Baltimore Sun

Minor league game recaps -- July 8

Single-A Delmarva activated outfielder T.J. Baxter from the disabled list.

In order to make room on the roster for Baxter, the Shorebirds placed outfielder Michael Planeta on the disabled list, retroactive to July 6.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Durham Bulls 11, Norfolk Tides 3 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Zach Clark (0-4) was touched up for six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings as the Tides were pounded, 11-3, on the road against Durham.


Norfolk third baseman Blake Davis and right fielder Jonathan Tucker each contributed two hits, including a double, and an RBI, while left fielder Michael Aubrey added a double and an outfield assist.

Center fielder Matt Angle hit a sacrifice fly for the Tides.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 9, Bowie Baysox 1 (Box score)

Recap: Left fielder Caleb Joseph hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to account for Bowie's only run in a 9-1 loss to Erie.

Baysox starting pitcher Steve Johnson (3-6) was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked two batters and only had one strikeout.

Bowie outfielder Tyler Henson and designated hitter Brandon Waring each contributed a double.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Potomac Nationals 7, Frederick Keys 4 (Box score)

Recap: In his second rehab start after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed three scoreless innings in Potomac's 7-4 win over Frederick at Harry Grove Stadium.

Zimmermann struck out five Keys batters and allowed one hit before being replaced by the Nationals' Adrian Alaniz, who tossed five no-hit frames with eight strikeouts.


Frederick starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea (5-4) suffered the loss after giving up six runs (five earned), seven hits and six walks in five innings. He collected two strikeouts.

Keys catcher Phil Britton contributed two RBIs in the defeat.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Lakewood BlueClaws 1 (Box score)

Recap: Starting pitcher Jesse Beal (6-5) held the BlueClaws to one run and seven hits in seven innings as the Shorebirds won, 5-1, over Lakewood.

Delmarva shortstop Garabez Rosa hit a two-run home run in the ninth, while left fielder Kieron Pope and center fielder Steve Bumbry each added an RBI.

Shorebirds second baseman Michael Mooney was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Williamsport Crosscutters 4, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Second baseman Omar Casamayor was 1-for-4 with two runs scored in the IronBirds' 4-2 defeat to Williamsport.

Aberdeen designated hitter David Anderson contributed a double, while third baseman Adam Gaylord and first baseman Mike Flacco each added an RBI.

IronBirds starting pitcher Scott Copeland (0-2) allowed three runs and three hits in five innings. He collected four strikeouts, issued one walk and hit one batter.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Johnson City Cardinals 9, Bluefield Orioles 6 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Brenden Webb was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the Orioles' 9-6 loss to Johnson City at Bowen Field.


Bluefield first baseman Corey Thomas contributed two hits and a run scored, while shortstop Vincent Zazueta was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Orioles starting pitcher Cameron Roth struck out six batters in four innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. He allowed one unearned run and three hits.

Designated hitter Brad Decater collected a double and an RBI for Bluefield, but he also struck out four times in the defeat.

Relief pitcher Jairo De La Cruz (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs (four earned), three hits and three walks in one-plus inning for the Orioles.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Game 1 score: GCL Orioles 7, GCL Twins 1 (Box score)

Game 1 recap: Center fielder Rojean Cleofa hit a three-run home run as part of a six-run first inning to power the GCL Orioles to a 7-1 win over the GCL Twins.


Orioles first baseman Preston Hale was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while third baseman Dudley Leonora and left fielder David Rivera each added a sacrifice fly.

Starting pitcher Yancorix Adrian (2-0) gave up one run and two hits in five innings to pick up the victory for the Orioles. He struck out two batters and issued one walk.

Game 2 score: GCL Orioles 3, GCL Twins 0 (Box score)

Game 2 recap: Starting pitcher Orlando Alfonso only gave up four hits in five scoreless innings as the GCL Orioles blanked the GCL Twins, 3-0, to sweep the doubleheader.

Hale contributed two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, while right fielder Jose Nivar was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Relief pitcher Douglas Ferguson tossed the final two innings to record his first save of the season for the Orioles. He struck out two batters and allowed three hits.