In case you missed the MASN telecast of tonight's game between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards, there was a piece of news shared that fans have been anticipating since the beginning of the season.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told fans watching the game that top prospect Matt Wieterswill be called up to the major leagues for Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers.
It's funny. I actually wasn't watching the game when MacPhail made the announcement, but I'm almost certain that I heard a loud yell from throughout the city at that exact moment. Maybe it was just thunder, but I think it was thousands of Orioles fans rejoicing at the news.
Speaking of Wieters, he led the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a win on the road against the Toledo Mud Hens. The Double-A Bowie Baysox and Altoona Curve were rained out.
The Single-A Frederick Keys lost a heartbreaker to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds won in extra innings.
Also, before tonight's game, the Shorebirds placed outfielder Jacob Julius on the disabled list, retroactive to May 24, with a wrist injury. No corresponding move was immediately announced.
Recap: It seems like Wieters is taking the upcoming promotion with a sense of determination.
The 23-year-old catcher was 4-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored in the Tides' 9-5 victory over Toledo. With the big night, Wieters is now batting .305 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 39 games.
Norfolk second baseman Brandon Pinckney was 2-for-5 with a solo home run, and left fielder Jeff Fiorentino was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Designated hitter Justin Turner collected three hits and three runs scored for the Tides, and right fielder Robby Hammock added two hits and an RBI.
Tides pitcher Andy Mitchell earned the start in place of Jason Berken. Mitchell gave up four runs (three earned) and four hits in four innings. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out five batters and issued two walks.
Relief pitcher Ross Wolf (2-1) collected five strikeouts in two perfect innings to earn the victory for Norfolk. Bowie Baysox (AA)
Due to inclement weather, the game between the Baysox and Curve was postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, June 27 at 5:05 p.m. Tonight's starting pitchers -- Bowie's John Mariotti and Altoona's Brad Lincoln -- will start tomorrow at 10:35 a.m.
Frederick Keys (A)
Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 1, Frederick Keys 0 (Box score)
Recap: Starting pitcher Brian Matusz turned in another strong outing for the Keys, but they dropped a 1-0 decision against Wilmington. The 22-year-old left-hander collected five strikeouts and allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings. He also issued two walks.
Frederick relief pitcher Jake Stevens (2-1) suffered the loss after giving up one unearned run and two hits in one inning. A fielding error by Keys left fielder Kraig Binick and an RBI double by Blue Rocks third baseman Mike Moustakas led to the only run of the game.
Designated hitter Bobby Stevens led the team with two hits, including a double, but that was the extent of the Keys' offense.
Recap: Infielder Jedidiah Stephen was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, including a game-winning single in the 11th inning to lead the Shorebirds to a 2-1 victory.
Delmarva starting pitcher Rick Zagone allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings. The 22-year-old left-hander collected six strikeouts and walked two batters. He lowered his ERA to 1.92 after the outing.
Shorebirds relief pitcher Pat Egan suffered a blown save after giving up one run and two hits in one inning, while Eddie Gamboa (4-0) earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings.
Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott was 1-for-2 with a walk in the final game of his rehabilitation assignment with Delmarva.