Mike Rendina is one of only a few London Tigers who enjoy playing against Bowie. Entering last night's game, the Tigers had been outscored 91-68 by the Baysox and had won only six of 17 meetings.
London's left-handed cleanup hitter continued his success against the Baysox by driving in five runs and reversed London's bad streak in the Tigers' 7-4 win over Bowie before 3,984 at Memorial Stadium. It ended the Baysox's three-game winning streak.
Rendina went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles. The London first baseman has knocked in 16 of London's 75 runs against Bowie, and over 30 percent of his RBI have come against the Baysox.
Rendina hit a two-out single off the end of his bat into the left-field gap to score teammates Shannon Penn and Ted Williams and cap a three-run sixth inning. That inning broke a battle of each team scoring in the first, third and fifth innings.
"The first two times, [Bowie right-hander Erik Schullstrom] threw me fastballs, and then he started throwing curve balls. I just waited for something off speed in that at-bat, and it just looped in there," Rendina said.
"He changed his stance in London the last time I saw him," Schullstrom said. "I had success pitching inside against him before. That pitch he got a double was supposed to be inside and it went over the middle of the plate. It was a mistake pitch."
Schullstrom gave up eight hits, four earned runs and four walks in six innings.
"Nothing was hit hard against me," Schullstrom said. "It just seems any team will have good success against me the way I am going now. I'm not pitching bad, but everytime I look up, there are guys in scoring position."