Brandon Waring brought his big bat to Bowie hitting a double to the gap in right-center and belting a three-run home run to left field in the Baysox's 6-1 win over the Binghamton Mets Tuesday night.
Waring was promoted to the Double-A Baysox earlier in the day and would wind up 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and five RBI's in his Bowie debut. His home run was his 27th of the season and his five RBI's give him 95 in 129 games this year. He has arguably been the most productive prospect this season in the Orioles organization.
"You always have to know your game and stay within yourself," Waring said after his big game. "When you press is when you get into those slumps and those funks. Tonight I just went up there and had fun and good things happen."
Waring's two extra base hits give him 65 on the season and he said he was more patient tonight than he had been in Frederick the past week. He doubled to the opposite gap on a fastball away and pulled a slider over the plate over the left field wall.
"[I] had two good swings on two good pitches," Waring said.
Some thought he would have been in Bowie earlier this season when Brandon Snyder was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, but Waring is just happy to be in Bowie with the added incentive of a shot at the playoffs.
"You put together some good games and can get in [the playoffs], play for another week, get another paycheck, go home with a little bit of cash, so it's always good," Waring said.
Third baseman Josh Bell had the only other RBI in the game when he singled to center, bringing Matt Angle for his second run. Both corner infielders, Waring and Bell, accounted for all six RBI's in Tuesday's win.
Starting pitcher Steve Johnson (2-2) also did his part to keep the Baysox in the game. He collected his second win in as many starts and second quality start since joining the Baysox. Johnson went six innings, gave up just one run, it was earned, while walking three batters and striking out eight. The eight strikeouts were the most he has had since being traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
"They swung and missed, they could have hit [a few] really far and it just so happens this year a lot of guys are swinging and missing," Johnson said. "I don't know why, but I'll take it."
Three other former Keys were promoted prior to the game and all of them also had positive impacts. Pedro Florimon reached base by taking a walk and helped turn a crucial double play in the eighth inning. Matt Angle led off and had a couple of singles, going 2-3 with a walk in addition to his two runs scored. His impact was felt early when in the first, he drew a throw to first base that ended up in right field. Angle went to third and later scored on Waring's two-out two-run double. Angle is also thrilled with the promotion and being thrust into a playoff race.
"I wasn't even sure with who they were in a playoff race with, but everyone was talking about it in the clubhouse," Angle said. "I know everyone had a long night last night, but everyone still seems excited about it."
The newest bullpen arm, Brian Parker would be the first and only man used in relief of Johnson. Parker entered the game in the top of the seventh and finish it for a three-inning save. It was Parker's first save of 2009 but he did not realize it right away.
"I know you guys kind of saw me run off the mound at the end, I'm used to the 6-7-8 [innings] stretch, not the 7-8-9," Parker explained. "But, the save was nice."
Bowie still has work to do and needs help to sneak into the playoffs, and they got some Tuesday. The Harrisburg Senators came from behind to defeat the Erie SeaWolves 8-7 in Harrisburg and the Reading Phillies were shutout 2-0 on the road by New Britain.
Bowie will begin Wednesday's play two games out of the final spot with six games left. Both Erie and Reading have seven games left.