In the Bowie clubhouse before last night's game against Akron, utility player Kris Wilken attributed his recent hot bat to "some adjustments."
Outfielder Val Majewski, sitting in a chair next to Wilken, decided to get more specific.
"Stance!" Majewski coughed, pretending to clear his throat.
"Val is alluding to the fact that I somewhat copied his stance," Wilken said. "The stance was a big thing, and there are a lot of little things that I've done to make me more comfortable and rely on my hands to do the work."
Wilken said the stance allows him to stay back longer and see the ball better. He carried an 11-game hitting streak into last night's contest, a streak that he extended in dramatic fashion Friday night. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Wilken drove home Majewski to give the Baysox a 5-4 victory over Akron.
Wilken went 16 for 28 in the 10 games before last night to improve his average to .250.
* PLAYOFFS?: Heading into last night's game, Bowie trailed Altoona, the first-place team in the Eastern League's Southern Division, by 10 games. But the Baysox were just two games behind second-place Erie and a spot in the playoffs. Bowie, which will complete a three-game series with Akron tonight, has 28 games left but will not face Erie again.
"We have a chance for the second-place spot, but we're going to have to put a streak together and we're going to have to play better on the road," said Bowie Manager Dave Trembley.
Bowie also has a chance to end a somewhat dubious streak. The Baysox, 58-55 heading into last night's game, have not finished above .500 since the 1997 season. Bowie went 69-72-1 last year after a three-year slide in which it went 179-244. . . . Baysox first baseman Walter Young and closer Jacobo Sequea are both close to breaking Bowie single-season records. Friday night, Young hit his 26th home run to close to within five of the single-season mark of 31, set by Calvin Pickering in 1998. Sequea earned his 21st save to move within three of the 24 recorded by Gabe Molina, also in 1998.