On the night the Bowie Baysox officially changed their name to the Bowie Baysox in honor of the late David Bowie, the team channeled some of his magic in a 5-4 walk-off win over the Erie SeaWolves. Two runs on three hits in the ninth inning were enough to overcome a one run deficit. This marks the third time the Baysox have greeted their fans to a walk-off win this season.
Baltimore Orioles RHP Darren O’Day made the start for the Baysox on a MLB Rehab Assignment. He threw one inning and allowed one hit while striking out two batters.
The Baysox offense wasted no time in getting rolling this evening. In their first at bat, Chance Sisco hit a two-out home run to right field off Erie starter David Martinez to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the second provided more of the same story. Sharlon Schoop hit a lead-off home run to left field to make the score 2-0.
The Baysox scored in their first three at bats to start the game. In the third frame, Drew Dosch hit a one-out triple to right field and scored on a Garabez Rosa groundout to give the Baysox a 3-0 lead.
The SeaWolves bats woke up in the sixth inning as they manufactured three runs. Mike Gerber drew a lead-off walk and Jason Krizan singled on a bunt ground ball to third base. Corey Jones followed with an RBI double before a pair of sacrifice flies plated two more runs to tie the score 3-3.
In the top of the eighth inning, facing Baysox reliever Tanner Scott, who was making his Double-A debut, Dominic Ficociello and Grayson Greiner hit back-to-back doubles on consecutive pitches to score a run and give the SeaWolves a 4-3 lead.
In their final at bat, the Baysox got their rally started with a one-out single off the bat of Chris O’Brien. Connor Bierfeldt pinch ran for O’Brien and advanced to second after a single by Adrian Marin. With two runners on and one out, Jay Gonzalez singled to left field to score Bierfeldt. On the play, left fielder Krizan committed a throwing error that allowed both runners to move up. With runners on second and third, Dosch was intentionally walked to bring up Rosa with the bases loaded and one out. Rosa delivered with a sac-fly to score the game winning run and make the final score 5-4.
Pitching behind O’Day, Baysox RHP Brandon Barker threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out a career-high 10 batters in a no decision. Scott pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits in the loss. Reliever Stefan Crichton earned the win as he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, walking one batter and striking out another.
Erie reliever Joe Jimenez earned the blown save and the loss after throwing two-thirds of an inning the two Baysox runs in the ninth.
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, July 27 for a seven-game homestand against the Erie SeaWolves and Hartford Yard Goats. Saturday is Harry Potter Night at 6:35 p.m. with pre-game Quidditch and post-game fireworks. RHP David Hess (4-9, 5.23) will make the start for the Baysox.
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.