BOWIE -- In the heyday of the team, it was popular to believe that when the weather got hot, so would the Orioles. But while the parent club is still lukewarm this season, its Double-A affiliate sizzling.
The patchwork Bowie Baysox did it again last night, riding a five-hitter by Annapolis native Rick Forney to a 6-0 victory over the Binghamton Mets.
It was the 21st victory in the past 26 games for Bowie (49-46), which was 28-41 on June 19 and in last place in the Eastern League's Southern Division. The Baysox now lead the division by 2 1/2 games after Reading's 7-0 blanking of second-place Trenton. During the surge, Bowie pitchers have had seven shutouts.
Forney (6-4) didn't need much offensive help in his first complete game of the season. He struck out six and walked one and allowed just one runner into scoring position.
He got some strong defensive support early from McClain and late from shortstop Juan Bautista.
Binghamton 000 000 000 -- 0 5 1
Bowie .. ..100 011 21x -- 6 13 0
Edmondson, McCready (7) and Greene; Forney and Waszgis. 2B: BO--Virgilio, Waszgis, Friedman, Brown. Att.: 7,479.