Bowie Baysox right-hander Javier De la Hoya pitched his first complete game of the season, yielding six hits and striking out four in a 5-1 victory over the Binghamton Mets last night in a Class AA Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium.
De la Hoya (8-1) became the first Baysox pitcher to win eight games by the end of May. Matt Jarvis won seven in 1995. De la Hoya entered the game tied for first in the Eastern League in wins and had a 3.88 ERA.
He also entered the game tied for most home runs allowed, with nine in 55 2/3 innings. Last night he surrendered a solo home run to Bryon Gainey in the fourth inning.
"There's good hitters here," De la Hoya said. "I try not to give up the home run, but it will happen. The main thing is coming back and keeping the team in the game. And I want to win. That's the bottom line."
De la Hoya said he worked on his mechanics in spring training as part of the Baltimore Orioles' 40-man roster. A problem was moving his right shoulder forward. He has since worked on keeping his balance.
Baysox Manager Joe Ferguson said De la Hoya has been a good role model for his younger pitchers in the way he prepares for games and conducts himself.
Ferguson isn't worried about the number of home runs De la Hoya has yielded.
"It's just a hit," Ferguson said. "Home runs doesn't relate to pitching and winning games. Javier has been sensational."