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Today's game recaps -- May 8

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides lost to the Buffalo Bisons, who only had five wins before the matchup.

The Double-A Bowie Baysox lost by one run to the Erie SeaWolves, while the Single-A Frederick Keys wasted a fine pitching performance in their loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

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The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds brought some optimism to the Orioles' minor league system with a victory over the West Virginia Power.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Buffalo Bisons 4, Norfolk Tides 1 (Box score)

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Recap: Chris Waters pitched well for the Tides in a 4-1 loss to Buffalo.

The 28-year-old left-hander gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Waters threw 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes before leaving with the game tied, 1-1.

Norfolk relief pitcher Kam Mickolio (0-2) was charged with three runs and two hits in 2/3 of an innings. The 24-year-old relief pitcher walked two batters, and he also committed an error on a pickoff attempt. In six appearances this season, Mickolio is 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA.

As a team, the Tides collected only four hits. Left fielder Nolan Reimold was 1-for-4 with a strikeout for Norfolk, and catcher Matt Wieters was 0-for-3 with a walk.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 3 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Dave Krynzel was 3-for-4, but it wasn't enough as the Baysox suffered a 4-3 loss to Erie.

Bowie left fielder Jonathan Tucker was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. First baseman Brandon Snyder and catcher Guillermo Rodriguez each added an RBI double for the Baysox.

Starting pitcher Sean Gleason (0-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings for Bowie, while relief pitcher Fredy Deza gave up one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Frederick Keys 0 (Box score)

Recap: It was Brian Matusz's time to shine at Harry Grove Stadium tonight, but his performance still wasn't enough to lift the Keys to a victory.

Matusz (2-2) collected a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings, but the 22-year-old left-hander was the losing pitcher after allowing two runs (one earned) and six hits. He also walked one batter as Frederick suffered a 3-0 loss to the Blue Rocks.

Wilmington starting pitcher Danny Duffy (4-1) was equally impressive, striking out nine hitters and scattering three hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Designated hitter Tyler Henson was 1-for-2 with a walk for Frederick, who collected only five total hits in the game.

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Keys right fielder Billy Rowell was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The 20-year-old outfielder also committed his fourth error of the season when he dropped a fly ball in the ninth inning.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, West Virginia Power 1 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Xavier Avery stayed hot with two more hits and an RBI in the Shorebirds' 7-1 victory over West Virginia at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The 19-year-old outfielder, who also scored two runs against the Power on Friday night, is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with six extra-base hits, four stolen bases and three RBIs in his past 10 games.

Delmarva right fielder Ronnie Welty raised his batting average to .349 this season after going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Designated hitter Elvin Polanco and second baseman LJ Hoes each added two RBIs for the Shorebirds.

Left-hander Nathan Moreau gave up one run and two hits in three innings during his debut with Delmarva. Relief pitcher Eddie Gamboa (3-0) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings to earn the victory for the Shorebirds.

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