Moreau Has Memorable First Night In Frederick
BALTIMORE—Nathan Moreau sure knows how to celebrate a promotion.
Making his first start after moving up from low Class A Delmarva to high Class A Frederick, Moreau threw the sixth no-hitter in Keys history in a 7-0 victory at Salem on June 30.
Moreau, an 11th-round pick in 2008 out of Georgia, recorded two strikeouts in the ninth inning to ensure his place in minor league history. He faced two batters over the minimum, both of them reaching on errors.
"It's awesome," he said afterward. "I've never thrown a complete game before. To throw one that is a no-hitter, that just tops it off. It's an incredible feeling right now.
"Before I went out there (for the ninth) I had goose bumps. The key was just get that first out. It's hard to explain, you know the situation at hand. The whole game, the guys made great plays in the outfield."
They sure did.
Right fielder Ronnie Welty had two putouts. Left fielder Kyle Hudson made two leaping catches at the fence. Center fielder Xavier Avery made an outstanding running catch to end the eighth inning.
"Hudson made great plays. Those balls were ripped," he said. "The two balls that Avery caught late in the game, being able to track those down, those were impressive plays. When he made those catches I said, 'All right, I've got a shot here.' "
The 23-year-old Moreau opened the season in Delmarva's bullpen before moving to the rotation in mid-May. He posted a 1.88 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 38 innings as a starter for the Shorebirds before getting moved up. The last two Frederick no-hitters have occurred against Salem. Brandon Erbe and two relievers combined for one on Aug. 5, 2008.
Moreau is the second Orioles pitching prospect to throw a no-hitter this year, joining Chris Tillman, who accomplished the feat with Triple-A Norfolk April 28 at Gwinnett.
Tillman also threw a one-hitter before rejoining the Orioles and taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a July 10 game in Texas.
• Nolan Reimold started playing first base regularly for Norfolk beginning in late June. Reimold has been an outfielder in the majors and for most of his minor league career, but the Orioles want him to get comfortable at first base and perhaps ease some strain on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.
• Lefthander Zach Britton tossed a scoreless inning in the Futures Game, allowing one hit and striking out one. Britton was 0-1, 2.53 in his first two starts at Norfolk after going 7-3, 2.48 at Double-A Bowie and earning a promotion.