Shorebirds take opener of title series, 4-2 O's affiliate needs 1 win for South Atlantic crown

Minor Leagues

September 09, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF SALISBURY

COLUMBUS, OHIO — SALISBURY -- If the activity at the lower levels of the organization is any indication, the Orioles' farm system is getting healthier.

Bluefield won the Appalachian League (rookie) title, and the Delmarva Shorebirds moved within one win of the Single-A South Atlantic League crown last night with a 4-2, Game 1 victory over Greensboro at Perdue Stadium.

The best-of-three series moves to North Carolina for Game 2 tonight. The Bats will be host of Game 3, if necessary, tomorrow night.

In one of two minor-league championship playoff matchups involving Orioles and New York Yankees farm teams -- Rochester vs. Columbus in Triple-A is the other -- Delmarva did it in textbook style.

The Shorebirds jumped on top with two-run rallies in each of the first two innings against Bats starter Julio Rangel, who had not allowed a run in the postseason.

Ryan Minor's two-run homer got Delmarva going, and Darrell Dent and Maleke Fowler drove in second-inning runs to finish Rangel.

Red Wings 11, Clippers 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tim Laker's three-run double keyed a five-run fourth inning as Rochester beat Columbus to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Triple-A International League championship series.

Rochester starter Doug Johns (2-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings for the win.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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