Good evening from the press box at Prince George's Stadium.

It's very humid here, but the sky seems to be clear. That's always a good sign on a muggy day in July. However, I wouldn't rule out storms passing through later in the night.


Before I forget, it's Mustache Mania Monday tonight. There are plenty of fully grown mustaches, including some here in the press box.

I'm not participating in the promotion, in case anyone cares. I know, I'm a poor sport.

Double-A Bowie Baysox starting pitcher Brian Matusz looks to climb to 7-0 since joining the team in the middle of June when he faces the Connecticut Defenders tonight. The 22-year-old left-hander has allowed one earned run or less in 11 of his 17 starts this season, dating back to the beginning of the year with the Single-A Frederick Keys.

Here are some additional game notes, courtesy of the two teams:

• Baysox players Danny Figueroa and Paco Figueroa, who are brothers in case you didn't know, have combined to hit .388 (26-for-67) with runners in scoring position so far this season.

• The Baysox loaded the bases in each of the final three innings of yesterday's game against the Reading Phillies, but they weren't able to score in the 2-0 loss. Bowie is batting only .184 (11-for-67) with the bases loaded in 2009.

• Bowie right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion is hitting .287 at home, and six of his eight home runs have come at Prince George's Stadium.

• Over the weekend, Connecticut collected its first series sweep at home against the New Britain Rock Cats. The Defenders also swept the Rock Cats twice on the road in 2009.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game:Connecticut Defenders (58-43)

Brock Bond 2B

Mike McBryde CF

Brett Pill 1B

Eddy Martinez-Esteve RF

Mike Mooney LF


Ramon Castro 3B

Tyler LaTorre DH

Sharlon Schoop SS

Jackson Williams C

Geivy Garcia RHP

Bowie Baysox (55-46)

Jonathan Tucker LF

Danny Figueroa CF

Eric Crozier 1B

Ambiorix Concepcion DH

Dave Krynzel RF

Paco Figueroa 2B

Adam Donachie C

Robert Valido SS

Jason White 3B

Brian Matusz LHP