The Double-A Baysox move into the Eastern League playoffs this week, but they aren't finished tearing up the Southern Division. Nolan Reimold hit his 24th home run and top prospect Matt Wieters hit his 12th since moving up from Frederick in a 7-3 victory at Harrisburg yesterday. Chris Tillman pitched five solid innings to finish with an 11-4 record and 3.18 ERA.
Tillman is considered one of the brightest pitching prospects in the organization, but he's not coming up to the big club in September and Orioles officials are not projecting him to reach the majors next season.
The Baysox already have wrapped up the division title and home-field advantage in the postseason. They'll play one more regular season game today before opening the Southern Division playoffs against Akron at Prince Georges Stadium on Wednesday.
Chris Heintz homered and Gary Knotts pitched well yesterday, but the Norfolk Tides fell, 2-1, to the Richmond Braves. The Tides close out their regular season schedule in Richmond this afternoon.
Brandon Tripp hit a three-run homer as the Frederick Keys rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to score a 6-4 victory over Winston-Salem. The Keys, who already have set a single-season attendance record at Grove Stadium, also wrap up their regular season today.