Offensive outbursts carried the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Frederick Keys to wins, but the night probably will be most remembered for Keys left-hander Brian Matusz's first victory as a member of the Orioles' minor league system.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides lost in a low-scoring game, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds allowed 11 runs in a loss to the Hagerstown Suns.
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Score: Charlotte Knights 3, Norfolk Tides 1 (Box score)
Recap: Starting pitcher David Pauley (0-1) gave up two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings during the Tides' 3-1 loss to Charlotte. Both runs scored when Knights designated hitter Brian Myrow hit a two-run home run with no outs in the fourth inning.
First baseman Oscar Salazar led the Tides with two hits, including an RBI single in the first inning. Norfolk left fielder Nolan Reimold was 2-for-4 with a double, and right fielder Lou Montanez scored the team's only run. Catcher Matt Wieters was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Tides left-hander Alberto Castillo allowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings, and Jim Miller tossed a scoreless inning.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Recap: With 17 hits, the Baysox provided plenty of offense for starting pitcher Jason Berken (1-1) in the team's 7-2 victory over Erie. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and two hits in five innings for Bowie. He had five strikeouts and walked two hitters.
Seven Baysox hitters had at least two hits in the game. The team was led by shortstop Melvin Dorta, who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and third baseman Miguel Abreu, who also had three hits.
Second baseman Paco Figueroa had two doubles and two RBIs for the Baysox, and first baseman Brandon Snyder hit his second home run of the season.
Relief pitchers Fredy Deza and Chad Thall combined to toss four scoreless innings to preserve the win. Deza struck out five batters and allowed one hit in 2 2/3 innings, while Thall collected three strikeouts and issued two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Frederick Keys (A)
Score: Frederick Keys 10, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5 (Box score)
Recap: The Keys pounded Myrtle Beach for 10 runs and 16 hits, providing Brian Matusz (1-0) with plenty of support to earn his first victory in the organization.
The 22-year-old left-hander allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. Matusz struck out six hitters and issued three walks. He also gave up a home run to Pelicans right fielder Cody Johnson in the fourth inning.
Caleb Joseph led the Keys' offensive attack. The 22-year-old catcher was 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Frederick first baseman Brandon Waring hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning.
Jason White, Tyler Henson and Chris Vinyard added two RBIs each for the Keys. Henson committed his fifth error of the season, and Billy Rowell made his first defensive miscue for Frederick.
Frederick second baseman Ryan Adams left the game in the second inning due to a slightly strained groin. The initial word from the Keys is that he could miss 7-10 days with the injury. I'll provide more updates if I hear anything.
Recap: The Shorebirds allowed Hagerstown to cruise to an 11-5 victory with seven runs in the fifth inning. Delmarva starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up five runs (three earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Reliever Andy Schindling allowed four runs (three earned) and one hit without recording an out. The 22-year-old right-hander issued three walks in the outing.
It was a rough night defensively for Shorebirds second baseman LJ Hoes, who committed two errors. Third baseman Tyler Kolodny also made an error for Delmarva.
Despite the lopsided score, there were a few bright spots for the Shorebirds.
Right fielder Ronnie Welty was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Delmarva shortstop Greg Miclat had three hits and two runs scored, while center fielder Xavier Avery added two hits and an RBI.