The Baysox wrapped up their longest home stand of the season with a 4-1 win against the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night. The win also gave them the series win and put them up a season-high 11 games over .500 as they went 7-1 during the homestand against the top two teams in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
In his seventh MLB Rehab game with the Baysox, Jonathan Schoop went 0-for-3 with a strikeout while batting lead-off and playing six innings at second base. Schoop finished the homestand with three home runs and six RBI for the Baysox.
Ozzie Martinez got things going for the Baysox offensively in the bottom of the fourth with a lead-off line drive to center field to reach first, followed by a walk to Brandon Snyder. With Mike Yastrzemski batting, New Britain starter Brett Marshall (0-3, 6.51) threw a wild pitch, which allowed the runners to advance to second and third and Yastrzemski then hit a long sacrifice fly to right-center field to plate Martinez and give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
The Rock Cats tied the ball game at 1-1 in the fifth inning against Baysox starter Terry Doyle after Juan Ciriaco hit a single and was brought home on a double from Pat Valaika.
The Baysox jumped out in front in the sixth inning after another Martinez single and Brandon Snyder’s team leading sixth home run. The two run shot put Bowie up 3-1.
Back-to-back singles from Drew Dosch and Garabez Rosa set up another run for the Baysox in the bottom of the seventh inning. Quincy Latimore hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up a base and Corban Joseph hit a sacrifice fly to score Dosch and record his first RBI with the Bowie and give the Baysox a 4-1 lead.
Reliever Mychal Givens (3-1, 1.52) came on for Doyle in the eighth inning. It was Givens’ first appearance back with the Baysox after making his major league debut with the Orioles against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Givens threw two scoreless innings against New Britain, giving up just one hit, and picking up his 13th save of the year for Bowie. This was also Doyle’s fifth win in six appearances and team leading seventh with overall. His final line was seven innings, four hits, one run, one walk, and a season high nine strikeouts to lower his ERA to a team-best 2.37..
The Baysox begin a seven game roadtrip and head to Erie for a three game series starting Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Elih Villanueva (5-5, 2.54) gets the nod for Bowie as he tries to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since May 2 and May 7.
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