The Bowie Baysox and Trenton Thunder faced off in a rainy, gloomy Independence Day showdown at Prince George’s Stadium. The contest featured a 45 minute rain delay halfway through the fifth inning. Rain or not, the Thunder out-hit and out-executed the Baysox en route to a 7-2 loss for Bowie.
Matthew Grimes took the mound for the Baysox in his Eastern League debut. After getting up 0-2 on lead-off batter Tyler Wade, Wade launched a solo home for the early 1-0 lead.
Julio Borbon answered with a lead-off home run off his own in the bottom half of the first off of Thunder starter Chance Adams.
In the top of the second inning Mark Payton hit a lead-off single to right field and scored on a one-out Lane Adams double to left field. Dante Bichette Jr. then brought Adams home with a single to right field to give the Thunder a 3-1 advantage.
Following the rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Baysox attempted to mount their comeback. Reliever Cale Coshow replaced Adams on the mound. Adrian Marin drew a lead-off walk and moved to second when Julio Borbon reached on a one-out bunt single. Tucker Nathans then reached on a fielder’s choice as Borbon was forced out at second place. A throwing error by Trenton shortstop Wade on the play allowed Marin to score and cut the Thunder lead to 3-2.
Unfortunately, 3-2 was as close as the Baysox were going to get. Four runs on four hits in the top of the sixth frame blew the game open for the Thunder. Michael O’Neill hit a lead-off double to center field against Baysox reliever Genison Reyes and Wade then followed with a walk. A bunt single by Dustin Fowler loaded the bases before a sacrifice fly from Miguel Andujar and a double from Kyle Higashioka plated three runs. Reliever Jon Keller then replaced Reyes on the mound and surrendered a two-out single to Cito Culver that plated another run to make the score 7-2.
Grimes pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking two in the loss. Reyes recorded two outs and allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. Keller threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Reliever Stefan Crichton threw 1.2 scoreless innings for the Baysox to finish out the game.
Coshow earned the win for Trenton, throwing three innings in relief and allowing one unearned run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Baysox are home through Thursday, July 7 for a four-game homestand against the Trenton Thunder. The gates with open early at 5:00 p.m. for Tailgate Tuesday and hot dogs are $1 through the seventh inning stretch. RHP Jason Garcia (4-7, 4.94) will make the start for Bowie and he will be opposed by LHP Daniel Camarena (6-1, 2.31).
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.