The Bowie Baysox went on to the road last week and had some fun, winning four of six games and continuing their path to playing better baseball.
Expectations from the coaching staff before the trip were to continue providing more run support to complement the pitching performances of their starters. As of June 2, Bowie scored 204 runs, placing them in the bottom third of the Eastern League.
“The starting pitching has been there, so we have to continue to execute offensively,” Manager Buck Britton said. “But when we get opportunities with runners in scoring position or on second base with nobody out, we got to get guys onto third base and get them in, and that is the bottom line; you got to score runs.”
In the final game on June 9, the Baysox completed their road trip with a 4-2, 12-inning victory over the Portland Seadogs.
New arrival Engelb Vielma connected with a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the 12th to give Bowie the lead for good. Vielma then moved to second base on an error and third off Mason McCoy’s single before scoring on a sacrifice fly. He recently joined Bowie on assignment from the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Bowie had taken a 2-1 lead in the 11th on a Carlos Perez RBI single, but Portland tied the game in the bottom half. Left-hander Tyler Erwin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 12th to lock up the victory for Bowie.
The night before, the Baysox jumped out to an early four-run lead and then held on for a 6-5 victory over the Seadogs. In the third inning, Bowie scored five runs to take a 6-2 lead. It started with catcher Brett Cumberland’s single, and with the bases loaded, brought in two gave and put Bowie ahead for good at 3-2.
Infielder Jesmuel Valentin followed with a two-run double, and McCoy added an RBI single after that for the four-run margin.
Starter Zac Lowther gave up two home runs that cut the Baysox’s lead down to one run. He left after five innings and was able to take home the win as Francisco Jimenez (three innings) and Zach Muckenhirn (one inning, third save) helped the Baysox hang on to the win.
In the series opener on June 7, Portland used a six-run fifth inning to take charge and roll to a 10-3 victory. Both teams scored three runs apiece in the tied game before the fifth-inning rally by the Seadogs.
Before their series in Maine, Bowie first took two of three games on the road against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
They started the series on June 4 with a 3-0 loss to the Fisher Cats. Right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer gave up three runs in six innings after a rough start but took the loss. That was the 10th time Bowie was shutout this year. The Baysox did have opportunities to score but could not do enough on offense to drive in runs.
They were able to bounce back the following night with a two-run rally in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory over New Hampshire. Infielder Anderson Feliz’s bases-loaded single in the eighth drove in one run to tie the game at 2-2. Second baseman Rylan Bannon then drove in the tie-breaker on a fielder’s choice which put Bowie up for good.
In the final day of the three-game series on June 6, Bowie scored two in the ninth for a 7-5 victory over New Hampshire. In the first inning, the team’s first six batters reached base, resulting in three runs.
Later, the Baysox stretched the lead to 5-1 before New Hampshire rallied and tied the score on a three-run homer from outfielder Chad Spanberger in the seventh. Feliz then snapped the tie for Bowie in the ninth with an RBI single, and the Baysox scored once more in the inning on a throwing error.
Pedro Araujo (1-2) threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to get the win, and Erwin closed it by recording his final two outs.