The Baysox, “Knock on Wood”, played their last road game at home this season. Powered by Chance Sisco’s three-run home run, the Baysox ended their four game losing streak and avoided the four-game series sweep with a 5-3 win Thursday. After getting five solid innings from Matthew Grimes, the Bowie bullpen combined to throw four scoreless innings to secure the victory.
Hartford got on the board early. The Yard Goats scored a run without registering a hit in their first time at bat. In the bottom of the first inning, Omar Carrizales reached on a fielding error by Baysox shortstop Jonathan Schoop to start the inning and he then stole second base. Rosell Herrera then drew a walk from Baysox starter Matthew Grimes before a Dillon Thomas groundout moved both runners up one base. Noel Cuevas brought one run home with a sacrifice fly to center field to give Hartford a 1-0 lead.
The Yard Goats made it consecutive scoring innings when, with two outs, Juan Ciriaco singled to center field and Michael Benjamin followed with a single to left field. After a double steal, Carrizales brought both runners home with a single to left field to make the score 3-0.
The Baysox offense showed their first signs of the offense they have been the whole season all series in the top of the third inning. Glynn Davis and Quincy Latimore drew back-to-back one out walks off Hartford starter Alex Balog and Garabez Rosa followed with an RBI single to center field. Chance Sisco then knocked a three-run home-run bomb down the right field line to put the Baysox ahead 4-3.
Schoop and Drew Dosch led off the fourth inning with back-to-back bunt single. A Tucker Nathans flyout moved Schoop to third base. Glynn Davis then brought Schoop home with a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.
Grimes threw five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in the win. Reliever Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit and striking out three batters. Reliever Bobby Bundy pitched two scoreless innings, walking one batter and striking out another. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis earned his fifth save of the season in a scoreless ninth inning.
Balog took the loss, his first of the season, throwing six innings and allowing five runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Baysox are home through Sunday, Aug. 21 for a three game home series against the Akron RubberDucks. Friday is the Baysox first Summer Reading Night with Glow Stick Giveaway plus postgame fireworks. RHP Jason Garcia (5-8, 4.89) will make the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by LHP Rob Kaminsky (7-7, 3.50)
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