The Triple-A Norfolk Tides wrap up their series on the road against the Syracuse Chiefs, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox face the Erie SeaWolves in a doubleheader at Prince George's Stadium.
The Single-A Frederick Keys travel to play the Kinston Indians, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continue their series against the West Virginia Power.
at Syracuse Chiefs (7 p.m.)
Syracuse: Craig Stammen (4-1, 1.85 ERA)
* Rich Hill was listed as the starting pitcher for the Tides in tonight's game, but all signs seem to indicate that he will start Saturday for the Orioles against the Kansas City Royals. So, that leaves Norfolk without a starter against Syracuse. I haven't heard who they will start in Hill's place, but it could be Jason Berken, who is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.
* It has been a tremendous beginning of the season for Stammen. The 25-year-old right-hander earned the victory in four out of his past five starts after losing his first game on April 13. Stammen has allowed seven runs and 27 hits in 34 innings for the Chiefs in 2009. In his last start, Stammen gave up four hits in six scoreless innings against the Indianapolis Indians on May 10.
* After winning their past three games, the Tides continue to hold first place in the International League South Division with a 21-12 record. Norfolk is 1 1/2 games ahead of the Durham Bulls (20-14). Syracuse is in fourth place in the North Division with a 16-16 record. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (23-10) continue to lead the division, 6 1/2 games ahead of the Chiefs.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Erie SeaWolves (5:35 p.m.)
Game 1: Probable pitchers
Bowie: John Mariotti (0-0, 7.20 ERA)
Erie: Jonah Nickerson (1-2, 7:04 ERA)
Game 2: Probable pitchers
Bowie: Ryan Keefer (0-1, 7.43 ERA)
Erie: Ramon Garcia (1-0, 4.96 ERA)
* In his first start after being called up from Frederick, Mariotti gave up four runs and six hits in five innings against the SeaWolves on May 9. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out four batters and issued four walks in Bowie's 7-5 loss. Mariotti was 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven games (two starts) for the Keys before his promotion.
* For the most part, Nickerson struggled in his first six starts this season, and the Baysox played a big role. The 24-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his fourth start against Bowie tonight, and he has also faced the Altoona Curve three times. Nickerson hasn't pitched against any other teams so far this season. He is 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA in three starts against the Baysox.
* Keefer is expected to make his second spot start for the Baysox against Erie in the past week. The 27-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and five hits in three innings during Bowie's 6-5 loss to the SeaWolves. Overall, Keefer has given up 11 runs and 12 hits in 13 1/3 innings for the Baysox in 10 appearances in 2009.
* Garcia will also be filling in as a starter during the second game of the doubleheader. The 24-year-old left-hander earned his first save of the season after giving up one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Reading Phillies on May 11. Garcia has a 9.00 ERA in two appearances against the Baysox so far this season.
* The Baysox are 14-17 and in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division. Erie (21-11) is in second place in the division. The Akron Aeros (24-7) are in first place, leading the SeaWolves by 3 1/2 games and Bowie by 10 games.
at Kinston Indians (7 p.m.)
Frederick: Pedro Beato (1-3, 4.85 ERA)
Kinston: Jonathan Holt (1-1, 3.52 ERA)
* Beato allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings against the Wilmington Blue Rocks during his last start on May 9. The 22-year-old right-hander walked two batters and collected two strikeouts, but didn't factor in the decision during the Keys' 7-6 win. Beato's only victory so far this season was against the Potomac Nationals on April 26. He gave up four runs (three earned) and five hits in five innings during Frederick's 13-7 win.
* After 11 relief appearances for Kinston, it is expected that Holt will make his first start tonight against the Keys. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits in four innings against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans during his last game on May 9. Overall, Holt has given up 12 runs (nine earned) and 18 hits in 23 innings this season.
* The Keys remain in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division with a 15-19 record. Frederick is 6 1/2 games behind the division-leading Lynchburg Hillcats (21-12). Kinston (17-17) is in second place in the Southern Division. The Indians trail the Salem Red Sox (18-16) by one game in the division.
at West Virginia Power (7:05 p.m.)
Delmarva: Rick Zagone (3-2, 1.54 ERA)
West Virginia: Kyle McPherson (1-1, 7.71 ERA)
* Zagone leads the Shorebirds with 33 strikeouts in 35 innings so far this season, and he is second on the team with a 1.54 ERA -- trailing Cole McCurry (1.08). Zagone pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings after taking over in the completion of a suspended game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on May 9. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out eight batters and only allowed two hits in Delmarva's 8-0 victory.
* McPherson allowed five runs and four hits in one inning against the Shorebirds on May 6. The 21-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his second start of the season for West Virginia in tonight's game. He also has five relief appearances for the Power in 2009. McPherson gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Hagerstown Suns in the second game of a doubleheader on May 10.
* Despite three straight losses, the Shorebirds are still in first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 17-13 record. West Virginia (10-23) is in last place in the division, trailing Delmarva by 8 1/2 games in the division.