On a Rowell

Earlier today, I completely forgot to guarantee that Brian Matusz would strike out the side in the first inning, the first one coming on that devastating changeup.

I totally saw it coming. Really.

You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Lou Montanez took a nasty spill in foul territory while chasing Ryan Sweeney’s fly ball with two outs, but Matusz got a called third strike on his next pitch.

Down on the farm, Single-A Frederick’s Billy Rowell is 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored, raising his average to .300. The Keys and Lynchburg are tied, 6-6, in the sixth inning.

Rowell is serving as the DH again today. Maybe removing the defensive responsibilities has relaxed him at the plate.

Double-A Bowie’s Zach Britton allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Akron leads the Baysox, 4-0, in the eighth.

First baseman Robbie Widlansky, who won the Carolina League batting title last year, is 2-for-3 to leave his average at .440.

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