BOWIE – In the final game of their homestand on Sunday afternoon the Bowie Baysox fell behind quickly and were upended by the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, who cruised to a 9-4 victory. Bowie (19-18) had developed a pattern of starting slowly on the homestand and that trend continued on Sunday afternoon when Richmond scored […]
BOWIE – In the final game of their homestand on Sunday afternoon the Bowie Baysox fell behind quickly and were upended by the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, who cruised to a 9-4 victory.
Bowie (19-18) had developed a pattern of starting slowly on the homestand and that trend continued on Sunday afternoon when Richmond scored four runs in the first, then added two each in the second and third innings. One night after they had rallied for an 8-4 victory over the Flying Squirrels after spotting the visitors a 4-0 lead, the Baysox could not escape the early deficit on Sunday.
“Over the last week our starting pitching has not been ideal and we’ve found ourselves in some early holes,” said Bowie manager Gary Kendall. “We were down four runs early [Saturday] and were able to come back. But today we got behind 6-0 and 8-1 and those are pretty big holes. We had some chances to get back into the game in some of the middle innings, but we left too many guys on.”
Bowie starting pitcher Terry Doyle came into the contest with a 2-0 record and impressive 2.45 earned run average, but Sunday afternoon the Bulldogs’ starter could not get past the third. Richmond scored four runs in the first on six hits, with Mac Williamson (3 for 4) delivering a two-run double. Williamson would prove to be Doyle’s nemesis again in the second with a two-run home run.
“I thought Doyle was around the plate a little too much today,” Kendall said. “A lot of their hitters looked a little too comfortable at the plate. Then our bullpen came in and did a real nice job. [Ben] Rowen came in and gave us four really good innings. I think his [sidearm] delivery really throws a lot of hitters off balance.”
Bowie got one run back in the home half of the second on a double by Quincy Latimore that scored Sharlon Schoop, but the Flying Squirrels added two more runs in the third against Doyle. Javier Herrera had a one-out double to right then Eliezer Zambrano, Richmond’s number nine batter, belted a two-out homer to right center for an 8-1 lead.
Bowie got another run in the third against Richmond starter Jake Snodgrass, but the Flying Squirrels’ southpaw escaped serious trouble. Ozzie Martinez, Glynn Davis and Chris O’Brien all singled to load the bases then Schoop plated Martinez with another single. But Snodgrass retired Rossmel Perez on a pop-up to short and then got Garabez Rosa on a grounder to second.
Rowen limited the Flying Squirrels to one run in four innings of relief, but the Baysox did not score again until the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ronarsy Ledesma led off with a single, Latimore singled and Jason Esposito walked to load the bases. After Martinez reached on a fielder’s choice in which Ledesma was erased at home, Davis walked to force in a run and Mike Yastzemski drove in another with a sacrifice fly to left before O’Brien popped up to short to end the game.
One night earlier the Baysox overcame an early 4-0 deficit and a 100-minute rain delay to end a five-game skid by rallying for an 8-4 victory over the Flying Squirrels. Bowie scored four runs in the sixth and then four more in the seventh to prevail.
n”,”serif”‘>“We told our guys to be patient at the plate,” said Gaithersburg coach Jeff Rabberman, whose team will face Severna Park in the Maryland 4A State title game on Friday evening at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. “We had never seen them before, but from some second- and third-hand accounts we tried to put a game plan together. Nick did not have his best stuff, but he came through with a double in his next at-bat and he stayed focused at second base the rest of the game.”