On a night without his best fastball, Bowie's Matt Riley surrendered four solo home runs, but was backed by three Baysox long balls as Bowie beat the Binghamton Mets, 9-6, in a Class AA Eastern League game before 10,205 at Prince George's Stadium.
Riley, an Orioles third-round pick in 1997, threw seven scoreless innings and struck out eight Monday in his Baysox debut, but didn't earn the victory.
Last night, Riley didn't fool as many hitters on the Eastern League's worst hitting team (.238), but he struck out five -- four on off-speed deliveries -- and walked none to earn his first Eastern League victory.
Bowie's defense helped out by turning two double plays during Riley's six-inning, 82-pitch performance.
The 19-year-old left-hander averaged 89 miles per hour and topped out at 92 mph.
"No more fastballs down the middle," Bowie pitching coach Dave Schmidt said of Riley. "He wasn't getting the fastball to good low spots.
"I've never known anyone who sailed through the minors unscathed. It's about how you come back the next time and [Riley] battled out there."
Riley's teammate Cesar Devarez provided a key blow, as his three-run, two-out home run in the bottom of the fifth gave the Baysox a 7-4 lead.
Tim DeCinces, who began the week suspended from the team, and Ivanon Coffie also hit home runs for Bowie (28-19).
Perhaps the biggest hit of the night came in the Baysox third when Wady Almonte tripled to drive in Augie Ojeda, who had walked, giving Bowie a 2-1 lead. It was Bowie's first RBI hit in three games.
Binghamton's Junior Zamora and Jorge Luis Toca each hit booming home runs to left-center field, in the first and fourth innings, respectively, for Binghamton (20-28). Mo Bruce and Garrett Neubert led off the fifth and sixth with home runs to center off Riley.
Binghamton's Yohanny Valera outdid his teammates by hitting solo home runs in the seventh and ninth innings off Baysox relievers Mike McDougal and Ryan Kohlmeier.
Mark Corey (0-5) gave up eight runs in three innings after Greg McMichael pitched the first two innings on a rehabilitation assignment from the parent New York Mets.
CANNONS 11, INDIANS 4: William Ortega collected three hits, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, to pace visiting Potomac (19-30) over Kinston (25-22).
Taber Maier added three RBI and scored twice and David Kim knocked in two runs for the Cannons.