It was a night of mixed results for the Orioles' four full-season affiliates.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides and Double-A Bowie Baysox were both edged, 2-1, by their opponents. The Single-A Frederick Keys pulled out an 8-6 victory in 12 innings, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds won, 2-1.
Although the Orioles' affiliates split their games tonight, all four starting pitchers threw well.
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Score: Durham Bulls 2, Norfolk Tides 1
Recap: Tides third baseman Scott Moore committed a costly error on a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the third inning. The Bulls scored their only two runs in the inning and held off Norfolk, 2-1.
Brad Bergesen (0-1) suffered the loss, but he only gave up two runs (one earned) and four hits in five innings for the Tides. The 23-year-old right-hander, who threw 58 pitches in the outing, had six strikeouts and walked one hitter. Tides reliever Radhames Liz struck out two batters in two perfect innings.
Nolan Reimold provided the Tides with their only run when he hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. The 25-year-old outfielder was 2-for-4 in the game, and Lou Montanez also had two hits. Matt Wieters was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his Triple-A debut with the Tides.
Ex-Oriole Chris Richard was 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout for the Bulls.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Score: Akron Aeros 2, Bowie Baysox 1
Recap:Jake Arrieta did everything he could to lead the Baysox to a victory on Thursday, but it wasn't enough. The Baysox lost their second straight game, 2-1, to the Aeros.
Arrieta struck out eight hitters and allowed only one hit in four innings for Bowie. The 23-year-old right-hander also walked two batters. Reliever Jim Hoey (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up the winning run without allowing a hit in the sixth inning. He walked three hitters and gave up a sacrifice fly.
Baysox center fielder Dave Krynzel hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the team's only run. Second baseman Miguel Abreu was 2-for-4 for Bowie.
Frederick Keys (A)
Score: Frederick Keys 8, Salem Red Sox 6, 12 innings
Recap: Right fielder Billy Rowell delivered with a two-run single in the top of the 12th inning to power the Keys to an 8-6 victory over the Salem Red Sox in the season opener. The 20-year-old outfielder was 2-for-5 with a walk.
Brian Matusz, the Orioles' first-round pick in last year's MLB draft, gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings during his first professional start. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out four hitters and issued two walks.
Matt Angle led the Keys with three hits, including a triple. The 23-year-old center fielder had an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Ryan Adams, Kraig Binick and Caleb Joseph each added two hits for the Keys.
Every Keys starter had at least one hit in the game, and the team finished with 15. The Keys committed four errors, including three by third baseman Tyler Henson.
Recap: Delmarva starting pitcher Rick Zagone (1-0) only allowed one hit and three walks in five scoreless innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out five batters in the Shorebirds' 2-1 victory over Lakewood.
Third baseman Tyler Kolodny was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Shorebirds. LJ Hoes added an RBI double for Delmarva.
Brandon Cooney pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two hitters, to earn his first save of the season.