The first three games in this weekend series against Richmond, including today’s doubleheader, have all been decided in blowout fashion. Saturday each team won a game by a score of 8-2 with the winning team knocking 12 hits and the losing team recording just six hits and an error.
Game 1 belonged to the Baysox and in their first at-bat wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Julio Borbon hit a lead-off single to center field against Richmond starter Matt Gage and Sharlon Schoop followed with an RBI triple to center field. With one out, Garabez Rosa brought Schoop home on a ground out to second base to put the Baysox up 2-0.
In the bottom half of the second, Henry Urrutia continued his hot hitting with a lead-off single that deflected off pitcher Matt Gage and Drew Dosch drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Borbon and Schoop hit back-to-back singles to plate a pair of runs before Chance Sisco walked to load the bases. The final run of the inning scored when Rosa reached on a fielding error by Gage to give the Baysox a 5-0 lead.
The Baysox scored consecutively in the first three innings. Urrutia hit a lead-off single to left field and moved to third base on a Quincy Latimore double to left field. Both runs scored on a Drew Dosch double down the right field line to give the Baysox a 7-0 lead. Richmond reliever Jose Casilla replaced Gage on the mound to finish the inning.
Richmond ended the Baysox seven unanswered runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tyler Horan drew a lead-off walk against Baysox starter Jason Garcia and Steve Lerud followed with a single to center field. With one out, Christian Arroyo singled to center field to bring a run home and make the score 7-1.
In the bottom half of the same inning, Adrian Marin and the Baysox responded as he hit a solo home run to left field off Richmond reliever Carlos Alvarado to give the Baysox an 8-1 lead.
To lead off the seventh frame Carlos Moncrief hit a single to right field against Baysox reliever Donnie Hart but was forced out at second base when Chris Shaw reached on a fielder’s choice. Ryder Jones followed with a double to right field before Brandon Bednar plated Shaw with a groundout to make the score 8-2
Garcia picked up the win, throwing six innings and allowing one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Hart threw the seventh inning and allowed one run on two hits.
Gage threw two innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out two in the loss.
The second game was a different story. Actually, it was eerily similar to the first, but the roles were switched. In the top of the second inning, Moncrief hit a two-out single to left field against Baysox starter Jayson Aquino and Bednar followed with a single to center field. Jeff Arnold then brought both runs home with a double to left field to give the Flying Squirrels a 2-0 lead.
The third inning saw two more Richmond runs cross the plate. C.J. Hinojosa hit a two-out single to left field and went to third base on a Cole single to left field. Shaw then doubled to center field to plate both runs and make the score 4-0.
It was now Richmond turn to have runs score in three consecutive innings. Arnold hit a one-out home run to right-center field to extend the Richmond lead to 5-0.
The Baysox would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Urrutia hit a one-out single to right field against Richmond starter Christian Jones and Joey Terdoslavich followed with a double to right field. After Latimore walked to load the bases, Tyler Mizenko replaced Jones on the mound. With two outs, Chris O’Brien walked to bring home a run before Mizenko got out of the jam with Richmond leading 5-1.
In their next at bat the Baysox saw two walks and a Rosa single to center field to load the bases with no one out. Unfortunately, for Bowie, Urrutia grounded into a double play that brought one run home. After a Terdoslavich walk, Preston Claiborne replaced Mizenko on the mound to record the final out and keep the score 5-2.
The sixth inning started with Moncrief being awarded first base after getting hit-by-a-pitch. He moved to second base on a wild pitch. With one out, Jimmy Yacabonis replaced Aquino on the mound and surrendered a single to Arnold that put runners at the corners. Darren Ford drew a walk to load the bases before a passed ball on O’Brien moved everyone up one base and scored a run. Steven Duggar then plated two more runs with a single to left field to give Richmond an 8-2 lead.
Aquino threw 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking one in the loss. Yacabonis recorded the final two outs in the sixth inning, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Reliever Stefan Crichton pitched the seventh inning for the Baysox, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Aug. 11 for a seven game homestand against the Richmond Flying Squirrels and New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Sunday is Minions Day with the Mannyion bobblehead giveaway starting at 2:05 p.m. LHP John Means (3-5, 5.25) will start for Bowie and he will be opposed by RHP Kyle Crick (3-9, 5.55).
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