The Baysox fell to Harrisburg 8-6 in the 2016 home finale at Prince George’s Stadium Thursday. The loss is the Baysox third in a row to the Senators and drops the team to 56-81 on the season. Bowie finishes the year 30-40 at home.
The Baysox got on the board quickly in the bottom of the second inning against Harrisburg starter and former Orioles farmhand Mark Blackmar. Henry Urrutia drew a one-out walk and scored on a Drew Dosch triple to center field. With two outs, Wynston Sawyer brought Dosch home with a single to left field in his first game of the season with the Baysox to give Bowie a 2-0 lead.
The Senators came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning against Baysox starter David Hess. Shawn Pleffner hit a lead-off double to center field and scored on a Jose Marmolejos single to center field and throwing error by Julio Borbon. With two outs, Marmolejos scored from second base on a Brian Jeroloman single to left field to even the score at 2-2.
Bowie answered to retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Urrutia drew another one-out walk and this time Dosch followed with a home run to right field to give the Baysox a 4-2 lead.
Harrisburg responded with a pair of their own runs to again tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. Rafael Baustista hit a lead-off single to right field and moved to third base on a Garabez Rosa fielding error that allowed Andrew Stevenson to reach on a fielder’s choice. Wilmer Difo followed with a single to right field to bring one run home and Pleffner the reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Stevenson out in a rundown between third base and home plate for the first out. With runners on second and third, Marmolejos grounded out to the pitcher to bring a second run home and tie the game 4-4.
The Senators struck again in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for the first time. Jeroloman hit a one-out single to right field and Sanchez followed with a single that deflected off Hess. Bautista then tripled to left field to bring home two more runs before Baysox reliever Logan Ondrusek replaced Hess on the mound. With two outs, Difo singled to center field to bring home Bautista and give Harrisburg a 7-4 lead.
The Baysox rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as Sharlon Schoop hit a lead-off single and Borbon followed with a walk before Harrisburg reliever Robert Benincasa entered the game. Chris Dickerson then reached on a throwing error by Pleffner to load the bases and Rosa brought one run home with a single to left field to make the score 7-5. Benincasa then got out of the jam with an infield fly-rule pop-out and a pair of strikeouts.
Harrisburg added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning against Baysox reliever Jeff Beliveau. Difo drew a lead-off walk and scored on a Pleffner double to center field to make the score 8-5.
Bowie attempted one final rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Harrisburg reliever Mitch Lively. Sawyer hit a one-out double to right-center field and moved to third base on a Schoop single to left-center field. Sawyer was able to score on a Borbon groundout to make the final score 8-6.
Hess threw 5.1 innings and allowed seven runs (three earned) on 11 hits while striking out three in the loss. Ondrusek threw 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Reliever Stefan Crichton pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Baysox, striking out one batter. Beliveau pitched the ninth inning and allowed one run on one hit and one walk with a strikeout.
Blackmar threw seven innings and allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in the win for Harrisburg.
The Baysox conclude the 2016 season on the road against the Akron RubberDucks with five games between Friday, Sep. 2 and Labor Day Monday, Sep. 5. On Friday, the Baysox will resume a game against Akron that was suspended in Bowie on Sunday, Aug. 21.
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