The Minor League Nightly Recap

July 20, 2011 | John Collingsworth



Toledo Mud Hens (44-54) – 7

Norfolk Tide (36-61) – 1

WP– Fu-Te Ni ( 5-0, 3.20 ERA)

LP– Rick Vanden Hurk ( 5-12, 4.88 ERA)

The Toledo Mud Hens belted two home runs off of Norfolk Tides starting pitcher Rick Vanden Hurk and those two blasts proved to be the only runs the Detroit Tigers Triple-A affiliate needed to defeat the struggling Tides. The lone run for the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A squad came off the bat of Ryan Adams as he slammed a solo shot in the 1st inning.  

On a positive note for the Netherlands hurler, Vanden Hurk retired 13 out of the next 14 batters after allowing the 1st inning two-run home run to Ryan Strieby of the Mud Hens

The two teams are back in action Wednesday night as Chris Tillman (3-2, 4.12 ERA) takes the mound for the Tides.




Harrisburg Senators (56-39) – 5

Bowie Baysox (51-43) – 4

WP– Rafael Martin (2-1, 0.54 ERA)

LP– Wynn Pelzer (4-7, 4.17 ERA)

With one swing of the bat, Bowie Baysox shortstop Pedro Florimon smashed the teams first grandslam of the year, however it could not overcome the timely hitting of the Washington Nationals Double-A affiliate Harrisburg Senators. Falling one-run short, Florimon’s game-tying shot over the right-center field fence in the sixth inning was the only offensive production they could muster througout the night as the Senators regained the lead in the bottom of the 8th.

Washington Nationals future phenom, Bryce Harper, went hitless in 4 at-bats Tuesday night with one strikeout.

Zach Britton (0-1, 3.00 ERA) takes the hill for the Baysox Wednesday afternoon to wrap the series up at Harrisburg.





Frederick Keys (57-37) – 7

Salem Red Sox (41-53) – 1

WP– Jacob Pettit (2-0, 0.75 ERA)

LP– Drake Britton (1-9, 7.35 ERA)

The Frederick Keys continued to roll over the Boston Red Sox Single-A affiliate as they won their 6th consecutive game behind the bat of catcher Justin Dalles as he homered in the thrid inning. With four Keys players recording 2-hits, including 2010 first-round draft pick Manny Machado, the team reached a season-high 20-games over .500 with their win last night.

The Keys look for the four-game sweep Wednesday as Nathan Moreau (10-6, 3.80 ERA) takes the bump for the Keys. Moreau is also seeking his league-high 11th win.




Brooklyn Cyclons (17-14) – 12

Aberdeen IronBirds (9-23) – 5

WP– Todd Weldon (2-0, 1.86 ERA)

LP– Jake Cowen (0-4, 4.46 ERA)

The Aberdeen IronBirds set a new team record last night, but were unable to get in the win column as they fall to the Brooklyn Cyclons, the New York Mets affiliate. With nine stolen bases in the game, the IronBirds were dominated offensively throughout the night by the Cyclons, who scored three runs both in the 7th and 8th innings.

The Orioles 4th round pick in the 2011 draft, Kyle Simon, made his professional debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning for Aberdeen.

Trent Howard (1-1, 5.56 ERA) will look to get the IronBirds back on their winning ways Wednesday night against the Cyclones at Ripken Stadium.