HARTFORD- Ryan McKenna slugged two home runs and Dean Kremer pitched seven scoreless innings, lifting the Bowie Baysox to a 6-2 win over the Hartford Yard Goats Tuesday night, before 5,823 at Dunkin' Donuts Park. It was Bowie's fifth win without a loss at Dunkin' Donuts Park and eighth in 11 games against the Yard Goats this season.
McKenna was part of a Bowie power surge that included five home runs, one night after the Baysox slugged four homers. Jesmuel Valentin, the son of former major league player Jose Valentin, started the onslaught with a two-run homer to right off of starter Matt Dennis. One out later, the son of Rafael Palmeiro, Preston Palmeiro, slugged a solo homer. The Baysox added two more runs off Dennis in the third on solo homers by McKenna and Carlos Perez. Dennis was lifted after four innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out one.
Meanwhile, Kremer, acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the LA Dodgers in the Manny Machado deal last season, held the Yard Goats to three hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. Reliever Alexander Guillen restored order for Hartford, pitching four scoreless innings and permitting one hit. He struck out seven.
McKenna launched his second homer of the game and ninth of the season off of reliever Tate Scioneaux in the ninth inning. Hartford erupted for two runs off of reliever Dillon Tate in the ninth inning on a Tyler Nevin single, a double by Bret Boswell and Alan Trejo's two-run single.
Trejo had two hits and two RBI and Vance Vizcaino two singles to lead the Hartford attack. McKenna's two homers and two RBI led the Baysox.
The series and home stand wraps up on Wednesday at 7:05 PM. LHP Jack Wynkoop will pitch for Hartford against LHP Mike Baumann for Bowie. The game will be broadcast on News Radio 1410 AM, on 100.9 FM, in Spanish on 1120 AM and on the Internet on newsradio1410.iheart.com and on MiLB.com. A fireworks display presented by Atlas Fireworks follows the game in honor of the 4th of July. Before the game at 5:30 PM, a Naturalization Ceremony will take place, as 60 residents take the oath to become U.S. Citizens. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will participate in the ceremony, along with the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club.
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