Pat Burrell's tiebreaking RBI double in the top of the ninth ruined a strong effort from Bowie starter Carlos Medina, and the Reading Phillies went on to defeat the Baysox, 5-3, in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before a season-high crowd of 12,098 at Prince George's Stadium.
Medina entered the game with a 0-4 record and an 8.31 ERA since coming to Bowie May 9, but the left-hander allowed just six hits, albeit five runs, in eight-plus innings. He struck out the side in the seventh and finished with eight strikeouts.
"He threw outstanding tonight," Baysox Manager Joe Ferguson said. "He pitched very aggressively and he didn't aim his pitches."
Medina allowed just two hits between the second and the eighth, when Reading (27-33) pushed across a run to make it 3-3.
Larry Huff then started the ninth with a walk and scored on Burrell's double to right-center. Burrell later scored on a double play. Burrell, fourth in the Eastern League with a .335 average entering the game, also homered and finished 3 for 4.
Bowie (34-26) will need more good pitching from Medina as its staff took a hit last night when Javier De la Hoya (9-1) was promoted to Class AAA Rochester and fellow starter Brian Falkenborg's sore elbow landed him on the disabled list.
Burrell's second-inning homer gave Reading a 1-0 lead, and the Phillies made it 2-0 with a fourth-inning run. Bowie then took the lead with three runs in the bottom half. Cesar Devarez and Johnny Isom had RBI singles to tie the game; Devarez later scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error during a rundown.
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