Left-hander Brian Matusz has struck out six batters in five innings. Victor Martinez has accounted for all the scoring against him with a two-run homer in the second.
Matusz has retired 11 of the last 13 batters, and he struck out Bill Hall to open the fifth on a nasty 0-2 changeup. He’s thrown 93 pitches, so the bullpen will be getting busy.
The Orioles wasted Luke Scott’s two-out single in the third and Craig Tatum’s one-out single in the fourth.
The rain started to pick up again, but now it’s slowed. Still no delays, though it keeps threatening.
Double-A Bowie’s Steve Johnson retired the first nine Erie batters he faced, striking out four. Only one ball left the infield.
Brandon Snyder and Rhyne Hughes each have two hits for Triple-A Norfolk, and catcher Michel Hernandez drove in two runs. Nolan Reimold, starting in left field, is 0-for-3.
Still can’t remember the last time Reimold played first base.
Former Oriole J.R. House hit a three-run homer off Chris George in the sixth inning.