Tides turn with hot hitting

The Baltimore Sun

Norfolk outfielder Luis Terrero hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning Friday night, highlighting a seven-run rally that broke up a 3-3 tie and carried the Tides to a 10-3 victory over Louisville in an International League game.

Terrero was one of five Norfolk batters to collect two hits in the win that enabled the up-and-down Tides to end their eight-game road trip with a 2-6 record. However, for one night at least, the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate not only flashed home run power but hitting throughout the lineup.

In addition to Terrero's slam, Oscar Salazar laced a three-run homer to tie the game at 3. Terrero, 27, and Salazar each hit their first homers of the season.

Terrero was hitting .309 with 11 RBI's through Saturday's games, and second baseman Eides Torres (.333) was leading the Tides in hitting. Torres, 25, is a 5-foot-9 switch-hitter.

Norfolk starting pitcher Hayden Penn turned in a good seven-inning stint Friday night, allowing three runs (two earned), striking out nine, and walking two. Penn was leading the team in innings pitched with 24, had a 1-1 record and a 4.88 ERA.

One night after the romp over Louisville and former Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston, the Tides came home to Harbor Park in Norfolk and were shut out, 2-0, by the Durham Bulls.

In the loss, Norfolk received a second straight outstanding seven-inning pitching effort. This time it was 24-year-old left-hander Garrett Olson who allowed two runs (one earned), seven hits, struck out seven, and didn't walk any batters.

Over his past three starts, Olson was 1-1, had a 1.61 ERA, 20 strikeouts, and one walk. The Tides were 7-10 through Saturday's games.

Double-A Bowie

There was plenty to cheer about at Prince George's Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights as the Baysox took two games in exciting fashion from the Akron Aeros.

On Friday, Lou Montanez hit a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning with one out for a 5-4 victory, touching off the first Fireworks Extravaganza night of the season. Montanez drove the ball over the fence down the left-field line to top off a 2-for-5 night that also included a double and two runs scored.

Then on Saturday, Bowie first baseman Ryan Finan provided the hitting heroics, and Baysox left-hander Chris Waters pitched seven outstanding innings in a 5-3 victory.

Finan slammed a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning and hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth, giving him three home runs and eight RBIs this season as Waters turned in the longest starting stint this season.

Waters picked up his third win of the season, allowing one run on four hits, striking out four and walking one.

Single-A Frederick

The Keys' switch-hitting catcher, Matt Wieters, has been rewarded for his blazing start by the Carolina League, which has chosen him as Player of the Week for his performance from Opening Day on April 4 to April 13.

The No. 1 prospect in the Orioles organization, according to Baseball America, Wieters finished his first week of minor league ball with a .478 batting average, three home runs and seven RBIs.

Through Saturday's games, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound standout from Georgia Tech was hitting .415 with four home runs, 11 RBIs, a .732 slugging percentage, and .519 on-base percentage.

Single-A Delmarva

Shorebirds reliever Brian Parker has become the first pitcher in the South Atlantic League to win four games this season.

The 22-year-old Parker (4-0) picked up No. 4 last Thursday on the road against Hagerstown, going 3 2/3 shutout innings and allowing just one hit in a 6-4 win.

Parker has an 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings, allowing four hits.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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