For the most part, it was a successful night for the Orioles' affiliates. Four of the five teams won. The Delmarva Shorebirds allowed 12 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and lost to the Hagerstown Suns, so it wasn't a clean sweep.

The Bowie Baysox moved within one game of clinching a playoff spot and the Norfolk Tides easily defeated the Toledo Mud Hens. A walk-off home run by one of the Orioles' top prospects led the Frederick Keys to an extra-inning victory and the Aberdeen IronBirds used strong pitching to win their first game after the New York-Penn League All-Star break.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1

Recap: Designated hitter Tike Redman hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to power the Tides to a 7-1 victory over the Mud Hens. Second baseman Eider Torres was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Oscar Salazar and Chris Roberson had two hits each. Seven different Norfolk players scored runs in the game.

Tides pitcher Craig Anderson (6-8) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Felix Romero to earn the victory. Romero started in place of Radhames Liz, who was scratched before tonight's game and is rumored to be a candidate to start this weekend for the Orioles.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 8, Reading Phillies 1

Recap: After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Baysox scored eight unanswered runs to cruise to the win, 8-1, over the Phillies. Catcher Matt Wieters was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Shortstop Blake Davis also had three hits for Bowie. Starting pitcher Zach Clark (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to earn the victory.

The Harrisburg Senators lost again tonight to the Trenton Thunder, which means Bowie's magic number for a playoff berth is down to one. The Baysox will clinch a spot in the postseason if they win one more game or Harrisburg loses one.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 1, 10 innings

Recap: Third baseman Billy Rowell hit a walk-off home run to center field with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Frederick a 2-1 victory. He was 2-for-4 in the game. Right fielder Brandon Tripp had an RBI single for the Keys, who had lost the past two games to Lynchburg.

Starting pitcher Brandon Erbe tossed six scoreless innings, but earned a no-decision after the Hillcats tied the game with an unearned run in the eighth inning. Erbe had six strikeouts and two walks in the game.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hagerstown Suns 13, Delmarva Shorebirds 9

Recap: Hagerstown scored 12 runs in the fifth inning and then withstood the Shorebirds' rally to claim the 13-9 victory tonight at Municipal Stadium. The Shorebirds answered with three runs in the sixth inning and added two in the ninth, but their seven-game winning streak was snapped when their rally fell short.

Still, there were plenty of offensive stars for the Shorebirds. Second baseman Ryan Adams was 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Designated hitter Wally Crancer also had three hits for Delmarva. Center fielder Matt Angle, first baseman Anthony Martinez and shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. all had two hits. Left fielder Robbie Widlansky was 1-for-5 in his debut with the Shorebirds.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Tri-City ValleyCats 0

Recap: In the first game following their three-day break for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, the IronBirds allowed only one hit in a 3-0 victory over the ValleyCats. Shortstop Ronald Ramirez, who has a .187 batting average in 36 games this season, smacked a one-out single to center field in the sixth inning for the ValleyCats' only hit.


IronBirds starting pitcher Rick Zagone (6-1) was impressive once again. He pitched six scoreless innings, striking out five and walking three. Shortstop Greg Miclat, who was promoted to Aberdeen before today's game, was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his debut.