Myworld was in Bowie to watch Mike Wright pitch the Bowie Bay Sox to a 5-1 win over the Erie Seawolves. Wright is the eighth rated prospect of the Baltimore Orioles. He has a nice easy delivery, hitting 92-95 on his fastball. He also threw a couple good curveballs that had a sharp break as they crossed the plate. He worked six innings and only gave up just one run as he struck out six.
The Bay Sox got him some runs early by erupting for a three spot in the opening frame. Five singles off Seawolf lefty Matt Crouse did the early damage. Matt was able to last five innings, but he gave up 11 hits and five runs. Buck Britton and Henry Urrutia each went 3 for 3 with one walk each. Britton hit a solo shot for the Bay Sox in the fifth inning, the first Bay Sox homerun since April 26.
Jason Gurka worked the last three innings, giving up two hits and striking out five.
Game Notes: The last time we saw Tyler Collins play he was hitting less than .200 with only one homerun. He had a streak of five games in a row with a homerun and now leads the Eastern League in homeruns with eight…Xavier Avery made a nice sprawling catch of a line drive. An inning later Henry Urrutia also dove for a ball but couldn’t come up with it. It is more difficult for the 6′5″ Urrutia to dive as gracefully and effortlessly as Avery. He did make a nice diving catch toward the right field line in the next inning…Kevin Guasman has the best strikeout to walk ratio in baseball, an amazing 32/1. No pitcher, not even a major leaguer can top that…Guasman has a reputation for eating small powdered donuts after each inning in games he is pitching. During spring training Adam Jones filled his locker with powdered donuts. They counted them and there were a total of 1,900 donuts. They only lasted three weeks to the end of spring training…The Bay Sox keep an interesting stat. They track their won/loss record against specific umpire crews, even breaking down their won/loss record against the home plate umpire…Matt Hobgood is pitching well in relief down in Delmarva. In ten appearances his ERA is 0.90, giving up just nine hits in his 20 innings of work. The only downside is his 13/20 walk to whiff ratio, far from Gausman territory. Matt was a first round pick of the Orioles in 2009. Some of the players selected in the first round after Hobgood include Zack Wheeler, Drew Storen, Mike Minor, Mike Leake, Aaron Crow, Shelby Miller and Mike Trout. The Orioles would probably like to ask for a mulligan after selecting Hobgood.