BOWIE -- Vaughn Eshelman pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven, leading the Bowie Baysox to a 7-0 victory over the New Britain Red Sox yesterday in a Double-A Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium.
"He's the story of the game," Baysox manager Pete Mackanin said of Eshelman, who improved to 10-6. "That's one of the best pitching performances we've had all year."
Eshelman had plenty of support, thanks to a five-run seventh inning by the Baysox.
Shortstop Ken Arnold led off with a single and advanced to second on Kris Gresham's fielder's choice. Clayton Byrne then hit a chopper to the shortstop, who tried to get Arnold out at third, but Arnold slid safely under the tag. Two pitches later, Byrne stole second.
Curtis Goodwin hit a liner up the middle to bring in Arnold and Burns. Hector Fargas then reached base on a error by New Britain starter Tim Smith (6-9), which moved Goodwin to third.
The Red Sox brought in Ed Riley to pitch, and he gave up a two-run double to Rob Lukachyk, who had hit a bases-empty home run in the first. Alex Ochoa then hit a sacrifice fly to score Lukachyk.
"You're always happy when you have a big inning," said Mackanin. "That put the icing on the cake."