The Bowie Baysox start this last week of June off with a 33-41 record,with reinforcements such as Ryan McKenna and Corban Joseph returning hopefully the Baysox can string a couple good weeks together. Here is a recap from each of the games this last week.
Game 1: 6/25/18: Rubberducks 12 Baysox 5
It seemed like it was a big day offensively for the Baysox but the pitching wasn’t there. The Baysox were only outhit by one hit but lost by 7. Mountcastle had the most impressive day with 3 hits including a home run. Corban Joseph also hit his 9th of the year. Ryan McKenna was bumped up to the lead off spot but went 0-5, it always takes time for the player to catch on, McKenna will get it soon. Brian Gonzalez started off pitching going 3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) Cameron Ming allowed 4 earned runs, Jay Flaa threw 2 scoreless, and Michael Kelly gave up 3 earned runs in just an inning.
Game 2: 6/26/18: Rubberducks 4 Baysox 8
Keegan Akin did not have his best stuff tonight, eventually came out early with an apparent groin injury. Despite his struggles he still was effective, he went 4 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, and striking out 5. Akin walked 6 batters which is how one could tell something was wrong, hopefully the recovery time isn’t too long. Luis Gonzalez continues to perform in the workhorse/closer role. In this one, Gonzalez went 3 innings, allowing 1 earned run. Branden Kline was solid, going 2 innings and allowing an earned run. Aderlin Rodriguez jacked a pivotal 3-run homer in the bottom of the first to set the tone of the game. Audry Perez had a nice day at the plate with 2 home runs. The player of the game is Audry Perez for his 2 HRs.
Game 3: 6/27/18: Rubberducks 13 Baysox 3
A rough one for the Baysox to say the least… Lucas Long does not get the start anybody was hoping for as he went 1.2 innings, allowing 8 earned runs. Michael Kelly gave up the majority of the rest of the runs, 4 runs in 3 innings. Anthony Santander got things started in the first inning with a 2-run home run, but it just wasn’t the Baysox day. There really isn’t much to say about this game, just awful pitching.
Game 4: 6/28/18: Rubberducks 6 Baysox 4
Luis Ysla got the ball to start off as he went 4 innings, allowing 6 earned runs. Matthew Grimes was great in relief with 5 scoreless innings. Aderlin Rodriguez slugged a huge 3-run homer, attempting to spark the comeback, it wasn’t enough because besides that all there was, was a sac fly from Santander in the 8th. So the Baysox almost completed the comeback but couldn’t pull through the rest of the way.
Game 5: 6/29/18: Baysox 3 Seawolves 4
Christian Binford was decent as he went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs. Reid Love allowed an unearned run and Jay Flaa threw a scoreless inning. The pitching was solid today but the offense was not as good as it should have been to win the game. Jaycob Brugman who was acquired from the Athletics organization in the offseason led the way today for the Baysox with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, one of those hits being a home run. Brugman has played most of the season in Norfolk but didn’t play the way the orioles had hoped, the Tides outfield consists of Joey Rickard, DJ Stewart, Cedric Mullins, and Mike Yastrzemski who are all outplaying Brugman at the moment. Anyways, Ademar Rifaela was the only other Baysox hitter with multiple hits.
Game 6: 6/30/18: Baysox 2 Seawolves 1
Brian Gonzalez was fabulous, as he bounced back from his last start, the final stat line for the big lefty was 7 innings, allowing 1 run, while striking out 9 batters. Branden Kline was also great, throwing 2 scoreless innings for the save. Offensively for the Baysox, both of the runs they scored were off of triples, Ryan Mountcastle tripled in the 6th to stay hot and Anthony Santander tripled in the 8th. The player of the game goes to Brian Gonzalez for his great outing on the mound.
Game 7: 7/1/18: Baysox 12 Seawolves 10
Lucas Long was not his best as he went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs. It was definitely better than his last start so hopefully he continues to improve. Muckenhirn, Luis Gonzalez, and Kline, each allowed at least a run but a win is a win. It was a home run derby for both teams as Bowie finished with 7 and Erie with 4. Corban Joseph homered in his at bat back from being on waivers, Martin Cervenka slugged 2 homers, Ademar Rifaela hit his 3rd of the year, Aderlin Rodriguez with his 10th, Santander with his 5 in Bowie, and Ryan McKenna with his 1st in Bowie. Martin Cervenka gets the player of the game for 2 home runs, 3 hits, 4 RBIs.
So the Baysox ended the week with a bang but are still 9 games below .500, there is still work to be done but with Joseph hopefully staying down the stretch, McKenna heating up, the pitching getting back to its full potential, I think the Baysox can do it, these next few weeks will be crucial but still plenty of baseball left to be played.