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Today¿s game recaps -- Aug. 31

The Norfolk Tides lost for the third straight time to the Richmond Braves earlier today. The Bowie Baysox defeated the Harrisburg Senators and a clutch home run lifted the Frederick Keys over the Winston-Salem Warthogs.

The Delmarva Shorebirds fell to the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Aberdeen IronBirds used a dominating pitching performance to beat the Staten Island Yankees.

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Norfolk, Frederick and Delmarva will all conclude their seasons tomorrow. Bowie will wrap up the regular season, but they'll begin the Eastern League playoffs on Wednesday. The IronBirds will play six more games in 2008.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Richmond Braves 2, Norfolk Tides 1

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Recap: Gary Knotts (2-7) pitched well in his first start since being acquired by the Tides earlier this month, but it wasn't enough for the victory as Norfolk lost to Richmond, 2-1. He allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

First baseman Chris Heintz was 2-for-3 with a solo home run for the Tides. Former Orioles closer Jorge Julio pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his 13th save of the season. In his past 11 innings, Julio has 18 strikeouts and he hasn't allowed an earned run for Richmond.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 7, Harrisburg Senators 3

Recap: Right fielder Nolan Reimold and catcher Matt Wieters both hit home runs to lead the Baysox to a 7-3 victory over Harrisburg. Reimold hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Wieters added a solo home run in the third. Wieters finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the game.

Shortstop Blake Davis had two RBIs and center fielder Mike Rodriguez scored two runs for Bowie. Starting pitcher Chris Tillman (11-4) earned the win after pitching five innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He had seven strikeouts and walked four.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 6, Winston-Salem Warthogs 4

Recap: Right fielder Brandon Tripp's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning powered the Keys to a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. Starting pitcher Kyle Schmidt allowed three runs and 12 hits in six innings, but he didn't factor in the decision.

Shortstop Jason White and first baseman Brandon Snyder smacked back-to-back singles to start the eighth. After designated hitter Chris Vinyard hit an RBI double, Tripp hit his 17th home run of the season to put the Keys ahead of the Warthogs.

Center fielder Chris Amador and catcher Brian Valichka had two hits each for the Keys. Valichka had two RBIs in the game.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Lakewood BlueClaws 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4

Recap: The BlueClaws scored two runs in the fifth inning against Shorebirds relief pitcher Andrew Schindling (1-1) to beat Delmarva, 5-4. Starting pitcher Luis Noel allowed three runs and four hits in four innings for the Shorebirds.

Designated hitter Paco Figueroa was 2-for-5 with a run scored and shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. had two hits and an RBI for Delmarva. Third baseman Tyler Henson, right fielder Wally Crancer and left fielder Robbie Widlansky all scored a run for the Shorebirds.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 5, Staten Island Yankees 1

Recap: IronBirds starting pitcher Rick Zagone (7-1) shined once again during Aberdeen's 5-1 victory over Staten Island. Zagone had 10 strikeouts and he only allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings.

Right fielder Jacob Julius was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the IronBirds. First baseman Paul Chmiel was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Relief pitcher Oliver Drake gave up one run and two hits in two innings.

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