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|Bowden adjusting in Carolina|
A 1-0 record with a save and an 0.90 earned run average.
Not bad for a Minor League rookie who wasn't drafted.
Vidalia's Barry Bowden of the Class A Burlington Royals posted his first win and save as a professional over the past two weeks, earning a win on July 3 against the Danville Braves before getting the save Saturday.
"I knew I could do it," Bowden said from North Carolina Tuesday. "I think I've proven something to the team and to myself."
Bowden is the Royals' closer after a season as Southern Mississippi's No. 1 pitcher during the spring.
"That has been an adjustment, but I've gotten used to it and kind of like it," he said. "I'm not going directly into the game and I can get a feel of things before going in."
Bowden has pitched 10 innings, allowed five hits, striking out 14 and walking two batters.
"That's been tough, after pitching seven innings a week at Southern Miss," he said. "It's a bit frustrating, but I like coming in as a closer in tight situations." In the win over Danville on July 3, Bowden entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and Danville's first batter reached on an error. Bowden would get the next two hitters out and then intentionally walk Matt Kennelly to put runners at second and first with two away. Joel Campusano would come up and hit a ground ball up the middle that was gloved by Yeldrys Molina on a diving stop. Rodriguez would turn the corner at third and start to head home on the play. Molina came up firing and threw a strike to Moctezuma to retire Rodriguez and the Braves in the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, Molina after making the diving stab hit a triple to left field. After Hilton Richardson grounded out for the first out of the inning, Franco would hit a chopper over the head of Braves' shortstop Shayne Moody into left field to tie the game. Bowden would pitch a one-two-three ninth to finish off the Braves. An RBI single in the ninth by Angel Franco put the Royals ahead in the ninth to come away with the 7-6 victory at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.
The Royals had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning as Burlington broke their six game losing streak on Saturday night. Burlington got three runs early and won 3-2.
Bowden got his first save of the season as he pitched 1.2 innings to close out the Danville Braves.
"I'm definitely pitching with a lot more confidence," Bowden said. "I've gotten some valuable experience and hopefully I can go out there and continue doing what I'm doing. The coaches are satisfied with how I am pitching and shake my hand and tell me I'm doing an outstanding job after games. I've got a lot more confidence now."
Bowden said he enjoys living in North Carolina at the moment.
"Although it's kind of tough right now because I don't have a car," he said. "But that's part of it. At least the humidity is not as bad."
Bowden said he's going out each game focused on giving his best performance.
"I just want to continue pitching well and some day move up to the next level," he said.
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