Minor league game recaps -- June 24

It was the first full day of games in the Orioles' minor league system.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this afternoon, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox won against the Reading Phillies tonight.


The Single-A Frederick Keys fell to the Winston-Salem Dash, and the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds snapped a three-game losing streak by topping the Staten Island Yankees.

The Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles dropped a decision to the Pulaski Mariners, and the Rookie-level GCL Orioles defeated the GCL Red Sox.


The matchup between the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds and the Lakewood BlueClaws was suspended in the third inning at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium due to rain. The two teams will finish the game Friday at 4:35 p.m. before playing a seven-inning contest.

Earlier today, shortstop Greg Miclat was promoted from Frederick to Bowie. In his place, the Keys added infielder Michael Mooney to their roster.

Also, the Shorebirds activated first baseman Tyler Townsend from the disabled list. In order to make room for Townsend on the roster, Delmarva placed outfielder T.J. Baxter on the disabled list, retroactive to June 22 with an undisclosed injury.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3 (Box score)

Recap: As Jeff Zrebiec noted earlier, starting pitcher Chris Tillman (6-4) gave up one run and three hits in six innings as the Tides beat Lehigh Valley, 5-3, at Harbor Park.

Norfolk third baseman Josh Bell contributed a double and two RBIs, while designated hitter Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Tides left fielder Joey Gathright was 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored, and first baseman Nolan Reimold was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

After relief pitcher Dennis Sarfate loaded the bases with a single and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, left-hander Alberto Castillo recorded the final out to pick up his third save of the season for the Tides.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 6, Reading Phillies 3 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Chorye Spoone (6-5) won his fourth straight decision as the Baysox picked up a 6-3 win over Reading.

Spoone gave up four hits and issued five walks, but held the Phillies scoreless for six innings.

Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson was 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double, while first baseman Robbie Widlansky contributed three hits and an RBI.

Relief pitcher Pedro Beato retired the final four batters to pick up his fifth save of the season for the Baysox. Beato struck out one hitter.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Winston-Salem Dash 7, Frederick Keys 4 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Felix Pie was 2-for-5 with an RBI while serving as the leadoff hitter in the Keys' 7-4 loss to Winston-Salem at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick center fielder Xavier Avery added a single, an RBI and his 17th stolen base of the season, while right fielder Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Keys starting pitcher Oliver Drake struck out eight batters while allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits in six innings, and relief pitcher Sean Gleason (1-3) gave up four runs and five hits in one inning.

Third baseman Billy Rowell was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and two fielding errors for Frederick. He is now batting .234 this season with 15 defensive miscues.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Staten Island Yankees 5 (Box score)

Recap: It looks like L.J. Hoes is recovered from the mononucleosis that forced him to the disabled list in Frederick earlier this season.

Hoes was 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored as Aberdeen grabbed an 8-5 victory on the road over Staten Island.

In seven games on his rehab assignment with the IronBirds, the 20-year-old second baseman is batting .500 (12-for-24) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs.

Aberdeen designated hitter Mike Flacco was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while left fielder Tyler Kolodny added a single and three stolen bases.

IronBirds starting pitcher Justin Anderson was charged with two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, while relief pitcher David Walters (1-0) recorded the final five outs to earn the win.

First baseman David Anderson hit a two-run home run for Aberdeen.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Pulaski Mariners 5, Bluefield Orioles 4 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Brenden Webb was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double and two runs scored as Bluefield was edged, 5-4, by Pulaski.

Orioles starting pitcher David Baker gave up four runs (two earned) and five hits in three innings, while relief pitcher Zachary Petersime allowed one unearned run and two hits in four innings.

Bluefield shortstop Vincent Zazueta was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Orioles 6, GCL Red Sox 2 (Box score)

Recap: Shortstop Jonathan Schoop hit a pair of two-run home runs as the GCL Orioles grabbed a 6-2 victory over the GCL Red Sox.

Schoop, 18, was signed as a non-drafted free agent from Curacao in August 2008. He batted .239 with no home runs and 35 RBIs in 68 games for the Dominican Summer League Orioles last season.

Orioles left fielder Rojean Cleofa contributed a double and two RBIs, while first baseman Gino Moranci was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Starting pitcher Derek Hanks allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits in three innings for the Orioles, while relief pitcher Yancorix Adrian (1-0) struck out seven batters and issued one walk in four no-hit frames.

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