The Triple-A Norfolk Tides defeated the Buffalo Bisons, but the Double-A Bowie Baysox fell to the Erie SeaWolves for the third consecutive game.

The Single-A Frederick Keys put on a power display in their win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds swept both games from the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 3, Buffalo Bisons 1 (Box score)

Recap: Orioles pitcher Rich Hill (1-1) earned the victory for the Tides after allowing two hits in six scoreless innings against the Bisons.


The 29-year-old left-hander collected seven strikeouts and walked three batters in Norfolk's 3-1 win. Hill threw 60 of his 95 pitches for strikes, and he retired nine straight hitters at one point in the game.

Norfolk designated hitter Oscar Salazar was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and catcher Matt Wieters added a double, two walks and two runs scored. The Orioles' top prospect raised his batting average to .301 with the performance. Third baseman Mike Costanzo collected two hits for the Tides.

Tides relief pitcher Ross Wolf pitched two perfect innings, and Jim Miller earned his seventh save after giving up an unearned run in the ninth.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Erie SeaWolves 6, Bowie Baysox 5 (Box score)

Recap: Bowie's top four hitters were a combined 11-for-19 in the game, but it wasn't enough as Erie completed a three-game sweep with a 6-5 victory.

Center fielder Dave Krynzel was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored for the Baysox, and designated hitter Paco Figueroa added three hits and two RBIs.

Bowie first baseman Brandon Snyder was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while third baseman Melvin Dorta was 2-for-5 with a triple and a run scored. Snyder is now batting .371 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 26 games for the Baysox.

Right-hander Ryan Keefer (0-1) served as a spot starter for the Baysox. He allowed five runs and five hits -- including two home runs -- in three innings. Wilfrido Perez tossed another scoreless inning for Bowie, collecting three strikeouts.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 15, Wilmington Blue Rocks 9 (Box score)

Recap: Perhaps the shift to right field is paying off better than Orioles fans anticipated for Frederick's Billy Rowell.

The 20-year-old outfielder was 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Keys' 15-9 victory over Wilmington at Harry Grove Stadium. Rowell is now batting .303 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 29 games for Frederick this season.

Although Rowell was one of the offensive leaders for the Keys in today's game, it was Frederick second baseman Bobby Stevens who stole the show.

The 22-year-old infielder was 5-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. To put his performance into perspective, Stevens batted .213 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 49 games for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles last season.


Keys third baseman Tyler Henson was 4-for-4 with three doubles, two RBIs and five runs scored, and catcher Caleb Joseph added a home run and three RBIs in the game.

Frederick starting pitcher Zach Britton had his first rough outing of the season. The 21-year-old left-hander gave up eight runs (four earned) and six hits in five innings. Keys relief pitcher Cliff Flagello (1-0) earned the win after allowing one unearned run and two hits in two innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Game 1 score: Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0 (Box score)

Game 1 recap: The first game was continued with two outs in the top of the second inning, which was the point when rain forced the suspension last night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Shorebirds pitcher Rick Zagone (3-2) began the suspended game -- and finished it. The 22-year-old left-hander only allowed two hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Delmarva cruised to an 8-0 victory over Greensboro. Zagone struck out eight batters and issued two walks in the game. He is now 3-2 with a 1.54 ERA in six appearances this season.

Left fielder Kyle Hudson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Shorebirds, while right fielder Ronnie Welty also collected two RBIs. Delmarva center fielder Xavier Avery was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Delmarva first baseman Elvin Polanco and catcher Luis Bernardo each added three hits. Bernardo also scored three runs for the Shorebirds.

Game 2 score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, Greensboro Grasshoppers 1 (Box score)

Game 2 recap: Catcher Dustin Black was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Delmarva beat Greensboro, 4-1.

Second baseman Jedidiah Stephen and left fielder Kyle Hudson each added an RBI for the Shorebirds, who won their fourth straight game. Delmarva third baseman Tyler Kolodny was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Shorebirds relief pitcher Joe Esposito (1-0) earned the victory after tossing three scoreless innings. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four batters and issued one walk. Brandon Cooney recorded the final four outs to pick up his fifth save of the season for Delmarva.

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