Today's game recaps -- May 19

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Louisville Bats, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox blanked the Altoona Curve.

The Single-A Frederick Keys lost again to the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continued their slide with another loss to the Hickory Crawdads.


Prior to today's game, the Keys added outfielder Robbie Widlansky to their roster. In order to make room for him, the Orioles released designated hitter Chris Vinyard.

Widlansky batted .266 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 55 games while splitting time between the Shorebirds and short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds last season. Vinyard was hitting .208 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 34 games for the Keys in 2009.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 7, Louisville Bats 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chris Waters (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, and the Tides cruised to their eighth straight win, 7-2, over Louisville. The 28-year-old left-hander struck out four batters and issued one walk.

Norfolk center fielder Justin Christian, designated hitter Oscar Salazar and first baseman Steve Torrealba all hit a two-run home run in the game. Catcher Matt Wieters and second baseman Justin Turner were both 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Tides.

Relief pitchers Ross Wolf, Matt Albers and Bob McCrory each tossed a scoreless inning for Norfolk.

With their current winning streak, the Tides are now 26-12, which is the best record in the International League. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Durham Bulls (24-15) in the South Division. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (26-13) have the second-best record in the league.Bowie Baysox (AA)

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

Recap: First baseman Brandon Snyder smacked a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and that was all the Baysox needed to win, 2-0, against Altoona at Prince George's Stadium.

Snyder continues to lead the Eastern League with a .373 batting average, and he is tied for first in the league with 31 RBIs. The 22-year-old first baseman is also tied for third in the league with seven home runs, and he is tied for second in the league with 13 doubles.

Bowie starting pitcher Troy Patton (4-1) collected five strikeouts and gave up five hits in five scoreless innings to earn the victory. The 23-year-old left-hander threw 95 pitches in the start.

Left-hander Wilfrido Perez retired all six batters he faced to pick up his seventh save of the season for the Baysox.

Right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion was 1-for-3 with a double for Bowie, and designated hitter Guillermo Rodriguez added a single. Baysox left fielder Jonathan Tucker walked and scored on Snyder's home run.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Frederick Keys 1 (Box score)

Recap: The Keys scored one run in the first inning, but they didn't cross the plate again in a 2-1 loss to Lynchburg.

Frederick center fielder Matt Angle collected a leadoff walk, and he moved to third base on a double by left fielder David Cash. Third baseman Tyler Henson knocked Angle in with an RBI groundout, but that's all the Keys could manage.

Second baseman Rodolfo Cardona was 2-for-3 with a triple and a stolen base for Frederick, and right fielder Billy Rowell had a single.

Keys starting pitcher Tim Bascom (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings. Relief pitcher Andrew Barb tossed two scoreless innings for Frederick.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hickory Crawdads 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Oliver Drake allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, but the Shorebirds still suffered a 3-2 loss to Hickory. The 22-year-old right-hander collected three strikeouts and walked one batter.

Delmarva relief pitcher Colin Allen (0-3) suffered the loss after giving up one run and three hits in one inning.

Shorebirds first baseman Elvin Polanco was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and right fielder Ronnie Welty added two hits. Left fielder Kyle Hudson was 1-for-3 with two runs scored for Delmarva.

Also, the benches reportedly cleared in the bottom of the eighth inning after Welty threw out Crawdads right fielder Michael Bianucci at home plate. Bianucci attempted to knock the ball loose by colliding with Shorebirds catcher Dustin Black, and a small confrontation occurred.

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