Defense dooms Baysox in loss

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Baysox2016A pair of Baysox errors led to four unearned runs for Erie in a 7-1 loss to the SeaWolves Wednesday afternoon. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Baysox as the team fell short of a series sweep against Erie. Despite 12 hits, the Baysox managed just one run and stranded a season-high 12 runners on base. 

The SeaWolves jumped out to a quick start against Baysox starter Joe Gunkel, scoring in each of the first three innings. Erie scored twice in the first inning after a botched double play attempt led to a fielding error by Garabez Rosa and extended the inning for the SeaWolves. 

Errors were again a factor in the second inning as the SeaWolves scored four unearned runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Drew Longley reached on a fielding error by Drew Dosch at third base and Erie then began its two-out rally two batters later. Harold Castro brought one run home with an RBI single up the middle and Jason Krizan tripled through the hole at second with the bases loaded to bring three more runs home. 

Dominic Ficociello led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to left field to extend the Erie lead to 7-0.

The Baysox got one run back in the top of the fourth inning against Erie starter Tommy Collier. Trey Mancini, Garabez Rosa and Corban Joseph singled to load the bases but only one run came home on an Adrian Marin single to left-center field that made the score 7-1. 

Gunkel threw 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out two and walking one in his third loss. Relievers Jon Keller, Bobby Bundy and Garrett Cortright threw 4.2 hitless innings behind Gunkel, walking just one batter.

Collier picked up the win for Erie, throwing five innings and allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four and walking one. 

Thursday, the Baysox open a four-game home series against the Harrisburg Senators. RHP David Hess (0-1, 3.60) is scheduled to take the mound for Bowie and he will be opposed by RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 4.09). 

The Baysox return home Thursday, Apr. 21 for a seven-game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators and Richmond Flying Squirrels. Promotional highlights include Pie Night Thursday at 6:35 p.m. and a pair of fireworks nights following the games on Friday and Saturday.

The 2016 Bowie Baysox season is presented by Money One Federal Credit Union. The Baysox 2016 season is underway. Don’t miss a minute of the action as the Baysox defend their 2015 Eastern League Championship. Single game tickets are now on sale at www.baysox.com.

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