Wady Almonte continued his hot hitting streak with two doubles and three RBI as the Bowie Baysox defeated the New Haven Ravens, 10-5, in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before 7,668 at Prince George's Stadium.
Almonte went 2 for 5 with a two-run double in the first inning and an RBI double in the third. He's 20 for 47 in Bowie's past 12 games, driving in 15 runs during that stretch as the Baysox fight for the Southern Division's final playoff spot.
The right fielder, who was in a slump midway through the season, now leads the team with 74 RBI.
"The season will be over pretty soon," Almonte said. "I'm trying to get all that I can right now. I'm going with the pitch" more often.
The Baysox, who moved into a tie with Harrisburg for the final playoff spot when the Senators lost last night, relied heavily on extra-base hits. Bowie (65-57) banged out seven doubles, two short of the team record set in 1994. Bowie finished with 13 hits, all of which came in the first five innings against New Haven (55-67).
Luis Matos, Richie Paz and Brian Rust each had two hits for Bowie. In fact, each starter had at least one run and one hit as the Baysox battered New Haven starter Joel Piniero (8-14) for 10 runs on 12 hits in four-plus innings.
Bowie already had taken a 6-1 lead when it scored four times in the fifth. Rust's double was followed by a two-run single by Augie Ojeda that gave the Baysox an 8-1 lead.
Julio Moreno (2-2) threw well for five-plus innings, his lone mistake a long three-run home run from Juan Thomas in the sixth. Mike Bell threw two innings of hitless relief, and Mike McDougal earned his eighth save by going the final 1 1/3 innings.
AVALANCHE 7, CANNONS 1: Jody Gerut went 4 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored to lead Salem (26-25) over visiting Potomac (22-27) in a Class A Carolina League game. Salem starter Josh Kalinowski (9-5) held the Cannons scoreless over seven innings.