The hot bats continued in Bowie as the Baysox (2-0) shut out the Harrisburg Senators (0-2) 9-0 Friday night after winning 12-6 in the season opener Thursday. The Baysox followed their 16-hit performance last night with a 15-hit performance in Friday’s win.
Second baseman Garabez Rosa has started the season on fire recording a four-RBI night and seven RBI total in his first two games of the season. Rosa rocked a three-run homer last night and followed that performance with a pair of two-RBI hits tonight.
“He is swinging the bat really well,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “He is a good fastball hitter and he is making strides to hit the breaking ball and off speed pitches. He puts good swings on pitches and he has come a long way as a hitter. Down at the bottom of the order we think we can get him some protection – he is kind of hidden down there.”
Baysox starter Tyler Wilson made it look easy in his first start of the season, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out five in the win.
“Especially in your first start of the year, it’s great to get out there and get those nerves out of the way,” Wilson said. “You really want to find your rhythm early on, no matter what start, but especially in the first start of the year. Obviously the guys have been swinging the bats exceptionally well and they picked up right where they left off in the first. It’s always nice to start a game up three.”
The Baysox got off to another quick start with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After being hit by a pitch to start the game, Buck Britton worked his way to third base with two outs in the inning. Christian Walker then got the scoring started with a single to center field. Dariel Alvarez followed with an infield single to shortstop and Michael Ohlman walked to load the bases. Rosa capped the rally with a two-RBI double to center field to give the Baysox the lead.
Bowie struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning against Harrisburg reliever Ryan Perry. Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a lead off double to left field and Walker followed with a single to center field. Chiang scored on an Alvarez sacrifice fly and Ohlman followed with a single to put two runners on. Rosa kept his hot streak going with a bases clearing double to left field and he later scored on a Britton force out to give the Baysox a 7-0 lead.
The Baysox added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Harrisburg reliever Gabriel Alfaro. Ohlman drew a lead off walk, advanced to second base on a balk and to third on a groundout by David Freitas. Ronald Bermudez brought Ohlman home with a single to center field to give Bowie an 8-0 lead.
Bowie tacked on one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning against reliever Richie Mirowski. Niuman Romero drew a lead off walk, moved to second base on a Walker single to right field and to third base on an Alvarez ground out. Ohlman brought Romero home with a single to right-center field to make the score 9-0.
Baysox reliever Fabio Castillo followed Wilson with two strong, scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two. Reliever Juan Morillo struck out the side in the ninth inning to finish out the game.
Rivero took the loss for the Senators, pitching three innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.
LHP Tim Berry takes the mound for the Baysox Saturday as the team plays the third game in a four game series with the Harrisburg Senators. He will be opposed by RHP Rob Gilliam.
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, April 9 for a seven game homestand. Promotional highlights include Fireworks Saturday, April 4 after the game and Mutt Monday, April 6 beginning at 6:35 p.m.
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