BALTIMORE – The Bowie Baysox have started to play better baseball recently, and that trend continued when they won three in a row before just barely losing on May 26 in Erie.
After losing their first two games in their series, the Baysox beat the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2-1 in a May 22 matinee at Prince George’s Stadium to end their homestand on a positive note.
Bowie starter Bruce Zimmermann threw six scoreless innings and gave up six hits as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.
That’s when infielder Rylan Bannon started the frame with a single and scored on a one-out Ademar Rifaela two-run home run.
That gave Bowie a 2-0 lead. Binghamton got one back on a homer in the eighth, but the Baysox held on for the win.
Bowie then had a day off before starting their four-game series at Erie on May 24. The Baysox got a strong seven-inning effort from right-hander Marcos Molina en route to a 3-1 victory.
The 24-year-old gave up only one run on four hits. However, the scoring run came on an RBI single in the first, and Erie did not manage another hit until five innings later.
Shortstop Mason McCoy singled in infielder Preston Palmeiro in the fifth to tie the game. In the seventh, catcher Martin Cervenka hit a solo homer on relief pitcher Mark Ecker’s first pitch. Outfielder Austin Hays added an RBI single in the eighth for the 3-1 Bowie win.
Bowie fared even better the next day, twice batting around en route to a 19-4 victory over Erie.
The Baysox batted around in the first and ninth innings. Eight Bowie players finished with more than one hit.
After just six pitches in the first inning, they had scored two runs and four batters had reached base. Hays’ RBI double and a Rifaela single gave them a quick 2-0 lead, and Bowie was off to the races.
Right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey started but lasted just 2 1/3 innings, needing 78 pitches to get through. But Cristian Alvarado threw a strong 4 2/3 innings in relief and earned his first victory.
“We are getting better now,” Rifaela said on April 14. “And that is baseball. We are starting to come out, and we are a young team with hunger and a lot of talent, and we are going to our baseball do the talking moving forward.”
In the third game of the series on May 26, Bowie couldn’t find the offense it had the days prior as Erie scored a 3-0 victory.
The game was a scoreless tie until outfielder Jose Azocar hit a three-run home run for Erie that gave the SeaWolves all of the offense they needed to win this game.
The good news for Bowie was that left-hander Zac Lowther turned in his third straight scoreless start. He went six shutout innings and now has a streak of 21 2/3 innings without giving up a run.
Brian Gonzales came on to pitch for Bowie in the seventh and worked his way out of a jam but could not escape his eighth-inning trouble.
The SeaWolves put two runners on with one out, and Azocar then poked an opposite-field shot for all of the runs in the game.
That was his first homer of the season and gave Erie its first win of the series.