The Baysox pitching staff walked 11 batters and threw a season-high five wild pitches in a wild 7-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night. With the game tied 4-4 heading into the ninth inning, the Sea Dogs were able to score three runs to secure the win.
Baysox starter Eddie Gamboa tied a career-high with six walks and also threw four wild pitches while Portland starter Luis Diaz set a new career-high with five walks. Despite all the pitching struggles, the Baysox bullpen managed to strand a Portland runner on third base in each of the final five innings as Portland hit 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
After waiting until the ninth inning to score Tuesday, the Baysox got on the board in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday against Diaz. With one out, Niuman Romero and Buck Britton each singled followed by a K.D. Kang walk to load the bases. Romero was then able to score on a Ronald Bermudez sacrifice fly to give Bowie a 1-0 lead.
Chris Marrero put the Baysox up 2-0 with a one-out solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning.
Portland used a two-out rally to come back and take the lead in the top of the fourth inning after failing to get a hit off Gamboa in the first three innings. With two outs, Keury De La Cruz and Carson Blair walked and advanced on a wild pitch before scoring on a Jonathan Roof single to left field. With Roof at third base after a wild pitch, Michael Brenly brought him home with another single to left field to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead.
The Sea Dogs added to the lead in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Kelly Johnson walked and moved to third base on a pair of wild pitches before scoring on a Sean Coyle single to left field to make the score 4-2. Gamboa went on to load the bases with one out before being replaced on the mound by Steven Hensley, who was able to get out of the inning without allowing another run.
Bowie came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Bermudez and Garabez Rosa singled followed by a Michael Ohlman walk to load the bases. Marrero then walked to bring in a run before Aaron Kurcz replaced Diaz on the mound. Glynn Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Rosa home and make the score 4-4.
Portland broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning against DePaula. Michael Almanzar hit a lead off single to right field and moved to third base on a De La Cruz double to right field. Carson Blair brought Almanzar home with a single to right field and Jake Pettit came in to replace DePaula with one out and two runners on base. Brenly drew a walk to load the bases and with two outs, Shannon Wilkerson singled to center field to bring home two runs and give the Sea Dogs a 7-4 lead.
In his Baysox season debut, Gamboa pitched four and one-third innings and allowed four runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five in the no decision. Hensley pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, walking two batters and striking out three. Reliever Mychal Givens pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit while walking two and striking out two. Ashur Tolliver threw one pitch and recorded two outs in the top of the eighth inning, inducing a line-drive double play. DePaula pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on three hits while striking out one in the loss. Pettit recorded the final two outs for the Baysox, allowing one hit and walking one batter.
Portland reliever Aaron Kurcz picked up the win, pitching two and two-thirds scoreless innings and allowing one hit while striking out three.
LHP Nick Additon takes the mound for the Baysox Thursday as the team plays the final game in a three game home series against the Portland Sea Dogs. He will be opposed by RHP Justin Haley (0-1, 1.50).
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Aug. 7 for a three-game homestand against the Portland Sea Dogs that concludes with the Travis Pastrana bobblehead giveaway at 6:35 p.m. The team then departs for a six-game roadtrip with stops in Trenton and New Britain.
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