The crowd of 6,940 came to see something good from Bowie's Matt Riley, and the left-hander did not disappoint. Showing why many say he will be ready for the major leagues soon, Riley scattered three hits and struck out nine in seven innings as Bowie defeated Akron, 11-0, in a Class AA Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium last night.
Riley (7-2) kept Akron (53-43) off balance by mixing fastballs, curveballs and an occasional change-up. He gave up a double to Akron's Mike Huelsmann leading off the first and walked Brian Benefield to follow, but then retired 11 straight and 18 of the next 19 hitters.
After Huelsmann's double, Akron didn't get another hit until Danny Peoples singled in the seventh. Riley gave up one more hit in the inning before striking out the final two batters to stretch his scoreless-innings streak to 13.
"I was in the groove tonight," Riley said. "It was a great outing. Everything is starting to fall into place now."
Heath Hayes, usually a catcher, made two errors at third base in the first inning that helped stake Bowie (52-43) to a 2-0 lead. Luis Matos made it 3-0 with his second-inning sacrifice fly, and Johnny Isom scored from second when Matthews threw away Augie Ojeda's grounder in the third.
Isom, Matos and Carlos Casimiro all homered later as the Baysox scored seven runs in their final two at-bats.
Notes: Delino DeShields played the first of two games with Bowie as part of his rehabilitation assignment. DeShields, the designated hitter, went 0 for 4 with a walk.
PELICANS 2, CANNONS 1: The Cannons lost in the bottom of the ninth inning for the second straight night as Mark Mortimer's RBI double gave the host Pelicans a Class A Carolina League win. Potomac lost Monday night in Kinston on a ninth-inning grand slam.
The Cannons (9-13) wasted a fine pitching performance by starter Finley Woodward, who struck out 12 in 7 2/3 innings. Keven Sheredy (3-5) gave up Woodward's double to take the loss.
Catcher Bryan Rupert scored the lone Potomac run with a solo homer in the first inning. But Rupert's throwing error in the bottom of that inning allowed Marcus Giles to score and tie the game.
HILLCATS 8, KEYS 3: Host Lynchburg tagged Frederick starter Matt Achilles for seven runs in the first two innings to quickly put away the Keys in a Class A Carolina League game. Achilles (1-4) gave up the runs -- all earned -- on six hits while striking out two.
Darnell McDonald, Joey Hammond and Brian Hughes each collected two hits for the Keys (10-15), who totaled 10 hits but didn't score until the seventh inning.
Lynchburg starter Larry Wimberly improved to 5-0, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out six.