For the second consecutive day, rain forced several postponements for the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system. The good news is that some games were able to be played.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides used another solid pitching performance to beat the Charlotte Knights, while the Single-A Frederick Keys split a doubleheader with the Lynchburg Hillcats.
The Double-A Bowie Baysox and Erie SeaWolves played into the bottom of the third inning during the first game of the doubleheader before rain forced it to be suspended. The game will be continued Wednesday at 11 a.m., and it will be followed by the regularly scheduled meeting between the two teams. No makeup date has been announced for the second game of tonight's doubleheader, which was postponed.
Although the first game of the doubleheader was originally scheduled for seven innings, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds grabbed a 2-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns in the eighth -- which is one extra frame if you're keeping track at home. The nightcap between the two teams was postponed due to inclement weather, and a makeup date was not announced.
Score: Norfolk Tides 5, Charlotte Knights 0 (Box score)
Recap: It was an impressive Triple-A debut for Tides starting pitcher Jason Berken (1-0), who allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out three hitters and didn't allow any walks in Norfolk's 5-0 victory.
Tides right fielder Oscar Salazar was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while left fielder Nolan Reimold collected two hits, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Jolbert Cabrera added an RBI for the Tides.
Relief pitcher Ross Wolf pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the Tides' third shutout in the first 11 games this season.Bowie Baysox (AA)
The SeaWolves were leading, 3-2, with no outs in the bottom of the third inning. Paco Figueroa is on first base, and Melvin Dorta is batting for the Baysox with an 0-2 count.
Game 1 score: Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Frederick Keys 2, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 1 recap: Starting pitcher Pedro Beato (0-2) tossed six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, in the Keys' 3-2 loss to the Hillcats in the first game of the doubleheader. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out six hitters and issued one walk.
Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs for the Keys, while catcher Caleb Joseph and left fielder Kraig Binick each added a hit and a run scored.
Center fielder Matt Angle picked up two outfield assists in the game.
Game 2 score: Frederick Keys 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 2, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 2 recap: After going 0-for-3 in the first game to lower his batting average to .195, right fielder Billy Rowell collected three doubles and an RBI to lift the Keys to a 7-2 victory in the nightcap.
Catcher Wally Crancer was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Frederick, and third baseman Tyler Henson drove in two runs. Every player in the Keys' lineup had at least one hit, and seven different players scored a run in the game.
The Keys used three different relief pitchers to earn the win. Chris Salberg, who filled in as a spot starter, allowed one run and four hits in four innings. Brian Parker (1-0) earned the victory after giving up one run and two hits in two innings. Luis Lebron tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Hagerstown Suns 1, 8 innings (Box score)
Recap: Shortstop Greg Miclat scored on designated hitter Joe Mahoney's single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Shorebirds to a 2-1 victory.
Miclat reached base on a throwing error by Hagerstown shortstop Nick Arata. He moved to second base on a wild pitch by Suns relief pitcher Austin Garrett. An intentional walk to Shorebirds right fielder Ronnie Welty set the stage for Mahoney's game-winning hit.
Shorebirds starting pitcher Rick Zagone tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking one batter. The 22-year-old left-hander collected one strikeout, but he didn't factor in the decision.
Delmarva had an opportunity to win the game in the seventh, but closer Brandon Cooney surrendered a solo home run to Suns catcher Derek Norris to tie the game with one out. After giving up one run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings, Cooney was ejected by home plate umpire Jacob Danielson in the eighth.
Relief pitcher Eddie Gamboa (2-0) recorded the final out in the top of the eighth to earn the victory. Mahoney collected two hits in the game, while Welty was 1-for-2 with two walks.