The Triple-A Norfolk Tides beat the Charlotte Knights, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox blanked the Harrisburg Senators.

In case you missed it, here is my live coverage of Bowie's 6-0 win. Baysox starting pitcher Brian Matusz shined once again in the victory.


The Single-A Frederick Keys topped the Kinston Indians, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds failed to score against the Kannapolis Intimidators.

The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds were edged by the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The rookie-level Bluefield Orioles lost to the Burlington Royals, and the rookie-level GCL Orioles came up short against the GCL Red Sox.

The Shorebirds activated outfielder Jacob Julius from the disabled list earlier today. In order to clear a roster spot for Julius, Delmarva placed relief pitcher Andrew Barb on the DL, retroactive to July 5.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Norfolk Tides 8, Charlotte Knights 4 (Box score)

Recap: The Tides jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings, and they cruised to an 8-4 victory over Charlotte.

Norfolk center fielder Justin Christian was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, while third baseman Jolbert Cabrera added a three-run home run in the second.

Tides first baseman Brandon Snyder collected two hits and two RBIs, and designated hitter Michael Aubrey was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (2-2) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Tides. The 23-year-old right-hander collected eight strikeouts and issued one walk. Arrieta was removed after giving up two home runs in the seventh.

Relief pitcher Josh Perrault struck out the side in the ninth inning during his debut with Norfolk after being called up earlier in the day.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Score: Bowie Baysox 6, Harrisburg Senators 0 (Box score)

Recap: As you're aware by now, Matusz (4-0) dominated Harrisburg in a 6-0 win at Prince George's Stadium.

The 22-year-old left-hander struck out 11 batters, including six in the final three innings, and he only allowed one hit. Matusz didn't walk anyone, throwing 73 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

"It's the farthest I've gone. I minimized pitches," Matusz said. "It's the first game I've gone this year without walking a guy, and that's what I'm most happy about today."

"All four pitches worked really well today. I could throw them all at any given time." Matusz added.


In his first four starts with the Baysox, Matusz only allowed two runs (one earned) and 11 hits in 26 1/3 innings. The 2008 first-round draft pick lowered his ERA to 0.34 since joining Bowie. Overall, Matusz is 8-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 15 starts between the Baysox and Keys this season.

Although he was close to 100 pitches in the outing, Baysox pitching coach Larry McCall knows Matusz could have finished the game if needed.

"If he would have been in the big leagues, he would have definitely went back out there for the ninth," McCall said. "But this is Double-A. You don't want to go back out there and give up a run in the ninth inning."

Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis started his injury rehabilitation assignment with the Baysox tonight. The 29-year-old infielder was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored, and he is still on track to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

"Today was a good day," Izturis said. "I did everything a rehab guy is supposed to do -- stolen base, scored [two runs] and turned a double play."

Baysox left fielder Jonathan Tucker was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while first baseman Eric Crozier added two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

Designated hitter Guillermo Rodriguez and second baseman Miguel Abreu each collected two hits for Bowie.

Frederick Keys (A)

Score: Frederick Keys 11, Kinston Indians 5 (Box score)

Recap: First baseman Robbie Widlansky was 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored in the Keys' 11-5 win over Kinston.

Frederick second baseman Ryan Adams was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, but he committed three throwing errors. In case you forgot, the 22-year-old infielder made 52 defensive miscues with the Shorebirds last season.

Keys center fielder Matt Angle collected two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base, while right fielder Billy Rowell added a single, two RBIs and a run scored.

Relief pitcher Joe Esposito (1-2) earned the victory for Frederick after tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Keys starting pitcher Pedro Beato gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Catcher Caleb Joseph was 2-for-4 with a double for the Keys, and left fielder Tyler Henson had two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored.

Frederick third baseman Brandon Waring also picked up two hits.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Score: Kannapolis Intimidators 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 (Box score)

Recap: The Shorebirds managed only two hits in a 9-0 loss to Kannapolis.

Delmarva center fielder Xavier Avery was 1-for-3 with a double, and shortstop Rodolfo Cardona added a single, a stolen base and two walks.

Shorebirds starting pitcher Cole McCurry (3-7) allowed six runs (four earned) and four hits in 2 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out two batters and issued two walks.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Score: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (Box score)

Recap: Designated hitter Levi Carolus collected two hits, including a double, but the IronBirds suffered a 3-2 loss to Brooklyn.

Aberdeen shortstop Garabez Rosa was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and right fielder Arthur Bonevacia added a single and an RBI.

IronBirds starting pitcher Patrick Kantakevich (0-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. The 22-year-old right-hander collected four strikeouts and walked two batters.


First baseman Tyler Townsend was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, but he did pick up his first stolen base at the professional level.

Bluefield Orioles (Rookie)

Score: Burlington Royals 2, Bluefield Orioles 1 (Box score)

Recap: Third baseman Corey Thomas was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Orioles' 2-1 loss to Burlington.

Bluefield first baseman Mike Flacco and left fielder Larry Rivera each added a hit, while second baseman Omar Casamayor picked up a stolen base.

Orioles starting pitcher Jorge Almanzar (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned), one hit and three walks in four innings. Relief pitcher Justin Anderson tossed three scoreless innings for Bluefield.

GCL Orioles (Rookie)

Score: GCL Red Sox 8, GCL Orioles 6 (Box score)

Recap: Center fielder Grolmann Gonzalez collected a triple and three RBIs, but the Orioles fell, 8-6, to the Red Sox.

Orioles right fielder Jaynnertt Melenciano was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while first baseman David Anderson added two hits and two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Eiri Ramirez (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings for the Orioles.

Designated hitter David Rivera and shortstop Moises Ciriaco each picked up two hits for the Orioles.