Bowie pitcher Josh Towers may not like to admit it, but he is most successful when he walks a batter. In the Baysox's 9-1 victory over New Haven before 6,726 last night, Towers gave up one run -- and one walk -- in seven innings to improve to 8-1 when he walks at least one batter.
The victory moved Towers (11-4) within three games of the club-record 14 wins in a season, set by Zachary Kerr (in 1990) and Rick Forney (in 1993). Towers, 22, a 15th-round pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 1996, has 22 walks in a team-high 162 innings this season. That includes a stretch of 35 1/3 innings in late April and May when he did not give up a walk.
"I had no idea I was 8-1 when I walk someone," Towers said. "[Baysox pitching coach] Dave Schmidt wants me to throw more balls when I am ahead in the count, but I really do not like walking people. I love throwing strikes."
Towers threw 72 pitches last night. By the time he left in the seventh inning, however, the game was well in hand because the Baysox supplied plenty of offense.
The Baysox finished with 19 hits, including 14 off New Haven starter Brian Sweeney (4-4). The 14 hits off Sweeney set a record for most hits off one pitcher as New Haven fell to 55-68.
Bowie (66-57) outfielder Wady Almonte had three of those hits, including a two-run home run in the third to give Bowie a 2-0 lead. Catcher Cesar Devarez and shortstop Augie Ojeda added two hits off Sweeney.