A grand slam from Ozzie Martinez helped the Baysox bats wake up in an exciting series opener against Portland on Friday night. The Baysox nearly blew a six-run lead as the Sea Dogs rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth inning in an 8-7 loss to Bowie.
The Baysox did most of their damage early in the game against Portland starter Heri Quevedo. In the second inning, Brandon Snyder led off with a solo home run to right field. Trey Mancini was then walked by Quevedo and David Freitas followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Garabez Rosa doubled to bring Mancini home and add to the Baysox lead before Quincy Latimore singled to load the bases. With two outs, Martinez hit a Quevedo slider for a grand slam to give the Baysox a 6-0 lead. The home run was just Martinez’s second homer of the year and the team’s third grand slam.
The Baysox added to their lead in the third inning after a lead-off walk to Snyder and RBI double from Mancini that made the score 7-0.
The Sea Dogs fought back in the fifth inning against Baysox starter Parker Bridwell. First baseman David Chester led off with a double and was moved to third on a passed ball. Cole Sturgeon grounded out to first to score Portland’s first run of the night. Bridwell then began to struggle with his control as he walked four of the next five batters to bring home a second run and make the score 7-2.
The Baysox added another insurance run in the fifth inning after Mike Yastrzemski doubled off Portland reliever Mike McCarthy and was knocked in on another double from Mancini to give the Baysox an 8-2 lead.
That run proved critical for the Baysox in the top of the ninth inning as reliever Kenn Kasparek entered the game. The Sea Dogs opened the inning with four consecutive extra-base hits, capped off by a two-run homer from Jantzen Witte that quickly made the score 8-6. Andrew Triggs came in to replace Kasparek after he hit Keury De La Cruz and struck out Luis Martinez. De La Cruz moved to second base on a groundout and to third base on a two-out wild pitch before scoring on a Jonathan Roof infield single. That was the last run of the night as Oscar Tejeda was called out on strikes to end the game 8-7.
Bridwell threw 4.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three in a no decision. Reliever Dennis Torres threw 3.1 scoreless inning, allowing two hits and striking out three for the win. Kasparek allowed five runs on four hits while not recording an out to open the ninth inning and Triggs earned his first save of the season closing out the game.
Quevedo took the loss for Portland, throwing 2.1 innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking two.
The Baysox look to take the series against Portland on Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium at 6:35 p.m. with former Sea Dog Joe Gunkel (1-0, 0.00) on the mound against Portland’s William Cuevas (6-3, 3.46).
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