BOWIE – After spotting the visiting Trenton Thunder a 4-2 lead after an unlucky break enabled the visitors to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Bowie Baysox rallied for a 6-5 victory in front of 2,238 spectators on Sunday afternoon at Prince George’s Stadium. Bowie (61-46) maintained a four-game lead […]
BOWIE – After spotting the visiting Trenton Thunder a 4-2 lead after an unlucky break enabled the visitors to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Bowie Baysox rallied for a 6-5 victory in front of 2,238 spectators on Sunday afternoon at Prince George’s Stadium.
Bowie (61-46) maintained a four-game lead over the Altoona Curve in the Western Division of the Eastern League and extended its cushion to six games over both Richmond and Akron following Sunday’s triumph. But the Baysox strong hold on first place will get an acid test over the next 30 games since ace Terry Doyle (12-1, 1.97 earned run average) was promoted to triple-A Norfolk on Monday and fellow starter Parker Bridwell was placed on the disabled list.
Bowie took a 2-0 lead into the top of the fourth, but Baysox starter Joe Gunkel got into a minor jam in which he was only partly responsible. With runners on second and third and one out, Trenton catcher Eddy Rodriguez hit a fly ball that right fielder Brandon Snyder appeared to lose in the sun. The ball caromed off his glove and rolled toward the wall, enabling two runs to score and Rodriguez to reach third base. Two more runs scored that inning courtesy of a Jake Cave double.
Trailing 4-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh and having managed only two hits thus far, the Bowie bats finally came alive at a crucial point in the contest. With one out, Corban Joseph and Trey Mancini singled to set up Snyder. He atoned for his earlier miscue by delivering a ground-rule double that plated Joseph and pushed Mancini to third. Quincy Latimore followed with a single that scored Mancini and sent Snyder to third.
With runners on first and third, Mike Yastrzemski walked for the fourth time in as many appearances to load the bases. It was then that David Freitas delivered a sacrifice fly to center that enabled Snyder to score an insurance run and gave the Baysox a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Bowie closer Andrew Triggs collected his 12th save in as many attempts despite allowing a run for the first time since May 20th.
“I was just glad to see us string some hits together in the seventh,” said Bowie manager Gary Kendall. “I think we only had two hits up to that point and then we get four hits in a row and score some runs to take the lead. Mike had some really good at-bats. Four walks – that was great. Gunkel didn’t have his best command today and he was a little unlucky when Snyder lost that ball in the sun, but the bullpen came in and did an outstanding job over the last four innings.”
Since taking over as the Baysox closer upon the promotion of Mychal Givens, Triggs has been superb. Despite allowing a run for the first time in nearly 10 weeks, Triggs’ ERA still stood at an imposing 0.77 after Sunday’s contest.
“You know, I had not even thought about it,” Triggs said of the prolonged scoreless streak that was snapped on Sunday. “I just wanted to go out there and preserve the win for my team and that’s what I did. This whole season has been great. We’re four games in front with about 30 games left in the season. You really can’t ask for anything better than that.”
Bowie will return home for three games this weekend against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beginning on Friday night. The Baysox will then welcome Richmond for a four-game series starting on Monday. Bowie is seeking its first playoff appearance since 2012 and its second division title in team history, having done so in 2008 under former skipper Brad Komminsk.