After a bunch of tough losses in the minor leagues last night, the Orioles' affiliates will try to reverse their misfortunes today. The Norfolk Tides, Bowie Baysox, Delmarva Shorebirds and Aberdeen IronBirds all hope to rebound and collect victories today. The Frederick Keys hope to keep winning in order to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Norfolk: Andy Mitchell (12-7, 4.37 ERA)
Charlotte: Lance Broadway (11-7, 4.66 ERA)
* Mitchell is attempting to collect his 13th win of the season tonight, which would move him into a tie for second in the International League. If he wins, Mitchell will move into a tie for sixth place on the Tides' list of pitchers with the most wins in a single season.
* As I mentioned last night in the game recap, Tides infielder Oscar Salazar exited last night's game in the third inning. I was told by the team's media relations department that he left the game due to a cramp in his calf. It doesn't sound too serious, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he's back in the lineup tonight.
* Tike Redman continues to hit very well for the Tides. After going 2-for-4 in last night's game, Redman is now hitting .299 this season. The 31-year-old outfielder is 15-for-45 with a home run and four RBIs against Charlotte this season.
* The Tides are 31-18 since July 1, which is the third-best record in the International League over that span.
Bowie: David Hernandez (8-4, 2.58 ERA)
Binghamton: Jose Sanchez (13-6, 3.77 ERA)
* Hernandez has won his past three decisions, but he lasted only four innings in his last start against Reading on Aug. 19. The right-handed pitcher only allowed one run and four hits, but walked four batters to earn the no-decision.
* Sanchez has pitched well for the Mets in 2008. He has also won his past three decisions. In his last start, Sanchez tossed eight shutout innings against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Aug. 19.
* Today will be the final meeting between Bowie and Binghamton this season. The Mets have won five games, while the Baysox have only won three.
Frederick: Kyle Schmidt (4-4, 3.80 ERA)
Salem: Douglas Arguello (10-5, 3.37 ERA)
* Schmidt is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in five starts since re-joining Frederick's rotation. He has hit 15 batters so far this season, which is the most in the Carolina League.
* In the first two games of the series, there have been 26 runs and 44 hits. However, neither team has hit a home run.
* Frederick is 9-10 against Salem in 2008. The Keys trail the Wilmington Blue Rocks by five games. Each team has eight games remaining on their schedule.
Delmarva: Zach Britton (11-6, 3.06 ERA)
Hagerstown: Cole Kimball (5-8, 5.42 ERA)
* Britton makes his 26th start of the season today for the Shorebirds. The 20-year-old left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA against Hagerstown in 2008. He pitched six innings in his last start against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Aug. 18, allowing two runs and one hit. He had seven strikeouts and five walks in the game.
* Orioles relief pitcher Chris Ray is expected to continue his rehab from a shoulder injury by pitching one inning for the Shorebirds today.
* Today's game is the 22nd and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Shorebirds are 13-9 against Hagerstown so far in 2008. Each team has won two games in the current series.
Aberdeen: Aaron Odom (2-4, 4.45 ERA)
* Odom pitched well against the Lowell Spinners in his last start on Aug. 16. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed one run and six hits in five innings pitched. He had five strikeouts in the game.
* Shortstop Greg Miclat is 5-for-11 with two doubles and two runs scored in his first three games for Aberdeen.
* The IronBirds are 2-1 against Oneonta in 2008. They lost to the Tigers on July 29, but won the final two games of the series at Ripken Stadium.