Altoona swept a three-game road series against the Baysox with a 5-2 win Wednesday afternoon despite trailing 2-0 after five innings. The teams entered the series tied for first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
The Baysox took an early lead in each of the three games only to see that lead disappear as the game progressed. Uncharacteristic struggles from the Baysox defense (six errors committed in the series) and the bullpen that surrendered two runs Wednesday helped lead the Baysox to those lost leads after being an asset during the team’s 6-1 homestand last week.
The Baysox took an early lead in the top of the second inning against Altoona starter Tom Harlan. Quincy Latimore hit a one-out double to left field and scored on an Ozzie Martinez two-out single to right field to give Bowie a 1-0 lead.
Bowie added another run in the top of the fifth inning. Glynn Davis hit a one-out single to right field, stole second base and went to third after a throwing error by catcher Jacob Stallings. Davis then came around to score on a Garabez Rosa single to center field to make the score 2-0.
The Curve came back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against Baysox starter Parker Bridwell. Bridwell walked the first two batters of the inning and they both advanced after an error on a pickoff attempt by catcher Chris O’Brien. A groundout and a Dan Gamache double tied the game before Ben Rowen replaced Bridwell on the mound. Rowen surrendered a single to Stallings that brought home the third run of the inning and gave Altoona the 3-2 lead.
Altoona added some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Willy Garcia hit a one-out double to left field and reliever Mychal Givens then replaced Rowen on the mound. With two outs, Gamache brought home Garcia with a single to left field before stealing second base and scoring on an Eric Wood single to right field to make the score 5-2.
Bridwell pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking three in the loss. Rowen pitched two innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out two batters.
Harlan took the win, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out one and walking two in his first start of the season.
RHP Branden Kline (3-2, 3.66) takes the mound for the Baysox Thursday as the team returns home for a four-game homestand against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by RHP Joe Biagini (1-2, 1.93). There are fireworks scheduled for Friday and Saturday night and Sunday is Bark in the Park Day at 2:05 p.m.
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