For the 1st time since 2007 a Stockton Ports pitcher pitched a 9 inning complete game. Right hander Josh Bowman faced a mere 32 batters (5 over the minimum) in a complete game victory against the Bakersfield Blaze on Tuesday night. The Ports won the game by the final score of 3 to 1.
In the game Josh compiled 7 strikeouts and gave up 5 hits. Josh was in command of his pitches as he did not walk a batter. His performance gave the exhausted Stockton Ports bullpen a much needed break.
On the year Josh is 8-7 with a 5.35 ERA. He began the season pitching for AA Midland RockHounds. Josh struggled in the Texas League going 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 8 starts. However, his performance was hindered by back problems. Josh was sent down to Stockton after some time to rest. In Stockton Josh is 6-6 with a 5.69 ERA in 16 games 15 of which were starts. In the California League he has struck out 69 batters in 93.1 innings.
The complete game thrown by Josh Bowman was only the 3rd since 2005 when the affiliation with the Oakland Athletics began. The other 2 pitchers to throw a complete game were Dallas Braden on May 11, 2005 and Kevin Deaton on August 27, 2007.
Josh Bowman was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Tampa. Josh has been one of the more consistent performers for the Stockton Ports this season.