It's a busy night in the minor leagues for the Orioles' affiliates.
The Norfolk Tides look to rebound from two consecutive losses to the Toledo Mud Hens. The Aberdeen IronBirds return to action at Ripken Stadium.
The Bowie Baysox and Delmarva Shorebirds hope to continue their winning streaks and the Frederick Keys are hoping to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.
Toledo Mud Hens
Norfolk: Felix Romero (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
Toledo: Yorman Bazardo (4-10, 6.61 ERA)
* Romero was promoted to Norfolk today from Bowie and he'll be making his first start of the season in tonight's game. He made four relief appearances earlier this year for the Tides. In 38 games at Bowie, Romero was 8-3 with one save and a 2.84 ERA.
* Oscar Salazar reached base safely in all five plate appearances last night. The infielder leads the International League in extra-base hits (58) and doubles (42). He is also tied for third in the league with 82 RBIs.
* The Tides are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since July 12-17. They currently trail the Durham Bulls by 6 1/2 games in the South Division.
Bowie: Zach Clark (2-1, 2.93 ERA)
Reading: Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 3.57 ERA)
* Clark pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings in his previous start against the Binghamton Mets, allowing only four hits and a walk. He has jumped around the Orioles' farm system this season, making stops at Delmarva, Norfolk and Frederick before settling in at Bowie. Clark has allowed 14 earned runs in 43 innings pitched (seven starts) for the Baysox.
* Steve Torrealba hit two home runs in last night's game against Reading. He hasn't been receiving regular playing time since prospect Matt Wieters was promoted to the Baysox, but Torrealba is doing well when he's in the lineup. He also had two home runs against Binghamton on Aug. 6. He is hitting .308 (16-for-52) with three doubles, six home runs and 14 RBIs in his past 14 games.
* Tonight's game against Reading is the final meeting between the two teams this season. The Baysox are 11-4 against the Phillies so far in 2008. After the game, Bowie heads to Binghamton for a three-game series beginning tomorrow night. The Baysox currently lead the Akron Aeros by three games in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
Frederick: Brandon Erbe (9-12, 4.71 ERA)
Lynchburg: Brad Lincoln (1-4, 5.52 ERA)
* Erbe has allowed 21 home runs this season, which is the most in the Carolina League. He also has the most strikeouts (136) and innings pitched (137 2/3) in the league.
* After dropping the first two games of the series against Lynchburg, Frederick's postseason hopes are fading. The Keys trail the Wilmington Blue Rocks by four games for the final playoff berth in the Carolina League.
* Frederick starting pitchers had lasted at least six innings in four of the previous five starts before last night's 11-5 loss to Lynchburg. Keys starter Jake Renshaw only lasted 4 1/3 innings in the game.
Delmarva: Luis Noel (10-7, 3.90 ERA)
Hagerstown: Bradley Meyers (8-6, 4.27 ERA)
* The Shorebirds are looking for their seventh consecutive victory, which would be a season high. They are 8-1 in Hagerstown so far in 2008.
* Noel is 1-2 with a 5.56 ERA in six starts against Hagerstown this season. He pitched six shutout innings in his last start against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Aberdeen: Rick Zagone (5-1, 3.70 ERA)
Tri-City: David Duncan (3-4, 4.78 ERA)
* In his last outing, Zagone established a career high with 11 strikeouts. He allowed one run and two hits in six innings pitched to earn his fifth victory of the season.
* Aberdeen is currently in last place in the McNamara Division of the New York-Penn League, nine games behind the first-place Staten Island Yankees.
* The IronBirds have committed at least one error in six consecutive games and nine of their past ten.
* Third baseman Tyler Kolodny has five home runs in his past 12 games. He recently tied the franchise's single-season record with his ninth home run in 2008.