Today's game recaps -- May 21

All four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system played in close games on Thursday, and there were mixed results.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides lost to the Rochester Red Wings in extra innings, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox were shut down by the Altoona Curve.


The Single-A Frederick Keys beat the Lynchburg Hillcats, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds edged the Hickory Crawdads.

The Keys will make up the suspended game from this past Sunday against the Kinston Indians as part of a doubleheader on Friday night. The two teams will play two games beginning at 5 p.m. in Frederick.


Prior to tonight's game, the Baysox added Brandon Pinckney to their roster. The 27-year-old infielder was 1-for-3 in Bowie's loss to Altoona. Pinckney batted .280 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 90 games for the Akron Aeros last season.

Speaking of the Aeros, starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez threw the first perfect game in the minor leagues in almost two seasons on Thursday.

The 21-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.31 after his fourth start for Akron since being promoted from Kinston in late April. Gomez is 4-0, and he has 26 strikeouts and only one walk in 29 innings for the Aeros.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Rochester Red Wings 5, Norfolk Tides 4, 12 innings (Box score)

Recap: Catcher Matt Wieters was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs, but the Tides' eight-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-4 loss to Rochester in 12 innings.

Designated hitter Robby Hammock and second baseman Justin Turner each added two hits for Norfolk. Turner is batting .424 (14-for-33) with one home run and five RBIs in his past 10 games. After getting off to a slow start for the Tides, he is now hitting .290 in 32 games this season.

Tides starting pitcher Jason Berken struck out seven batters in six innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and five hits. He threw 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes in the game.

Relief pitcher Ross Wolf (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs and three hits in two innings for Norfolk.

Center fielder Joey Gathright had a triple and a run scored for the Tides.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Altoona Curve 2, Bowie Baysox 0 (Box score)

Recap: Altoona starting pitcher Brad Lincoln (1-3) only gave up two hits in a 2-0 shutout over the Baysox.

The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four batters and issued two walks in nine innings. Thanks to three double plays, he faced only one batter over the minimum.

John Mariotti (0-2) pitched much better than his previous two starts for the Baysox, but it wasn't enough for a win against the Curve. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He collected four strikeouts and walked four batters.

Pinckney and right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion had Bowie's only two hits, while first baseman Brandon Snyder was 0-for-3. After going 0-for-4 in Wednesday's game against Altoona, Snyder was held hitless in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 2 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Bobby Stevens was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and the Keys grabbed a 3-2 victory over the Hillcats at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick starting pitcher Pedro Beato (2-3) earned the win after allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. The 22-year-old right-hander collected two strikeouts and walked two batters. Beato retired the first 10 batters he faced in order.

Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Keys, and right fielder Billy Rowell also added a double and a run scored. Frederick catcher Caleb Joseph had an RBI triple and a run scored.

Relief pitchers Cliff Flagello, Brett Bordes and Luis Lebron each tossed a scoreless inning for the Keys. Lebron picked up his seventh save of the season after striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 1, Hickory Crawdads 0 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Rick Zagone (4-3) struck out 10 batters in six innings, and the Shorebirds held off Hickory, 1-0. The 22-year-old left-hander gave up two hits and issued three walks.

Delmarva third baseman Tyler Kolodny drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. Designated hiter Elvin Polanco and right fielder Ronnie Welty each added two hits for the Shorebirds.

Relief pitcher Joe Esposito tossed two scoreless innings for Delmarva, and closer Brandon Cooney earned his sixth save of the season after pitching the ninth.

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