More minor matters (w/Arrieta update)

Left-hander Zach Britton tossed five scoreless innings today in Double-A Bowie’s 9-0 win over Harrisburg.

Britton allowed two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two while improving his record to 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA. Unfortunately, he was hit in the chest by a comebacker on his third pitch of the fifth inning and eventually left the game.

I doubt that it’s serious or he would have come out immediately, but I might have an update later.

Former starter Pedro Beato followed Britton to the mound and shut out Harrisburg on one hit over three innings.

First baseman Joel Guzman went 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Left fielder Tyler Henson hit a two-run homer.

Meanwhile, Triple-A Norfolk’s Robert Andino has homered twice and driven in four runs. Scott Moore and Josh Bell hit two-run homers.

Jake Arrieta has a one-hit shutout through four innings.

Update: Arrieta gave up two runs in the fifth, but Norfolk is holding a 12-2 lead. Arrieta has walked five batters. That’s an area that must be addressed before he’s ready for the majors.

Arrieta has thrown 92 pitches, 49 for strikes.

His final line: 5 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batter.

Michael Aubrey is 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

The Single-A Frederick Keys placed catcher Wally Crancer on the voluntary retired list.

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