The Bowie Baysox split a doubleheader with the Thunder Saturday evening in Trenton. After losing the first game 3-2 and winning the second 5-4, Bowie is now 69-57 on the season, one game behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division.
The Baysox were held to two runs on three hits in the first game, all of which came in the top of the third inning. After the first six Baysox batters were retired in order, shortstop Pedro Florimon led off the top of the third frame with a single to center field and stole second base. Catcher Caleb Joseph followed with a single to left field, putting runners on the corners with nobody out.
Right fielder Ronnie Welty plated Florimon with a sacrifice fly to center field before Joseph stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch with center fielder Xavier Avery batting. Avery drew a walk and second baseman Greg Miclat capped the scoring with a single left field, scoring Joseph and putting Bowie in front 2-0 before left fielder LJ Hoes grounded into an inning-ending double play. The Baysox final 12 batters of the game were retired in order.
After allowing a pair of hits in the bottom of the first inning, Baysox left-hander Mike Ballard allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the third inning. Yadil Mujica led off the bottom of the third frame with a double to left field and Ballard walked Addison Maruszak to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Ballard recorded a pop out for the first out of the inning, but Corban Joseph lined a single to center field to plate Mujica. After a fly out for the second out of the inning, Zolio Almonte lifted a two-run double to left field to put Trenton in front 3-2.
Ballard was charged with the loss after holding the Thunder to three runs on six hits and a walk in the complete game effort while striking out seven. With the loss, he is now 7-2 on the season.
In the second game, Trenton jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning against Baysox right-hander Eddie Gamboa. Leadoff hitter Austin Krum tripled to center field and scored when Corban Joseph hit an infield single back to the mound. Raymond Kruml singled to right field to put runners on the corners and Robert Lyerly lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Joseph and record the first out of the inning. Kruml stole second base with Almonte batting and advanced to third base on catcher Steve Lerud's throwing error on the play. Almonte lifted another sacrifice fly to put Trenton in front 3-0, and Damon Sublett tripled to center field before Jose Pirela lined out to end the frame.
Bowie tied the game with three runs in the top of the third inning. Miclat drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Hoes. Mahoney followed with a single to short left field to score Miclat and right fielder Buck Britton pushed Hoes across the plate with a single to right field. Third baseman Brandon Waring recorded the Baysox fourth consecutive hit with a single to left field as Mahoney scored to tie the game at 3-3. Designated hitter Aaron Baker flew out and Florimon grounded out to end the inning.
Gamboa ran into trouble again in the bottom of the third inning. Corban Joseph singled to right field for his second hit of the game and Kruml reached on a fielding error by Mahoney to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Gamboa struck out Lyerly for the first out, but Almonte drove in Joseph with a single to right field and Gamboa was relieved by Raul Rivero.
Sublett welcomed Rivero to the game with an infield single to second base to load the bases before Pirela and Jose Gil both grounded out to end the inning with Trenton in front 4-3.
Waring put Bowie back in front with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Mahoney was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to third base when Britton lined a double into center field. Waring drove in both runners with a single to left field, giving the slugger three hits and three RBIs in the contest.
Rivero worked a scoreless bottom of the fourth inning before being relieved by left-hander Pedro Viola. Viola threw two scoreless innings, holding the Thunder to one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. Right-hander Jose Diaz loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but kept the Thunder from scoring to close out the victory for Bowie and notch his 20th save. Rivero earned the win, improving to 4-2 on the season.
RHP Tim Bascom (8-3, 3.26) takes the mound for the Baysox in the final game of the series against Trenton Sunday at 5:50 p.m. He is opposed by LHP Shaeffer Hall (10-7, 4.40). The Baysox return home Monday, August 22 for a three-game home stand against Akron.
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