Despite digging out of an early 3-0 hole in the middle innings, the Bowie Baysox fell 9-5 to the Somerset Patriots on Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium.
Right-hander Carlos Tavera struggled to find the zone in the top half of the first for Bowie. Tavera walked three and allowed an RBI single to Auston Wells that got Somerset out to an early 1-0 lead. Tavera was able to limit the damage there, and settle in until a troublesome fourth inning sparked. Tyler Hardman led off the frame with a solo home run – his third of the series. T.J. Rumfield followed suit with a double, advancing to third on a single from Eric Wagaman before being plated on a sacrifice fly from Delvin Perez to extend the Patriots’ lead to 3-0.
Meanwhile, the Baysox bats had struggled to get going against Somerset right-hander Chase Hampton, who fired just 35 pitches through the first four innings – 29 for strikes, allowing just two hits in the process. However, in the fifth, Bowie had its breakthrough. With two outs and the bases empty, the bottom third of the Baysox lineup struck for three-consecutive hits. Joseph Rosa began the rally with a single and stolen base, before coming around to score on an RBI double from Anthony Servideo to get Bowie on the board. Servideo was plated immediately on an RBI single from Zach Watson, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Tavera would exit after five frames, handing the ball to right-hander Ignacio Fleiz. In his second Double-A outing, Feliz, much like Tavera, surrendered a leadoff home run to Hardman, his second of the game, restoring a two-run lead for the Patriots at 4-2. In the sixth, Bowie continued to pounce on Hampton a third time through the lineup. Coby Mayo led off the frame with a solo home run to match Hardman and get the Baysox back within a run. After a walk and stolen base from John Rhodes, Billy Cook scalded an RBI double to center field, tying the game at four. The pursuit wouldn’t end there, as Rosa lined an RBI single into center, scoring Cook and giving the Baysox their first lead of the evening at 5-4.
That lead, however, would not last long. In the top of the seventh, Somerset immediately seized momentum back in a second inning of relief for Feliz. A walk to Trey Sweeney and single by Jasson Dominguez kicked off the frame, before an error from Rosa at shortstop scored Sweeney and brought Dominguez to third. Now a tied game, Somerset took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Wells for his second run driven in on the night. With two outs, Hardman hammered his third home run of the night. The two-run shot gave the Patriots an 8-5 advantage. Somerset would tack on another in the eighth on an RBI single from Sweeney. Feliz (L, 0-1), allowed four of his five runs as earned in his two innings on the mound.
The Baysox, meanwhile, were held in check through the later innings by the Patriots bullpen, as Bowie collected just a single hit against the three Somerset relievers. Right-hander Danny Watson (W, 2-0) relieved Hampton and recorded the final out of the sixth, before posting a scoreless seventh, with Justin Wilson and Zac Houston contributing scoreless innings for the Patriots as well.
The loss drops Bowie’s record to 32-41 on the season. The Baysox and Patriots look to resume their six-game series on Sunday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET from Prince George’s Stadium.