BOWIE – Through the first three weeks of June the Bowie Baysox have been among the hottest teams in the Eastern League. On Sunday afternoon the Baysox continued their winning ways by rallying for a 6-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder in front of 4,364 spectators at Prince George’s Stadium. Bowie (38-30) has won games […]
BOWIE – Through the first three weeks of June the Bowie Baysox have been among the hottest teams in the Eastern League.
On Sunday afternoon the Baysox continued their winning ways by rallying for a 6-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder in front of 4,364 spectators at Prince George’s Stadium.
Bowie (38-30) has won games recently in a variety of ways, getting good pitching, playing solid defense and coming up with timely hitting. Sunday afternoon the Baysox delivered on two of those three again to forge a come-from-behind victory. Trenton (37-32) scored three runs in the fifth against Bowie starter Terry Doyle, a previous pitcher of the week selection by the league, courtesy of one hit, a hit batter and two errors – both by Doyle – to claim a 3-1 lead.
“That one inning we couldn’t handle a bunt situation and we missed a couple of plays,” said Bowie manager Gary Kendall. “But I thought Doyle pitched well. Anytime he goes to the mound he’s going to keep you in the ballgame and give you a chance to win. Today we got some timely hits over the last couple of innings and our bullpen was outstanding.”
After Trenton claimed a 3-1 lead courtesy of two Doyle errors in the fifth, Bowie countered with two runs in the sixth to draw even. Trey Mancini led off the inning with a homer and later Rossmel Perez and Drew Dosch had consecutive doubles, the latter tied the game. Then in the eighth the Baysox claimed the lead for good by scoring three times against Trenton reliever Mark Montgomery. It was the second time in three games that the Baysox feasted on the Thunder bullpen.
With one out, Glynn Davis singled then stole second before Perez walked. After Davis stole third, Dosch collected his second hit and second run batted in of the day with a single to right that gave the Baysox a 4-3 lead. After Quincy Latimore fanned, Dosch stole third and then Garabez Rosa, a late defensive substitution for Jonathan Schoop, who was in Bowie on a rehab assignment from the Baltimore Orioles, delivered a two-run single to left center to extend the Baysox lead to 6-3.
Doyle, whose earned run average dipped to 2.64 on a day when he went seven innings but did not get a decision, watched Ben Rowan collect the win after tossing a scoreless eighth. Andrew Triggs then retired all three Thunder batters he faced in the ninth for his fifth save in as many opportunities.
“I was glad to see Rosa came through with that two-run single in the eighth,” Kendall said. “That allowed me to breathe a lot easier. I thought our bullpen guys were outstanding today. Triggs has really done a nice job for us since he took over as our closer. I was happy for Dosch today, too. He had struggled a little bit at the plate before today, but then he came up with two hits today. Mancini has done a nice job since he’s come up, too, both at the plate and at first base.”
Mancini was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for June 15-21 after batting .444 (8 for 18) with two doubles and one home run, collecting four RBI and scoring four runs. In 15 games since joining the Baysox, Mancini is batting .377 (20 for 53) with six doubles, three homers and 12 RBI.
Bowie will complete a four-game set against the New Britain Rock Cats on Thursday and Friday and then depart for eight games on the road before returning to Bowie for seven games beginning on Saturday, July 4. Fans may want to arrive at Prince George’s Stadium well before the 6:35 game on July 4 since the team will offer postgame fireworks and a crowd of over 10,000 is likely.