Minor league game recaps -- April 18

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides were pounded by the Durham Bulls, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox were cooled off by the Akron Aeros.

The Single-A Frederick Keys edged the Lynchburg Hillcats, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were tripped up in extra innings by the Hagerstown Suns.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Durham Bulls 10, Norfolk Tides 1 (Box score)

Recap: Things aren't looking good for Tides starting pitcher Chris Tillman.


The 22-year-old right-hander (0-3) lost his third consecutive start to begin the season, allowing four runs and four hits in one inning. After three games, Tillman's ERA is 8.38.

It wasn't just about hits and runs for Tillman. He also threw two wild pitches, issued two walks and hit a batter. Tillman needed 42 pitches to complete his one inning of work.

Tides third baseman Josh Bell was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The 23-year-old infielder is batting .179 (7-for-39) with 15 strikeouts, one walk, no home runs and three RBIs in 10 games this season.

Norfolk right fielder Rhyne Hughes had a double and a solo home run, but he committed a fielding error. Shortstop Scott Moore was charged with his fifth error of the season for the Tides.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Akron Aeros 4, Bowie Baysox 0 (Box score)

Recap: After eight consecutive wins, the Baysox were blanked by Akron, 4-0.

Bowie starting pitcher Zach Britton (1-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. The 22-year-old left-hander collected six strikeouts and walked one batter.

Baysox first baseman Robbie Widlansky picked up two of the team's five hits.

Relief pitcher Ryan Ouellette tossed two scoreless innings for the Baysox.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 6 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Billy Rowell was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs in the Keys' 7-6 victory over Lynchburg at Harry Grove Stadium.

In his past three games, the 21-year-old infielder is 4-for-10 with one home run and six RBIs.

Frederick center fielder Xavier Avery added two hits, and right fielder Jacob Julius contributed a double and an RBI.

Relief pitcher John Mariotti (1-0) earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings for the Keys, and starting pitcher Kenny Moreland gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Hagerstown Suns 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 7, 12 innings (Box score)

Recap: After giving up four runs in the top of the first to Hagerstown, the Shorebirds climbed back to send the game into extra innings.

However, the Suns scored three times in the top of the 12th and held on, 9-7, to win at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Shorebirds third baseman Tyler Kolodny was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs. The 22-year-old infielder leads the South Atlantic League with six home runs in 2010, including four in his past three games.

Right fielder Brian Conley was 2-for-5 with a run scored for Delmarva, and first baseman Tyler Stampone added two hits and an RBI.

Delmarva starting pitcher Ryan Berry gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Relief pitcher James Brandhorst (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) and three hits in one inning.

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