Posts Tagged ‘Bowie Baysox’

Okay, Brandon Erbe, Your Turn To Do Something Good

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah!  Stop it, Baltimore!  Just stop it!

The Bowie Baysox visited the New Hampshire Fisher Cats tonight.  I had the night off from work, the Fisher Cats play less than twenty minutes from my house, my friend Billy mentioned going to a game earlier this week…so of course, I stayed home with my wife and son (who now thinks it’s funny to stand on the arm of the couch and see how far he can jump off – but I digress).

Brandon Erbe started for the Baysox.  The 21-year-old righthander was the organization’s sixth-rated prospect last winter (four of the top five have appeared in the major leagues this season) and has followed it up with a solid, occasionally spectacular season between Aberdeen and Bowie.

Erbe was outstanding on Thurday night, holding the Fisher Cats hitless for eight innings before giving way to reliever Jim Hoey, who got one out in the ninth before allowing three straight singles and a run.  (I love the headline at the Fisher Cats web site: “BRAD EMAUS HITS RBI SINGLE IN FRONT OF 7,370 IN 7-1 LOSS TO BOWIE”  The guy who almost pitched a no-hitter, albeit for the opposing team, was relegated to a single sentence in the game story.)  No word on why Erbe was pulled; he seems to struggle with control at times, so I’m gonna chalk it up to an elevated pitch count.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that this makes two major league debuts and a great minor league performance by Orioles pitching prospects in the last eight days.  Jake Arrieta is scuffling a bit at Triple-A, but what the hell, might as well call him up for a look-see at this point.  Can’t hurt.

(One more thing: the Fisher Cats are holding a “Renew Your Wedding Vows” Night on Saturday, August 8.  While I haven’t mentioned it to the wife yet, it might just warrant a trip to the ballpark.  Until the team cancels it because of protesters who say it discriminates against unmarried people, anyway.)

Now Batting For The Baltimore Orioles…

Remember what I said before, when the Orioles called up Chris Tillman to make his major league debut?  I’m gonna go ahead and stand by those thoughts, because Brian Matusz has arrived.

Baltimore’s first round pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz  ate up the bus leagues this season.  He started out with the Frederick Keys in the Carolina League before a 4-2 record, 2.16 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 66.2 innings convinced somebody that maybe he should be testing himself against stiffer competition.  So it was on to the Eastern League with the Bowie BaySox, where he only went 7-0, 1.55 ERA, 46 strikeouts in 46.1 innings, and allowed the league to hit .189 against him.  The only start he didn’t win was his last one, on August 1, when he was pulled after just an inning.

Totals between the two levels: 11-2, 1.91 ERA, 121 strikeouts in 113 innings.  I’d say he was ready for The Show.

Bus Leagues in Baltimore

I went to a major-league game in Baltimore this Sunday. Rangers at Orioles, with a few of our old Z-meter regulars playing, like Felix Pie and Elvis Andrus. But my real Bus Leagues surprise came when I took the advice of an usher and visited the Sports Museum that was recently built next to Camden Yards. I was wandering around in the rather gloomy basement display area and found this:

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This bus was actually a display showing the travel conditions of Maryland’s Negro Leagues players. I liked it – I thought it was an innovative use of the space they had, even though it was a sort of creepy cellar. The upstairs was given over to the old Baltimore Colts and the Orioles. Everything else was downstairs.

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I was amused by the caption on this poster. “Why the Minor Leagues?” A question OMDQ and I ask ourselves every day. Kidding! We love the Bus Leagues. Pictured here are uniforms from Maryland’s entries into the minor league system: the Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season NY-Penn League), Bowie Baysox (AA Eastern League), Frederick Keys (A+ Carolina League), Delmarva Shorebirds (A South Atlantic League), and Hagerstown Suns (A South Atlantic League). The Suns belong to the Nats organization. The rest are all variations on the Orioles.

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Just kind of a cool map. It shows all of the minor-league teams to call Maryland home, even ones that are now defunct. That hole where they listed the teams is actually where Delaware belongs!

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Another perspective on starting out small and making it to the bigs.

At first, I thought it kind of sucked that all of these great items were stuck in the basement. Then I saw this:

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Dude wins a kajillion Olympic gold medals and all he gets is a crummy alcove and a bare lightbulb.

So, it was kind of cool to see this stuff when I only thought I’d be seeing a MLB game. Still, not sure it was worth ten bucks. But how would I know unless I tried?