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August 31, 2010

Minor league game recaps -- Aug. 31

Right-handed pitchers Scott Copeland and Clayton Schrader were promoted from short-season Single-A Aberdeen to Single-A Delmarva, while right-hander Parker Bridwell and left-hander Aaron Wirsch were sent from the Rookie-level GCL Orioles to the IronBirds.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Gwinnett Braves 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chris Tillman (11-7) tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the Tides grabbed a 5-2 victory over Gwinnett at Harbor Park.

Tillman allowed five hits, struck out three batters and issued two walks.

Norfolk first baseman Brandon Snyder was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, while second baseman Paco Figueroa and center fielder Jeff Salazar each added an RBI.

Closer Dennis Sarfate struck out the side in the ninth for his 19th save of the season for Norfolk. He is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 44 games at Triple-A in 2010.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Altoona Curve 9, Bowie Baysox 1 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Joel Guzman was 3-for-4 with his 31st home run of the season and a double, but the Baysox were routed, 9-1, by Altoona at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie starting pitcher Steve Johnson (7-8) was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings. He collected five strikeouts, issued two walks and hit a batter.

Baysox shortstop Greg Miclat added two hits in the defeat.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Kinston Indians 9, Frederick Keys 2 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Tyler Townsend was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but he received no offensive help in the Keys' 9-2 loss to Kinston at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick third baseman Billy Rowell added the team's only other hit.

Keys starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea tossed three scoreless frames, while relief pitcher Nathan Nery (5-9) was charged with five runs (four earned) and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Matt Hobgood gave up one run and five hits in five innings as the Shorebirds fell, 5-2, to Kannapolis at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Hobgood struck out two batters, issued one walk and recorded 10 groundball outs.

Delmarva catcher Austin Rauch was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and second baseman Gary Helmick added a single and a double.

Relief pitcher Clayton Schrader (0-1), the Orioles' 10th-round selection in this year's draft, gave up three runs and three hits in one inning for Delmarva.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Connecticut Tigers 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 1, 11 innings (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Manny Machado hit an RBI double to break a scoreless tie in the top of the ninth, but the IronBirds couldn't hold the lead in a 2-1 loss to Connecticut in 11 innings.

Aberdeen starting pitcher Bruno Sanchez tossed six scoreless innings, while relief pitcher Alex Schmarzo (0-1) gave up an unearned run and one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Second baseman Mychal Givens added a single and a run scored for Aberdeen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Game 1 score: Princeton Rays 10, Bluefield Orioles 4 (Box score)

Game 1 recap: Shortstop Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run home run in the Orioles' 10-4 loss to Princeton in the first game of a doubleheader at Bowen Field.

Bluefield starting pitcher Eiris Ramirez (1-2) gave up four runs (three earned) and four hits in four-plus innings. He issued three walks, hit a batter and collected one strikeout.

Orioles first baseman Corey Thomas added a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while center fielder Brenden Webb walked twice and scored a run.

Game 2 score: Princeton Rays 5, Bluefield Orioles 0, 7 innings (Box score)

Game 2 recap: The Orioles committed six errors during a 5-0 loss to Princeton in the second game of the doubleheader at Bowen Field.

Bluefield starting pitcher Angel Cespedes (3-6) gave up four runs (one earned) and six hits in three innings. He struck out three batters and didn't walk anyone.

Orioles shortstop Javier Santana and center fielder Jeremy Shelby each hit a single as the team managed only two hits in the nightcap.

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