The Baysox dropped the first game of the series against Altoona on Friday night by a score of 6-3 after a big five-run Curve sixth inning. Baysox starter Chris Lee (3-1, 2.82) took his first loss of the season in four Baysox starts. Despite the loss, the Baysox hold a 4.5 game lead over both Altoona and Akron with a magic number of 12 to clinch a playoff spot.
The Baysox were able to score first after Brandon Snyder led off the bottom of the second with a single against Altoona starter Zack Dodson. Garabez Rosa was then walked and Glynn Davis singled to plate Snyder and give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
The Baysox took that lead into the sixth inning, until the Curve broke things open. Eric Wood led off the inning with a walk and was moved to third on a double from Adam Frazier. Max Moroff was then walked to load the bases, and Lee was relieved by Ashur Tolliver. With Jose Osuna at bat, a passed ball allowed Altoona to score their first run of the night. Osuna was then walked to load the bases again, and Barrett Barnes doubled to score two runs. Erich Weiss and Jacob Stallings followed with sacrifice flies to plate two more runs and give Altoona the 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, reliever Tom Harlan (5-3, 3.92) replaced Dodson and the Baysox took advantage. With two outs, David Freitas walked and Garabez Rosa hit his fourth homer of the year to make the score 5-3.
The Curve loaded the bases in the top of the ninth and Baysox reliever Pat McCoy walked in the final run of the game to give Altoona the 6-3 win. Dodson picked up his seventh win of the season after giving up one run on four hits over five innings.
Lee was charged with three runs on four hits over five innings with five strikeouts. Tolliver recorded one out and allowed two runs on one hit while walking one. Baysox reliever Andrew Robinson threw 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three batters. McCoy threw the final inning for the Baysox, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
The Baysox look to even the series tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium. Gene Escat (1-4, 3.19) takes the mound for Bowie against Jason Creasy (9-7, 4.55). Saturday is Kids Appreciation Night with a Baysox Glow-in-the-Dark T-Shirt giveaway for the first 500 kids ages 3-12.
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