The Erie SeaWolves knocked around Bowie starter Matt Riley for the second time this week, scoring six runs on 10 hits in less than five innings en route to a 9-3 victory over the Baysox in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before 8,575 at Prince George's Stadium.
Riley (7-3) gave up five runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings last Sunday. An error made all of those runs unearned, but Erie banged out three straight extra-base hits in Riley's final inning that day.
But the SeaWolves hit Riley from the start last night, scoring six runs on nine hits in the first three innings. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, but never had his best fastball or pinpoint control. He was behind on the count throughout as Bowie fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Erie.
"It was just one of those off nights," Riley said. "I was a little erratic, leaving the ball out over the plate and not hitting my spots."
Bowie Manager Joe Ferguson said Riley will just have to learn from this experience.
"You're not going to have it every night," Ferguson said. "Sometimes you don't go out there with your best stuff, and you've got to take your lumps."
Eddie Christian and Larry Barnes had RBI singles in the second to give Erie (59-47) a 3-0 lead. After Tim DeCinces sliced the lead to 3-1 for Bowie (56-49) with an RBI double in the bottom half, Trent Durrington's two-run single sparked a three-run third that gave Erie a 6-1 lead. The SeaWolves finished with 16 hits.
Bowie finished with 14 hits but had bad luck, hitting several hard shots right at Erie players that helped the SeaWolves turn four double plays. DeCinces and Richie Paz had three hits apiece for Bowie, which left 11 runners on base.
AVALANCHE 7, KEYS 4: Salem took advantage of four Frederick errors, winning the Class A Carolina League game at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. Miguel Correa had two hits and three RBI to lead Salem, which improved to 18-16. Frederick's Darnell McDonald had the game's only home run, a solo shot. The Keys dropped to 17-18.
CANNONS 13, HILLCATS 8: Luke Quaccia hit two home runs and had five RBI, and William Ortega had five hits as visiting Potomac put up a season-high 19 hits in a Carolina League game. David Kim and Taber Maier each had three hits for the Cannons, and starting pitcher Finley Woodward earned his sixth win of the season.