OK, so I'm glad no one listened to my prediction that Rachel Alexandra wouldn't be a factor in the Preakness. The 3-year-old filly dominated the race, but Mine That Bird charged hard at the end.
Still, he just ran out of room to continue the comeback. Since the Belmont Stakes is a longer race, I think Mine That Bird is the best candidate to win the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Anyway, there were a couple of roster moves in the Orioles' minor league system before Saturday's games.
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides placed infielder Scott Moore on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to May 15, with a sprained right thumb. To take his place, infielder Melvin Dorta was promoted from the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
The Baysox also placed infielder Paco Figueroa on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to May 15, and added infielder Buck Britton from extended spring training.
Recap: Designated hitter Matt Wieters hit a triple with two outs in the first inning, and he scored on an RBI single by first baseman Oscar Salazar for the game's only run in the Tides' 1-0 victory over Louisville.
Dorta, who played second base, was 1-for-2 with a stolen base in his debut for Norfolk. The 27-year-old infielder also committed a fielding error in the game.
Tides starting pitcher David Hernandez (3-1) earned the win after giving up two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and issued four walks. Hernandez threw 66 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
Relief pitcher Bob McCrory tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his first appearance since being sent back to the Tides. Kam Mickolio and Alberto Castillo each pitched a scoreless inning for Norfolk. Castillo earned his second save of the season.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Recap: Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (4-1) only allowed one hit in seven innings during Bowie's rain-shortened 4-0 victory over Erie. The 23-year-old right-hander gets credit for his first professional shutout since the game was stopped short due to inclement weather at Prince George's Stadium.
Arrieta collected 10 strikeouts, which matched his career high, and he walked three batters in the win for the Baysox. Arrieta is now second in the Eastern League with 42 strikeouts in seven starts.
Baysox first baseman Brandon Snyder continues to play well. The 22-year-old infielder was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first inning against Erie. He is tied for first in the league with a .375 batting average. Snyder also has 12 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs.
Designated hitter Guillermo Rodriguez had a double and a run scored for Bowie.
SeaWolves starting pitcher Jon Kibler, a Baltimore native, was the hard-luck loser. Like Arrieta, he also tossed a complete game, allowing four runs (two earned) and five hits in seven innings.
Frederick Keys (A)
Score: Frederick Keys 4, Kinston Indians 3 (Box score)
Recap: First baseman Brandon Waring was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, and the Keys edged Kinston, 4-3. The 23-year-old infielder is 5-for-11 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his past three games.
Frederick shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. also hit a two-run home run. Third baseman Tyler Henson and left fielder David Cash each scored a run for the Keys.
Starting pitcher Zach Britton (1-1) tossed six scoreless innings to finally earn his first victory in 2009. The 21-year-old left-hander struck out six batters and allowed four hits, lowering his ERA to 2.27 in seven starts this season. Britton ranks fifth in the Carolina League in ERA, and he is fourth in the league with 38 strikeouts.
Keys closer Luis Lebron allowed one hit in the final two innings to earn his fifth save of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander collected four strikeouts.
Delmarva Shorebirds (A)
Saturday night's game between the Shorebirds and Power was postponed due to heavy rain in West Virginia. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.