Despite a six-run ninth inning lead, the Baysox only snuck away with a 7-6 victory in the series opener Monday after a furious Harrisburg rally. Four insurance runs in the seventh inning, including a Quincy Latimore three-run homer, proved to be the difference in the game.
Harrisburg took an early lead in the top of the first inning against Baysox starter Jason Garcia. Rafael Bautista hit a lead-off single to right field and stole second base before moving to third base on a groundout. With two outs, Kevin Keyes singled on a ball that deflected off Garcia to plate Bautista and give the Senators a 1-0 lead.
The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the third inning against Harrisburg starter Tyler Mapes. Chance Sisco hit a one-out double to left field, moved to third base on a Garabez Rosa infield single and scored on a Henry Urrutia groundout to even the score 1-1.
Bowie took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after back-to-back-to-back singles from Glynn Davis, Adrian Marin and Drew Dosch brought home a run and make the score 2-1.
The Baysox scored again in the fifth inning and Sisco again got it started when he reached on a lead-off walk. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third base on a flyout before scoring on a Joey Terdoslavich single to center field to give the Baysox a 3-1 lead.
Bowie blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning against Harrisburg reliever Derek Self. Rosa hit a one-out double to left field and Urrutia followed with a walk. Terdoslavich brought the first run home with a single to center field and Latimore capped off the scoring with a three-run blast to left-center field to put the Baysox up 7-1.
The Senators threatened in the top of the ninth inning against Baysox reliever Jeff Beliveau. Keyes drew a lead-off but was forced out at second base when Jose Marmolejos reached base. Isaac Ballou then reached on a fielding error by Marin at shortstop before a Stephen Perez walk loaded the bases. Reliever Scott McGough then replaced Beliveau on the mound and surrendered a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly that brought three runs home. Andrew Stevenson then walked to load the bases and Wilmer Difo followed with a two-RBI single to left field to cut the Baysox lead to 7-6 before reliever Bobby Bundy recorded the final out.
Garcia threw five innings and allowed one run on three hits while walking four batters and striking out three in the win. Reliever Stefan Crichton threw two scoreless innings behind Garcia, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. Beliveau pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three unearned runs with no hits and two walks. McGough recorded just one out while allowing two team unearned runs on three hits and a walk while Bundy recorded the final out of the game for his first save.
Mapes took the loss for Harrisburg, throwing five innings and allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking one.
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Sep. 1 for the final four game home series of the season against the Harrisburg Senators. Tuesday is Dollar Dog Night and Tailgate Tuesday starting at 7:05 p.m. LHP John Means (4-6, 4.70) will make the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by RHP Phillips Valdez (4-4, 5.05).
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