The Triple-A Norfolk Tides edged the Gwinnett Braves, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox split a doubleheader with the Binghamton Mets. The Single-A Frederick Keys fell to the Potomac Nationals, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds escaped with a win over the Hagerstown Suns.
The Baysox made a few roster moves today, including one that could foreshadow Jake Arrieta's pending jump to the major leagues.
Right-handed pitcher Tim Bascom was temporarily assigned to the short-season Aberdeen IronBirds, but he is reportedly expected to be added to the Tides soon.
Also, catcher Zach Booker and right-hander Josh Perrault were added to the Baysox roster. Perrault was activated from the disabled list in order to start the second game of tonight's doubleheader.
Score: Norfolk Tides 10, Gwinnett Braves 9 (Box score)
Recap: Shortstop Robert Andino was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBIs in the Tides' 10-9 win over Gwinnett at Harbor Park.
Norfolk first baseman Brandon Snyder contributed two hits, including a double, and an RBI, while second baseman Paco Figueroa was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Tides relief pitcher Kam Mickolio (2-2) picked up the victory despite allowing both inherited runners to score, and closer Dennis Sarfate struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Starting pitcher Brandon Erbe remains winless for the Tides this season after giving up five runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings.
Third baseman Josh Bell was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Norfolk.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Game 1 score: Bowie Baysox 5, Binghamton Mets 0, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 1 recap: Starting pitcher Chorye Spoone (5-5) tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Baysox to a 5-0 victory over Binghamton in the first game of the doubleheader.
Spoone allowed four hits, collected five strikeouts and walked five batters.
Bowie left fielder Tyler Henson hit a pair of doubles and scored a run, while catcher Caleb Joseph was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the win.
Third baseman Brandon Waring added a double and two runs scored for Bowie.
Game 2 score: Binghamton Mets 6, Bowie Baysox 3, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 2 recap: Henson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, but the Baysox were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep in a 6-3 loss to Binghamton during the nightcap.
Perrault (0-1) gave up three runs (two earned) and two hits in his 2010 debut. He also hit two batters, issued one walk and collected two strikeouts for the Baysox.
Center fielder Jonathan Tucker was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Bowie.
Score: Potomac Nationals 8, Frederick Keys 7 (Box score)
Recap: The Keys were unable to keep a four-run lead as Potomac rallied to win, 8-7.
Frederick left fielder Jacob Julius was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs, while first baseman Joe Mahoney was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
Keys center fielder Xavier Avery collected three hits, including two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, while Kyle Hudson picked up his 17th stolen base of the season.
Starting pitcher Ryan Berry was charged with four runs (two earned) and four hits in five innings for Frederick, and relief pitcher Jose Duran (3-1) was touched up for four runs (three earned) and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Hagerstown Suns 3 (Box score)
Recap: Right fielder Brian Conley was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored in the Shorebirds' 4-3 victory over Hagerstown at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Delmarva left fielder Kieron Pope added a two-run home run and a double, while third baseman Tyler Kelly was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Shorebirds relief pitcher Nicholas Haughian (4-1) retired all three batters he faced to earn the win, and closer Josh Dowdy tossed a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Despite holding the Suns to three runs (two earned) and eight hits in seven innings, Shorebirds starting pitcher Luis Noel didn't factor in the decision.