BOWIE – On a day when nearly all of the runs came courtesy of the long ball, the Bowie Baysox eventually got the better of the visiting Portland Sea Dogs, 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,837 spectators at Prince George’s Stadium. Bowie (34-28) won two of three games against the Sea Dogs over […]
BOWIE – On a day when nearly all of the runs came courtesy of the long ball, the Bowie Baysox eventually got the better of the visiting Portland Sea Dogs, 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,837 spectators at Prince George’s Stadium.
Bowie (34-28) won two of three games against the Sea Dogs over the weekend to maintain their spot in second place in the Western Division of the Eastern League. The top two teams in each division earn a berth in the playoffs. Bowie starter Terry Doyle improved to 6-1 despite allowing three solo homers in six innings of work. His teammates responded with a pair of two-run homers and then added two insurance runs in the seventh.
“Terry went out there and gave us a chance to win,” said Bowie manager Gary Kendall. “He made a couple of mistakes on two-strike pitches up in the zone, but otherwise he was very good. I was hoping he could go another inning, but he started to cramp up a little and felt dehydrated. [Ashur] Tolliver came in and did a great job for two innings and we thought about sending him back out there for the ninth, but we also wanted to see what [Andrew] Triggs could do.”
Portland (25-38) took a 1-0 lead in the second when center fielder Dave Sappelt sent a 1-2 Doyle pitch over the fence in left center. The Sea Dogs doubled their lead in the top of the fourth when Oscar Tejada sent a 1-2 Doyle pitch over the fence in right center. But the Baysox immediately answered in the home half of the frame when Rossmel Perez sent a 3-1 Justin Hayley fastball over the wall in right center for a two-run shot.
Doyle, the Eastern League pitcher of the week for June 1-7 when he recorded two victories, including a shutout, surrendered his third solo shot of the day in the fifth. This time it was David Chester who sent a 1-1 Doyle offering over the fence in left center for his fourth homer of the season. But Doyle would eventually leave with the lead thanks to a two-run homer from Trey Mancini in the sixth.
Mancini, a Belle Haven. Florida native whose mother, Beth Ryan, and her six siblings, grew up in Bowie, gave the Baysox their first lead of the game when he sent a Simon Mercedes pitch over the fence in left center for a two-run shot. Hayley walked leadoff batter Brandon Snyder then Portland hooked Hayley in favor of Mercedes, who could not hold the lead and was eventually tagged with the loss.
“I had faced him a few times at Aberdeen last summer,” said Mancini, who batted in the cleanup spot on Sunday in just his ninth game withBowie. “He got the better of me there with his fastball. I knew he was going to come after me with his fastball. He left a pitch up and I was able to get a hold of it.”
Mancini would contribute to the Baysox attack in the eighth inning as well to give the hosts some insurance. Ozzie Martinez had a leadoff single and then scored on a double into the left field corner by Snyder, who took third on the throw home. Mancini then lifted a pitch to deep center that enabled Snyder to tag and score easily for the Baysox final run.