Class AA Bowie was tied for first place in the Eastern League's Southern Division on June 4. The Baysox were one game out of first on June 15. But they have lost 10 of 12, and Bowie (38-37) was eight games behind division-leading Altoona entering last night's game against Trenton at Prince George's County Stadium.
The problem, for the most part, has been the starting pitching. In the past 12 games, the starters have given up 52 earned runs in 541/3 innings.
"We've got to get a lot more out of our starting pitchers," Bowie Manager Dave Trembley said. "We need three quality starts out of five."
Trembley said right-hander Dave Crouthers (5-4) is the only pitcher in the rotation who began the year there.
Of the others, Daniel Cabrera is with the Baltimore Orioles, Denny Bautista was traded to the Kansas City Royals on June 22 in a deal that brought Jason Grimsley to Baltimore, John Maine is with Class AAA Ottawa and Cory Morris is with Class A Frederick.
"We have to try and regroup a little bit," Trembley said. "Our pitching has to get back on track."
* YOUNG, AND RESTLESS: First baseman Walter Young has been a bright spot during the losing streak. Young has raised his batting average around 45 points in the past three weeks and has hit nine home runs this month.
Young has 18 home runs, second in the Eastern League, entering last night's game.
"He made a couple adjustments," Trembley said. "He is using the other side of the field and he is being a little more patient at the plate. He has raised his average, but the home runs have come as well. . . . He is a legitimate run producer now."