The Bowie Baysox used a seven-run seventh inning to come from behind and beat the Erie SeaWolves by a score of 12-6 on Friday night. The win improves the Baysox to 15-13 on the season and moved them back into first place in the Western Division.
After about a 30 minute rain delay to start the game, the Baysox wasted no time striking first. With one out in the top of the first inning, second baseman Greg Miclat singled to center and then stole second base. After first baseman Brandon Waring grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning, designated hitter Robbie Widlansky was hit by a pitch. Catcher Caleb Joseph then hit an RBI single that allowed Miclat to score. The next batter, shortstop Pedro Florimon, doubled to knock in two more runs and give the Baysox a 3-0 lead after half an inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, the SeaWolves answered back with three runs of their own. They would load up the bases on a walk, double and then another walk. With one out in the inning, Justin Henry hit a two-run single to center field to cut the lead to one run. Shawn Roof would then knock in the game tying run on a single to left field and the score was 3-3 after two innings.
The Baysox would take the lead back in the top of the fourth inning. After Florimon walked, right fielder Ronnie Welty hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to give the Baysox a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the SeaWolves took their first lead of the game. With one out, Rawley Bishop walked and then Audy Ciriaco doubled to put runners at second and third. Michael Bertram would knock in both runners with a two-run single. Henry then gave the SeaWolves the lead with a double to make the score 6-5 after five innings.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Baysox scored seven runs to take the lead back for good. They would load up the bases with no one out on a walk by left fielder Kyle Hudson, a single by center fielder Xavier Avery and a walk by Miclat. Waring then hit a ball back to the pitcher Cory Hamilton, who would attempt to get the force out on Hudson at the plate, but the catcher dropped the ball and a run scored. With the very next batter Widlansky at the plate, Hamilton threw a wild pitch that would allow Avery to score and give the Baysox the lead. After a walk to Joseph that would load the bases back up, Welty wasted no time clearing them with a double that extended the lead to four runs. Third baseman Carlos Rojas then added to the lead with another RBI single that scored Welty. After Hudson singled, Avery picked up his second hit of the inning on a single to right that knocked in the seventh and final run of the inning to give the Baysox a 12-6 lead.
Right-handed pitcher Zach Clark started the game for the Baysox, but did not factor into the decision after giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings pitched. The win went to right-handed pitcher Dan Klein who threw a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning and struck out one batter. The win is Klein's first with the Baysox.
Left-handed pitchers Pedro Viola and Cole McCurry would finish off the game by combining to throw three shutout innings in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Cory Hamilton got the loss in the game allowing five runs, but only one earned on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
Tomorrow in game two of the series it will be RHP Wynn Pelzer (1-2, 1.44) going for the Baysox against the Seawolves' RHP L.J. Gagnier (2-1, 3.33) with a scheduled 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
The Baysox will be on the road May 6-8, but return home for a seven game home stand on Monday, May 9. For more information on Baysox promotions and theme nights, visit www.baysox.com.
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