The Triple-A Norfolk Tides and Single-A Frederick Keys are scheduled for one game tonight, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds each will play a doubleheader.
For the next few nights, I'll be working a different shift with the sports producer gig for The Baltimore Sun. Therefore, the game recaps likely won't be posted until the early morning hours on Thursday. Thanks in advance for your patience.
As I mentioned last night, Keys center fielder Matt Angle and second baseman Matthew Tucker both left the first game of the doubleheader against the Winston-Salem Dash.
Angle was hit in the back of the head on a pickoff attempt in the first inning, and the Keys said he apparently suffered a concussion. He's hoping to return to the lineup soon, but it could take a week or more. Remember, this is a very similar injury to what happened to Orioles utility player Ryan Freel last month.
Tucker was injured when he collided with Winston-Salem catcher Mike Grace later in the game. There has been no word on his condition, but I'll happily pass along anything that I hear.
Keys second baseman Ryan Adams has been running on the field lately, according to the team, and he should be close to returning.
Also, the Shorebirds placed catcher Dashenko Ricardo on the disabled list with an injured finger and added catcher Dustin Black from extended spring training. Ricardo is hitting .133 with two RBIs in six games for Delmarva this season. The 19-year-old catcher was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on April 30.
Columbus Clippers (7:15 p.m.)
Norfolk: Chris Tillman (2-0, 2.37 ERA)
Columbus: David Huff (4-0, 3.21 ERA)
* Tillman earned the victory in each of his past two starts. The 21-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and four hits in five innings during his last start against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on May 1. Tillman struck out six batters and issued two walks in the Tides' 14-7 win. He also collected six strikeouts in six innings during Norfolk's 8-2 victory over the Durham Bulls on April 24.
* In four of his five starts so far this season, Huff has been the winning pitcher. The 24-year-old left-hander scattered four hits in six scoreless innings against Durham on May 1. Huff struck out four hitters and issued two walks in the Clippers' 14-1 victory.
Doubleheader vs. Trenton Thunder (5:05 p.m.)
Game 1: Probable pitchers
Bowie: Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.00 ERA)
Trenton: Ivan Nova (2-1, 2.41 ERA)
Game 2: Probable pitchers
Bowie: Troy Patton (2-0, 1.21 ERA)
Trenton: Ryan Pope (1-1, 4.03 ERA)
* Arrieta tossed six scoreless innings against the Reading Phillies in his last start on April 26. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two hits and struck out six batters in Bowie's 8-0 victory. Arrieta collected 22 strikeouts and issued eight walks in 18 innings during four starts for the Baysox in April.
* Nova will make his fourth start of the season for the Thunder in the first game. The 22-year-old right-hander suffered the loss in his last appearance against the Connecticut Defenders on April 30. Nova allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
* In his last start, Patton gave up two runs and six hits in six innings against the Erie SeaWolves on April 28. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out five hitters and issued one walk in the game. Overall, Patton allowed four runs (three earned) and 14 hits in 22 1/3 innings during four starts in April. Opponents are hitting .175 against Patton this season.
* In the nightcap, Trenton will send Pope to the mound. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in five innings during his last start against the New Britain Rock Cats on May 1. Pope has given up 10 runs and 20 hits in 22 1/3 innings during four starts so far this season for the Thunder.
* With back-to-back losses to the Akron Aeros -- before three consecutive rainouts -- the Baysox dropped to 9-12 this season. Bowie is in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division, trailing Akron (18-4) by 8 1/2 games. Trenton is in fifth place in the Northern Division with a 10-11 record, trailing the division-leading New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-9) by three games.
Winston-Salem Dash (7 p.m.)
Frederick: Tim Bascom (2-2, 3.54 ERA)
Winston-Salem: Daniel Hudson (1-2, 1.23 ERA with the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators in 2009)
* It has been a pretty good start to the 2009 season for Bascom with the Keys. The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five appearances (four starts). Although Bascom allowed 11 runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Potomac Nationals on April 23, only two of the runs were earned. He rebounded nicely in his last start, picking up the victory after giving up two runs and seven hits in six innings against the Dash on April 28.
* Hudson is scheduled to make his debut with Winston-Salem after starting the season with the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators. The 22-year-old right-hander was 1-2 in four starts for Kannapolis, but he only gave up five runs (three earned) in 22 innings. In his final start for the Intimidators on April 30 against Lake County, Hudson struck out 13 hitters in seven scoreless innings.
* Frederick is currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 9-16 record, the Keys are in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division. They trail the division-leading Lynchburg Hillcats by six games. Winston-Salem (13-12) is in second place in the Southern Division. The Salem Red Sox (15-11) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dash.
Doubleheader vs. West Virginia Power (5:35 p.m.)
Game 1: Probable pitchers
Delmarva: Cole McCurry (1-0, 1.25 ERA)
West Virginia: Gabriel Alvarado (1-2, 7.27 ERA)
Game 2: Probable pitchers
Delmarva: Colin Allen (0-1, 1.00 ERA)
West Virginia: Maurice Bankston (0-2, 4.58 ERA)
* In four starts last month, McCurry only allowed three runs. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up 19 hits and collected 22 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings for the Shorebirds in April. In his last start, McCurry picked up his first victory after allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 29. He struck out four batters and didn't walk anyone in the outing.
* Alvarado started four games for the Power last month, but he only pitched well in one. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out seven batters and only allowed one run in five innings during the first half of a doubleheader against the Lexington Legends on April 17. Alvarado gave up seven runs (six earned) and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in his last start against Greensboro on April 28.
* Allen started 11 games for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles last season, but he has been used exclusively out of the bullpen in 2009 with the Shorebirds. The 22-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 1.00 ERA in five appearances for Delmarva this year, and he is scheduled to make his first start in the nightcap. Allen gave up one hit in one scoreless inning against Greensboro on April 30. He struck out one batter and issued one walk in the outing.
* In his last start, Bankston allowed one run and three hits in five innings. The 21-year-old right-hander collected four strikeouts and walked two batters in West Virginia's 7-2 loss. Overall, Bankston gave up 10 runs and 18 hits in 19 2/3 innings during four starts in April.
* Despite two consecutive losses, the Shorebirds are in third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 12-9 record. Greensboro and Kannapolis are tied for first place in the division (14-10), while West Virginia is in last place with a 6-17 record.