The Baysox bullpen shined in a doubleheader sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels Friday evening. Starters Tim Bascom and Chris Petrini, who have both been primarily bullpen pitchers this season, each threw four shutout innings to start off each game.
Bowie scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to help take game one 5-2 and they shut out the Flying Squirrels 3-0 to complete the sweep. In game two, Clay Schrader and Marcel Prado did not allow a hit in closing out the game.
“To pitch out of our pen – both of the starters didn’t have much time in that position this season – and to go as deep as they did and keep us in the game and put up some zeros was really huge,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “The guys that came in and bridged that gap did a nice job. That was the best Schrader had looked all year – his breaking ball was good and the fastball got on them.”
The Baysox took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning against Richmond starter Craig Westcott. Center fielder Trayvon Robinson hit a lead off single to center field and shortstop Niuman Romero followed with a walk. Catcher Caleb Joseph reached on a force out that eliminated Robinson at third base and both runners advanced after a throwing error on the third baseman. First baseman Aaron Baker plated Romero with a two-out single to right field that gave Bowie a 1-0 lead.
Richmond tied the game in the top of the fifth inning against reliever Jason Gurka. Jarrett Parker drew a one-out walk and moved to third base on a two-out Skyler Stromsmoe double to center field before scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1.
Bowie took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning. Romero drew a lead off walk, moved to third base on a Joseph double to center field and scored on a Ronny Paulino single to left field that made the score 2-1. Josh Osich then replaced Westcott on the mound to finish out the inning.
The Flying Squirrels again came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning against reliever Oliver Drake. Javier Herrera hit a lead off single to right field and moved to second base on an Adam Duvall groundout. With two outs, Angel Villalona brought Herrera home with a double down the right field line to tie the game 2-2.
The Baysox battled back to retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Josh Horton hit a lead off double to left field and left fielder Kyle Hudson followed with a walk. After Robinson drew a walk to load the bases, Edwin Quirarte replaced Osich on the mound. Romero then hit a two-RBI single and Joseph followed with a sacrifice fly to bring three runs home and give Bowie a 5-2 lead.
Bascom pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three and walking one. Gurka pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit while striking out one and walking one. Drake picked up the win, pitching the final two innings and allowing one run on two hits while walking one and striking out three.
Osich took the loss for Richmond, pitching one inning and allowing three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three batters.
The Baysox again took the early lead in the first inning of Game 2 against Richmond starter Ryan Bradley. Left fielder Caleb Joseph hit a two-out single to left field and moved to second base on a wild pitch before scoring on a Luis Martinez single to center field to make the score 1-0.
A Brandon Waring solo home run in the bottom of the second inning gave the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
Bowie added to the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against reliever Phil McCormick. Right fielder Chris Pettit reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop to lead off the inning. Romero then drew a one out walk and Edwin Quirarte replaced McCormick on the mound. Joseph followed with a single to left field to plate Pettit and make the score 3-0.
Petrini pitched four scoreless innings in game 2, allowing two hits while striking out four and walking one. Reliever Clay Schrader pitched two scoreless innings, not allowing a hit and striking out three. Prado pitched a perfect seventh inning for his ninth save of the season.
Bradley took the loss for Richmond, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out one.
RHP Tyler Wilson (3-1, 2.67) takes the mound for the Baysox in the fourth game of a five game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels Saturday. He will be opposed by LHP Edwin Escobar (0-0, 0.00)
The Baysox are home through Sunday, July 14 for a four game homestand against Richmond. Highlights include Women in Sports Night Saturday, July 13 during a 6:35 p.m. game and the Aces & Bases Tennis Event Sunday, July 14 at 6:05 p.m.
Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 2013 season and 20th season of baseball at Prince George’s Stadium is underway. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are available at www.baysox.com, or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.