BOWIE – Bowie finished up a three-game series with New Hampshire over the weekend, The Baysox dropped the opener on Friday, but rebounded to win both games over the weekend in shutout fashion. Saturday, August 8Bowie 2, New Hampshire 0 Joe Gunkel has pitched very well as of late. Saturday night he continued that trend. […]
BOWIE – Bowie finished up a three-game series with New Hampshire over the weekend, The Baysox dropped the opener on Friday, but rebounded to win both games over the weekend in shutout fashion.
Saturday, August 8
Bowie 2, New Hampshire 0
Joe Gunkel has pitched very well as of late. Saturday night he continued that trend.
Gunkel, Bowie’s lone remaining starter from the team’s June and July rotation, held the New Hampshire offense scoreless for 6 2/3 innings en route to a 2-0 shutout victory. The win evened the series for the locals with the final game of the three-game set to be played on Sunday.
“In the beginning of the game I struggled with my fastball command,” said Gunkel, who improved to 6-2 with the win. “I was getting behind hitters and was trying to not give in to them. But as the game went on I felt better and kept attacking the zone. I got ahead of hitters and my defense cleaned up when they put the ball in play.”
The 6-5, 225-pound right hander worked up a little bit of a sweat in the first inning. He allowed a single and a walk, but settled down and pitched brilliantly into the seventh. He surrendered just three baserunners over the next five-plus innings and even retired ten in a row at one point before being lifted with two outs in the seventh.
Gunkel tied a season-high with seven strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.63 with the effort.
“Joe is such a competitor,” said Bowie manager Gary Kendall. “He has pitched some innings and has gone deep into games. At this time of the year you are looking to get six or seven innings out of guys and he did that for us tonight.
“He settled in. He kept the ball down where he normally is and induced contact. I really like how he went through the left-handers. He changed speeds and they never really got a good look at his fastball in my opinion.”
Gunkel gave up a two-out double in the seventh and was pulled for Pat McCoy. McCoy promptly ended any threat with a punch-out.
McCoy came back out for the eighth but gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame. It was then that Kendall decided to go to Mychal Givens. The fireballer wasted no time and made quick work of the Fisher Cats. He retired the next three batters in succession on just eight pitches to get out of the jam. Givens went on to close the game out and earned his 15th save of the year.
“It is a blessing to have Mychal,” said Kendall. “He could easily be pitching in Triple-A or the big leagues. McCoy got us a big out in the seventh, but he gave up some groundball hits and flipped the lineup over and I thought Givens was our best choice.”
Quincy Latimore and Drew Dosch each drove in a run for Bowie. The RBI was Latimore’s team-leading 41st on the year. Dosch extended his current hit streak to seven games with his RBI double in the fourth.
First basemen Trey Mancini (2-for-4) extended his hit streak to eight games as well, and tied Latimore for the team-lead in multi-hit games with 26.
The win makes Bowie 63-49 on the season and helps keeps its lead in the Eastern League West standings at three games over Altoona.
“Certainly I would like our ball club to win the division, but more importantly I like to have games like this,” said Kendall. “We swung the bats well. Other than when they put in (Cory Burns) with the really good changeup I thought we had some really good swings. Defensively we played a clean game and made some plays.
“More importantly it was agood game for development. And we won at the same time. Usually when you play good defense and pitch well you are going to come out on top.”
Sunday, August 9
Bowie 8, New Hampshire 0
The Bowie Baysox finished the weekend strong as they shutout the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-0.
Following a 2-0 shutout on Saturday, the Baysox exploded offensively on Sunday while newly acquired Nick Additon blanked New Hampshire for six innings. It was the Bowie’s second consecutive shutout of New Hampshire.
“We’re playing well other than the start of our road trip,” Baysox Skipper Gary Kendall said. “We cut down on giving up runs and our pitching has kept us in ballgames since.”
The Baysox struck in the first and never looked back. Corbin Joseph reached third base via an error and Trey Mancini stayed hot with an RBI single. The hit gave Mancini a nine-game hitting streak. He believes his streak is just a matter of hard work paying off.
“We’re all playing well right now and I’m seeing the ball well and just making contact,” Mancini said. “Hopefully it keeps going this way.”
Quincy Latimore led off the second inning with a double. Following a walk to David Freitas, Garabez Rosa singled to load the bases. Glynn Davis then connected with a two-run double to make it 3-0. Mike Yastrzemski later scored Rosa on a sacrifice fly to put the locals up 4-0.
Yastrzemski picked up two more RBIs in the seventh when he singled with the bases loaded. Corbin Joseph then singled to make it 7-0.
The final run came from Quincy Latimore in the eighth as he smacked his team-leading 13th home run of the year.
“It always feels good to hit one out, no matter what the score is.” Latimore said.
The Baysox bullpen again closed out the game strong. Kenn Kasparek gave up a double over 2/3 innings. Ashur Tolliver and Marcel Prado then closed out the final innings without surrendering a hit.
As of Tuesday morning, the Baysox sat atop the Eastern League West standings at 65-49. Bowie has increased its lead to 4.5 games over Akron and Altona with 28 games to go in the regular season.