Three of the five affiliates wrapped up their seasons today. The Norfolk Tides finished the season with a 64-78 record after losing to the Richmond Braves. The Frederick Keys lost to the Winston-Salem Warthogs. They finished the second half with a 29-40 record and were 63-76 overall.
The Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Lakewood BlueClaws for their 24th one-run victory of the season. They finished 40-30 during the second half. The Shorebirds were 78-61 overall, which was the most wins for the team since 1998 (81 wins).
The Bowie Baysox lost the final game of the regular season to the Harrisburg Senators, but they'll begin the playoffs on Wednesday. The Aberdeen IronBirds lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones and will play their final home game of the season tomorrow night.
Score: Richmond Braves 9, Norfolk Tides 3
Recap: In his first start for the Tides, Alfredo Simon (0-1) surrendered seven runs (three earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings during the 9-3 loss to Richmond in the final game of the season. He had five strikeouts and two walks in the game.
Right fielder Chris Roberson had a double and two RBIs for Norfolk. Designated hitter Jeff Fiorentino was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Brandon Fahey and second baseman Freddie Bynum also had two hits each for the Tides.
Score: Harrisburg Senators 13, Bowie Baysox 7
Recap: Right fielder Nolan Reimold hit his 25th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough for the Baysox to win. Starting pitcher Zach Clark was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in the 13-7 loss to Harrisburg. The Senators hit four home runs in the game, including two by shortstop Ian Desmond.
Second baseman Carlos Rojas was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Baysox. Catcher Matt Wieters was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI single. Shortstop Blake Davis was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Although they lost in the final game of the regular season, the Baysox tied a franchise record by winning 84 games in 2008. Bowie begins the Eastern League playoffs on Wednesday night against the Akron Aeros at Prince George's Stadium.
Score: Winston-Salem Warthogs 6, Frederick Keys 4
Recap: Keys relief pitcher Ryan Rodriguez (5-3) gave up a two-run home run to Winston-Salem first baseman Brett Bonvechio in the ninth inning, which allowed the Warthogs to beat the Keys, 6-4, at Harry Grove Stadium in the final game of the season. The Warthogs had 16 hits in the game, including three by Bonvechio.
Second baseman Miguel Abreu was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Keys in the loss. First baseman Chris Vinyard was 3-for-4 with a double. Brandon Snyder was 1-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly. He finished the season with a .315 batting average, 33 doubles, 13 home runs and 80 RBIs in 116 games.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Lakewood BlueClaws 1
Recap: Starting pitcher Nathan Nery (7-3) gave up one unearned run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings and the Shorebirds beat Lakewood, 2-1. Third baseman Jedidiah Stephen was 1-for-3 with a run scored for Delmarva. It was his first hit in 25 at-bats since being called up from Aberdeen on Aug. 22.
Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored for the Shorebirds. First baseman Anthony Martinez was 2-for-4 and center fielder Joe Nowicki had an RBI single. Shorebirds reliever Hank Williamson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his second save.
Score: Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Aberdeen IronBirds 2
Recap: Starting pitcher Pat Egan allowed five runs (one earned) and six hits in six innings and the IronBirds lost to Brooklyn, 5-2, at Ripken Stadium. Designated hitter Greg Miclat was 2-for-3 and left fielder Kraig Binick had a triple and a sacrifice fly for the IronBirds.
Orioles relievers Chris Ray and Matt Albers each pitched an inning of rehab for the IronBirds tonight. Ray gave up a single and had one strikeout in one scoreless inning. Albers had two strikeouts and walked one in an inning of work.