THREE KEYS PITCHERS COMBINE FOR NO-HITTER IN FREDERICK
Brandon Erbe, Ryan Ouellette and Fredy Deza each turned in no-hit performances on Tuesday night against the Salem Avalanche, resulting in the Keys’ first combined no-hitter since 2006. It was the fifth no-hitter in club history, the last one coming by way of a combination of Radhames Liz, Russ Patrick, Jeff Montsani and Casey Cahill.
Erbe, a local prospect from nearby Owings Mills, Md., threw six innings, walking three and striking out seven. Ouellette, who came in after Erbe, was unable to make it out of the seventh — struggling but not allowing a hit — leaving having hit a batter, walked two and gotten a ground ball out. Deza came on to induce an inning-ending double play and then retired Salem’s final six batters all via the ground ball to seal the no-hitter.
Erbe improved to 9-2 with a 4.29 ERA
If the Orioles were expecting their top prospect to hit any stumbling blocks at all this season they’ve been sorely disappointed as the headlines continue to pour in on the outstanding performances being turned in by catcher Matt Wieters.
Wieters, the Orioles 2007 first-round draft pick, turned in another stellar performance in Bowie Friday night as the switch-hitting catcher homered twice and knocked in a career-high six runs in Bowie’s 10-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats.
Wieters impressed everyone in Class-A Frederick, where he began this season — his first full professional season — and has yet to make it look any harder after being promoted to Double-A in late June. Since joining the Baysox, Wieters is hitting a team-best .368 in 41 games and has driven in 39 runs with 9 homers.
With so many of their prospects making headlines with their impressive play in the Minor Leagues the Orioles will likely be faced with some tough decisions come September when the rosters expand.
Prior to the Orioles 9-1 victory over the Rangers Friday night manager Dave Trembley echoed those sentiments but reiterated the point that the team has not yet decided who will be rewarded for their play with a September call-up.
“We have not gotten to a point where we’ve decided who’s coming up here in September and what’s going to happen in September,” Trembley said, attempting to put to rest questioning on the subject.
— Amanda Comak