I'm back after a brief delay due to other work obligations.
I returned late from Frederick on Saturday night and covered Sunday's game between the Orioles and Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, so I apologize for the lack of minor league coverage over the past day.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Charlotte Knights, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox swept a doubleheader from the Reading Phillies.
The Single-A Frederick Keys edged the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds lost both games to the Hagerstown Suns.
The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds lost to the Tri-City ValleyCats.
The Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles were beaten by the Burlington Royals, and the Rookie-level GCL Orioles topped the GCL Rays.
Score: Charlotte Knights 8, Norfolk Tides 6 (Box score)
Recap: Right fielder Jeff Fiorentino was 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored in the Tides' 8-6 loss to Charlotte at Harbor Park.
The 26-year-old outfielder is batting .312 with 12 home runs and 67 RBIs in 102 games since being promoted to the Tides from Bowie earlier this season.
Fiorentino leads the Tides with 70 runs scored, and he is tied for the most hits on the team with infielder Justin Turner (114). He is third on the team with 26 doubles in 2009.
Norfolk first baseman Rhyne Hughes contributed three hits, and left fielder Brandon Pinckney was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Tides starting pitcher Chris Waters (9-6) allowed eight runs (six earned) and 10 hits in four innings. The 29-year-old left-hander struck out two batters and issued two walks.
Second baseman Melvin Dorta was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored for the Tides, and third baseman Brandon Snyder was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
Relief pitchers Josh Perrault, Bob McCrory and Jim Miller combined to give up only one hit in five scoreless innings for Norfolk.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Game 1 score: Bowie Baysox 1, Reading Phillies 0, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 1 recap: First baseman Eric Crozier hit an inside-the-park home run in the top of the second inning as the Baysox beat Reading, 1-0, in the completion of last night's suspended game.
Bowie right-hander Pedro Beato (1-2) took over on the mound when play resumed today. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed four hits in five scoreless innings to earn his first victory since being promoted to Double-A earlier this month.
Relief pitcher Luis Lebron struck out the final two batters to pick up his sixth save since being called up to Bowie at the beginning of August.
Game 2 score: Bowie Baysox 5, Reading Phillies 2, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 2 recap: Designated hitter Paco Figueroa was 1-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored as the Baysox swept the doubleheader with a 5-2 victory over Reading in the second game.
Bowie right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion contributed a double, a triple and an RBI, while center fielder Danny Figueroa added a stolen base and two runs scored.
Baysox starting pitcher Brandon Erbe (4-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out eight batters and issued two walks.
Relief pitcher Eddie Gamboa recorded the final three outs to pick up his first save since joining the Baysox.
Score: Frederick Keys 9, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8 (Box score)
Recap: Catcher Caleb Joseph was 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Keys' 9-8 victory over Myrtle Beach at Harry Grove Stadium.
The 23-year-old catcher also doubled in the win for the Keys. Joseph is batting .295 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles and 60 RBIs in 100 games for Frederick this season, but he is only hitting .156 in August.
Frederick shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, and first baseman Robbie Widlansky added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored.
Keys starting pitcher Zach Britton didn't give up any hits in two innings before being removed from the game. No word from Frederick so far on why Britton left early.
Relief pitcher Brett Jacobson (1-2) picked up his first win since joining the Keys after allowing one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, and closer Brandon Cooney recorded his sixth save since being promoted to Frederick.
Game 1 score: Hagerstown Suns 17, Delmarva Shorebirds 6, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 1 recap: The Shorebirds gave up at least two runs in each of Hagerstown's six innings at the plate during a 17-6 loss in the first game of the doubleheader.
Delmarva first baseman Joe Mahoney was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored, and third baseman Rodolfo Cardona added a two-run shot.
Shorebirds starting pitcher Oliver Drake (8-8) gave up 10 runs (nine earned) and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 6.41 ERA in five starts in August.
Center fielder Xavier Avery was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Shorebirds, while second baseman L.J. Hoes and designated hitter Elvin Polanco each added a single and a run scored.
Game 2 score: Hagerstown Suns 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (Box score)
Game 2 recap: Hoes was 4-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in the second game of the doubleheader, but the Shorebirds suffered a 6-3 loss to Hagerstown.
It wasn't a completely perfect game for the 19-year-old infielder, however, as he committed three errors for Delmarva. Hoes leads the team with 26 defensive miscues this season.
Delmarva third baseman Levi Carolus was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, and Polanco added a single and an RBI.
Shorebirds starting pitcher Chris Salberg (3-3) allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits in four innings. The 25-year-old left-hander collected seven strikeouts and walked one batter.
Avery contributed two hits and a run scored for the Shorebirds.
Score: Tri-City ValleyCats 6, Aberdeen IronBirds 3 (Box score)
Recap: Catcher Brian Ward was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the IronBirds' 6-3 loss to Tri-City in the series opener.
Aberdeen center fielder Steve Bumbry collected a double, and first baseman T.J. Baxter added a single, a stolen base and a run scored.
IronBirds starting pitcher Colin Allen (2-6) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, and relief pitcher Stephen Procner gave up one run and three hits in three innings.
Score: Burlington Royals 6, Bluefield Orioles 3 (Box score)
Recap: Third baseman Mike Flacco was 2-for-4 with a double in the Orioles' 6-3 loss to Burlington at Bowen Field.
Bluefield starting pitcher Jesse Beal (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and relief pitcher Robert Holloway was charged with three runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Orioles shortstop Javier Santana was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and center fielder Michael Planeta added a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Score: GCL Orioles 2, GCL Rays 1 (Box score)
Recap: Orioles left fielder Lou Montanez was 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first injury rehabilitation assignment during the team's 2-1 victory over the Rays.
Orioles third baseman Moises Ciriaco was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and right fielder Jose Nivar contributed a double and a run scored.
Starting pitcher Daurin Tavarez (4-2) allowed one unearned run and four hits in seven innings for the Orioles, and relief pitcher Chris Hervey recorded the final three outs for his first save of the season.