Only three of the four games scheduled tonight took place, with the Frederick Keys having their opener rained out. Bowie's opener was spoiled as well, postponed with one out in the top of the 5th inning. The Norfolk Tides fell to Durham and the Delmarva Shorebirds lost in Greenville.
Durham 5, Norfolk 3: Chris Tillman took the loss, giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk in four innings, throwing 81 pitches. While his control would appear to have been good, he did throw two wild pitches. He struck out five, but didn't keep the ball on the ground, getting only two groundouts. Kam Mickolio struck out two and gave up a hit in a scoreless inning of work. Brandon Snyder and Josh Bell each singled and struck out twice in four at bats. Snyder also made an error at first base.
Bowie 1, Richmond 0 (Suspended in the top of the 5th): Zach Britton was having a very nice AA debut when the game was suspended, going 4 1/3 innings while allowing three hits and no walks. Britton struck out three batters and had seven groundouts to three flyouts. One of his three hits allowed one was a double to top San Francisco hitting prospect Thomas Neal, the other two were singles. Brandon Waring had a single in two at bats, while Caleb Joseph had an RBI single and a walk.
Greenville 5, Delmarva 3: Ryan Berry had a great professional debut, giving up one earned run on five hits over five innings. Berry struck out four and walked none. On top of that, all eleven batters that he retired on balls in play were groundouts. Unfortunately, the Shorebirds defense and reliever Nathan Morneau conspired to give the game away after Berry was lifted. Towson native Brian Conley was the offensive star for the Shorebirds, going 4-4 with two doubles. Tyler Kolodny added two hits (one double) and a stolen base. Shortstop Garabez Rosa went 0-4 with a strikeout and a throwing error.
All in all, not a great day for the O's affiliates, but good performances from Britton and Berry at least give us something to feel good about. And for a day, Caleb Joseph will be batting 1.000.