The Bowie Baysox (18-16) plated five in the first and held on for a 5-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (13-19) in the series opener on a cold and dreary Thursday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
Trailing 5-3, The Squirrels had the potential tying run in scoring position in the sixth, but RHP Jesus Liranzofanned Hunter Cole to end the threat. A pair of walks and a single had loaded the bases with two outs in the frame before Richmond plated a run on a Eliezer Zambrano RBI single and a bases-loaded walk.
Richmond threatened once again in the eighth with runners at the corners and one out, but RHP Ryan Meisingergot a pop out and a groundout to end the threat.
Baysox starter David Hess (5-1) was charged with the three runs on five hits to go along with four walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 IP. Liranzo (1.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K) and Meisinger (2.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K) combined to close things out for Bowie. Meisinger notched his fourth save of the season.
In the afore-mentioned five-run first, Austin Wynns delivered a two-run shot, Sean Coyle (2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI) knocked home a pair with a two-run double and Sharlon Schoop came through with an RBI infield single to give the Baysox a 5-1 lead. The home run was Wynns’ third of the season.
With his fifth win of the season, Hess has matched his win total from the 2016 campaign.
Richmond starter Matt Lujan (1-2) allowed the five runs on 10 hits while walking one and fanning four over six innings of work.
The five-run first came on the heels of the Flying Squirrels taking a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning courtesy of a solo shot from Cole.
Aderlin Rodriguez (2-4) and Garabez Rosa (2-4, R) also had multi-hit games for the Baysox.
The series continues on Friday at 7:05 p.m. as LHP Tanner Scott (0-0, 1.50) heads to the hill for the Baysox against Richmond RHP Cory Taylor (1-3, 5.47).