The Orioles scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to lead, 5-1.
Nick Markakis homered and Matt Wieters added an RBI double off the out-of-town scoreboard after striking out twice.
Mark Hendrickson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings after replacing Jeremy Guthrie. I’d let him pitch the ninth, too, but Will Ohman has entered the game.
Can we still call Ohman the closer? Just for tonight?
Did you know Brian Matusz’s last college outing came against Tyson Ross, who pitched in relief tonight for Oakland, in the NCAA regionals? Matusz tossed a complete-game shutout.
Down on the farm, Double-A Bowie’s Tim Bascom allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings vs. Harrisburg. He walked one and struck out four. His ERA stands at 3.16.
Oliver Drake got the win tonight for Single-A Frederick, holding Wilmington to one earned run (two total) and five hits in seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.
Jacob Julius went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs.
Single-A Delmarva’s Kenny Moreland allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings vs. Hickory. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.