For the second time in as many nights the Baysox have lost a one-run game in which they were leading and had the game-tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning. In a game where Baysox starter Jason Garcia dominated through five innings, Hartford has managed to come into Bowie and steal the first two games of this three-game series by the narrowest of margins. Bowie’s 6-5 loss tonight brings them to a record of 11-20 in 1-run games on the season.
The bottom of the second inning saw the game’s first run scored. Garabez Rosa hit a lead-off single to right field and Joey Terdoslavich then reached on a dropped throw error by Hartford starter Zach Jemiola. With two outs, Connor Bierfeldt brought Rosa home with a double to left field to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
Bierfeldt continued his strong night in the bottom of the fifth frame. He hit a lead-off single to shortstop and moved to second base on a Jay Gonzalez sacrifice bunt. Drew Dosch then walked but was thrown out at second base when Sharlon Schoop reached on a fielder’s choice. Chance Sisco brought Bierfeldt home with a two-out single to right field to give the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
Baysox starter Jason Garcia carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before running into trouble. He hit a batter and walked two more to load the bases before a Raimel Tapia brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. Pat Valaika picked up the Yard Goats first hit of the night, a double to left field that brought home a run and Rosell Herrera followed with a two-out single to center field that plated two more runs to give Hartford a 4-2 lead. Reliever Bobby Bundy replaced Garcia on the mound to get the last out of the inning.
The Baysox determined to not squander another lead retaliated in the sixth inning. Quincy Latimore hit a one out single to left field and Chris O’Brien followed with his sixth home run of the season, a line drive to left field to tie the score 4-4.
Hartford showed their resilience once again in the top of the eighth inning. Dillon Thomas and Herrera hit back-to-back one-out singles before Stefan Crichton replaced Bundy on the mound. Ryan McMahon then drew a walk to load the bases before Ashley Graeter came through with a two-out single to right field that plated two runs to give the Yard Goats a 6-4 lead.
Terdoslavich struck back in the bottom of the sixth as he led off the inning with a solo home run to left field off Hartford reliever Austin House to make the score 6-5.
Garcia threw 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five in the no decision. Bundy threw 1.2 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in the loss. Crichton recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out one batter. Reliever Parker Bridwell pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two batters.
Hartford reliever Konner Wade picked up the win, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.
The Baysox conclude a seven-game homestand with some day baseball against the Hartford Yard Goats at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday. Thursday, the team departs on an eight-game road trip with stops in Akron and Reading before returning home Friday, August 5. LHP John Means (3-3, 4.53) will make the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by LHP Sam Howard (1-5, 5.83).
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