Former Retriever Clark Promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, Took Loss in First Start

Former Retriever Clark Promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, Took Loss in First Start

NORFOLK, Va. – Former UMBC pitcher Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) was promoted to the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, this last weekend from the Double-A Bowie Baysox for whom he had pitched with for most of the 2012 season.

In his first start for the Tides on Sunday against the Columbus Clippers, the former Retriever threw six innings, yielding just one run on five hits, but took the loss as Norfolk failed to score in a 1-0 loss.  Clark also struck out six batters while issuing three walks.

This is Clark's second stint with the Triple-A squad this season, previously going 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.  The right-hander's call up comes after he compiled a team-best ten wins at Bowie against just five losses while posting a 3.19 ERA over 121.1 innings on the mound.  Also, his win on July 15 at Reading was his 25th for the Baysox, an organization record.  For his work in 2012, Clark was named to the Eastern League All Star Game where he pitched one inning for the Western Division squad.

After a five-year playing career at UMBC as both a pitcher and a designated hitter, Clark signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.  The righty has his best season at UMBC as a senior when he went 1-6 with a 3.86 ERA.  For his career Clark made 41 starts, the third-highest total in school history while also striking out 171 batters, the sixth-highest total for the Retrievers.

The Tides are currently 59-58 and are in second place in the International League's South Division, seven games behind the division leading Charlotte Knights.