Sowers pitches perfect for 5 innings

Jeremy Sowers shut down everything except the rain Tuesday night. The left-hander, drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round in 2004, had a perfect game through the fifth inning and two rain delays in the Kinston Indians' 10-0 victory over Lynchburg.

Sowers, the sixth overall pick in 2004, struck out eight, retired six others on grounders and had only one ball hit to the outfield in retiring all 15 men he faced.

Manager Luis Rivera would not risk injury to the promising prospect by sending him back out for the sixth inning after a 25-minute delay that followed a 30-minute delay earlier.

Sowers (3-1, 2.91 ERA), on an 80-pitch limit just four starts into his professional career, had made only 55 pitches through five innings, but there was no way the organization would risk injury to the pitcher they signed to a $2.475 million bonus late last summer.

Lynchburg's first hit was a single leading off the seventh inning against right-hander Sean Smith, who had relieved Sowers to start the sixth. Smith gave up two hits and one walk over three scoreless innings, striking out three and lowering his ERA to 1.91. Edward Mujica gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth.

Kinston's Nathan Panther went 3-for-5 with a grand slam, while Ryan Mulhern (2-for-4, .370) hit his third homer and scored four runs. The homer for Panther (.254) was his fifth and he tied Mulhern with 13 RBI for the season. Kevin Kouzmanoff (.368), Brandon Pinckney (.213) and Dave Wallace (.268) all had two of Kinston's 16 hits. Top Stories