For the first time this year, all of the scheduled games in the Orioles' minor league system were played.
OK, so that's a slight exaggeration. It's actually the first time since Saturday, but no one worries about the details, right?
Anyway, the Triple-A Norfolk Tides and Double-A Bowie Baysox both swept doubleheaders from their opponents. The Single-A Frederick Keys split two games with the Winston-Salem Dash, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds won their matchup against the West Virginia Power.
A few roster moves occurred before today's games, but I didn't have time to share them with everyone earlier.
Right-handed pitcher John Mariotti was promoted from Frederick to Bowie, while left-hander Nathan Nery jumped from Delmarva to the Keys. Left-handed pitcher Nathan Moreau was added to the Shorebirds from extended spring training in order to replace Nery on the roster.
Game 1 recap: Right fielder Oscar Salazar hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning, to power the Tides to a 5-2 victory over Columbus in the first game of the doubleheader.
Norfolk left fielder Nolan Reimold and catcher Matt Wieters each collected a double in the game. Wieters scored twice and added an RBI, while Reimold crossed the plate once for the Tides.
Tides starting pitcher Chris Tillman (3-0) earned his third consecutive victory. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for Norfolk. Tillman struck out six batters and issued one walk in the game.
Norfolk relief pitcher Jim Miller gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases in the top of the seventh, but he escaped for his fifth save of the season.
Designated hitter Mike Costanzo was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Tides.
Game 1 recap: Once again, Baysox starting pitcher Troy Patton (3-0) proved he is fully recovered from the surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2008 season.
The 23-year-old left-hander only allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, and Bowie cruised to a 6-0 victory over Trenton in the first game at Prince George's Stadium. Patton struck out six batters and lowered his ERA to 0.95 in five starts this season.
Third baseman Melvin Dorta was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases for Bowie, and shortstop Robert Valido added a three-run shot. Baysox designated hitter Paco Figueroa was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Baysox relief pitcher Wilfrido Perez tossed one scoreless inning against the Thunder. The 24-year-old left-hander hasn't give up any runs in 11 innings so far this season.
Game 2 recap: First baseman Brandon Snyder connected for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, and the Baysox came from behind to beat Trenton, 4-3, in the second game.
Dorta, who served as the designated hitter, was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Bowie, raising his batting average to .342 in 22 games this season.
Baysox starting pitcher Bobby Livingston (2-1) earned the victory after giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings. Relief pitcher Josh Perrault recorded the final out of the game to pick up his first save for Bowie.
Snyder is now batting .341 with three home runs and 17 RBIs for the Baysox in 2009.
Frederick Keys (A)
Game 1 score: Winston-Salem Dash 8, Frederick Keys 0, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 1 recap: The Keys couldn't get anything going offensively in the first game, and they suffered an 8-0 loss to Winston-Salem at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick right fielder Billy Rowell was 2-for-3, and designated hitter Chris Vinyard collected a double in the losing effort.
Keys starting pitcher Tim Bascom (2-3) allowed five runs (one earned) and five hits in two innings. Relief pitcher Andrew Barb made his debut for Frederick, giving up two runs and two hits in three innings.
In his return to the lineup, Keys second baseman Ryan Adams was 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He also committed one of the Keys' three errors in the game.
Game 2 score: Frederick Keys 7, Winston-Salem Dash 4, 7 innings (Box score)
Game 2 recap: Center fielder Kraig Binick capped a late comeback by the Keys with a three-run walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was the 24-year-old outfielder's fifth home run this season, and the Keys won, 7-4.
Rowell added a two-run shot for Frederick in the sixth. The 20-year-old outfielder was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, raising his batting average to .302 this season. In his past 10 games, Rowell is hitting .395 (15-for-38) with one home run and four RBIs.
Nery made his first start for the Keys after being promoted earlier in the day. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Frederick relief pitcher Luis Lebron (1-1) earned the win after tossing a scoreless inning.
Delmarva Shorebirds (A)
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 4, West Virginia Power 0 (Box score)
Recap: Center fielder Xavier Avery was 3-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored to power the Shorebirds to a 4-0 victory over West Virginia.
First baseman Joe Mahoney was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Delmarva, while third baseman Tyler Kolodny added a hit and two runs scored.
Delmarva left fielder Jacob Julius had a double, and second baseman LJ Hoes was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Shorebirds starting pitcher Ryan O'Shea (2-1) earned the win after scattering four hits in seven scoreless innings. Relief pitcher Pat Egan tossed the final two innings to earn his first save for Delmarva.