The Baysox hosted their annual Navy Night at Prince George’s Stadium Friday evening, but the Class of ’20 Plebes were not enough to help the Baysox defeat the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Flying Squirrels grabbed the early lead courtesy of two home runs and beat Bowie 6-2.
Steven Duggar led off the game with a single to right field off of Baysox starter Matthew Grimes. Christian Arroyo followed with a consecutive single to right field to put runners on the corners with no outs. With one out, Hunter Cole brought Duggar home on a sacrifice fly to give Richmond a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Ryder Jones led off with a solo home run to right-center field to make the score 2-0.
To make it three consecutive innings with runs on the board the Flying Squirrels broke the game open in the top of the third inning. Duggar hit a lead-off single and Arroyo followed with a walk before a C.J. Hinojosa double to left field to plate one run. Hunter Cole followed with a home run to left-center field to score three more runs and give the Flying Squirrels a 6-0 lead. After one more hit, Baysox reliever Scott McGough replaced Grimes on the mound to finish the inning.
The Baysox got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Julio Borbon provided the Baysox first hit of the night with a two-out solo home run to right field off Richmond starter Andrew Suarez to make the score 6-1.
Both teams’ bats went silent for the next few innings. In the bottom of the seventh Baysox home run leader, Quincy Latimore made some noise as he led off with a solo home run to left field to cut the Richmond lead to 6-2.
The Baysox loaded the bases in their final at bat and had the tying run at home plate, but were unable to “cash in” on the opportunity for a late game rally.
Grimes threw two innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk in the loss. McGough threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four batters. Relievers Tanner Scott and Jesus Liranzo combined to throw perfect seventh and eighth innings for the Baysox and Stefan Crichton threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Suarez picked up the win, throwing seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Aug. 11 for a seven game homestand against the Richmond Flying Squirrels and New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Saturday the Baysox will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:35 p.m. It’s Baysox Lu’au Night with a postgame fireworks show. RHP Jayson Aquino (5-8, 3.67) and RHP Jason Garcia (4-8, 5.28) will start both ends of the doubleheader for the Baysox.
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