picked up the victory despite giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Baysox left fielder Tyler Henson was 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored, and first baseman Joe Mahoney added two hits, including a double, and a stolen base.

Second baseman Ryan Adams contributed a single, an RBI and a run scored for Bowie, and relief pitcher Jose Diaz earned his first save since being promoted to Double-A.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Kinston Indians 9, Frederick Keys 5 (Box score)

Recap: Relief pitcher Nathan Nery (5-8) allowed five runs and six hits in two innings as the Keys squandered a late lead in a 9-5 loss to Kinston.

Frederick first baseman Tyler Townsend was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while third baseman Miguel Abreu and left fielder Bobby Stevens each added two hits.

Keys starting pitcher Luis Noel gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits in five innings. Noel struck out four batters and issued two walks.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 11, Hagerstown Suns 6 (Box score)

Recap: Despite committing four errors, the Shorebirds scored seven runs in the fifth inning and held on for an 11-6 victory on the road against Hagerstown.

Delmarva designated hitter Omar Casamayor was 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored, while catcher Austin Rauch added a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Shorebirds shortstop Garabez Rosa contributed two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, while second baseman Gary Helmick was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Starting pitcher Nicholas Haughian (6-3) held the Suns to two unearned runs and six hits in six innings to pick up the win for Delmarva. He collected five strikeouts.

Third baseman Tyler Kelly collected two hits, an RBI and three runs scored for Delmarva.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 3, 10 innings (Box score)

Recap: Closer Steven Mazur (1-1) allowed two solo home runs -- one in the ninth and one in the 10th -- as the IronBirds suffered a 4-3 loss in extra innings to Brooklyn.

Aberdeen shortstop Michael Rooney was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while center fielder Austin Knight added a sacrifice fly in the defeat.

IronBirds starting pitcher Scott Copeland gave up one run and three hits in six innings, and relief pitcher Dan Klein struck out two batters in a perfect inning out of the bullpen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Bluefield Orioles 7, Bristol White Sox 1 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Brenden Webb contributed two RBIs in the Orioles' 7-1 victory against Bristol.

Bluefield right fielder Luis Ramirez collected a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while left fielder Kyle Hoppy and second baseman Moises Ciriaco each scored twice.

Orioles starting pitcher Jacob Petitt (3-5) held the White Sox to one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out eight hitters, issued one walk and hit one batter.

Relief pitcher Chris Petrini tossed three hitless innings for his first save since joining Bluefield.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Twins 4, GCL Orioles 3 (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Mychal Givens was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the GCL Orioles were edged, 4-3, by the GCL Twins.

Orioles first baseman Preston Hale was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while center fielder Grolmann Gonzalez added two hits, including a double, and a run scored.

Starting pitcher Luiyi Batista gave up two runs (one earned) and four hits in five innings for the Orioles, while relief pitcher Enrico Jimenez (2-2) allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.

Jimenez, a 21-year-old left-hander, struck out eight batters. He has 72 strikeouts in 57 innings this season.

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