The Bowie Baysox are unfortunately now 9 games below .500. They are looking for a big week to get closer to an even record and to finish strong before the all star break. Here is a recap from each of the games this past week.
Game 1: 7/2/18: Baysox 1 Seawolves 11
Matthew Grimes did not have a good start at all. Grimes lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned), on top of that Michael Kelly allowed 5 runs in just 1.2 innings of work. Kelly raises his ERA to 10.58 in 43 innings this season. It is very tough for the offense to get back into the game with pitching like that, so the only run that was scored on the Baysox side was a sacrifice fly out from Anderson Feliz.
Game 2: 7/3/18: Baysox 3 Seawolves 4
Tough loss as the Baysox lose with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Reid Love was charged with the loss as he allowed 3 earned runs in 2.1 innings, including a walk off 2 run homer. Luis Ysla earned the quality start as he pitched 6 innings, allowing just 2 hits, 1 run, and 7 strikeouts. Martin Cervenka was really the only producer as he doubled in a run and grounded into a double play for a run. Ryan McKenna drew the bases loaded walk also.
Game 3: 7/4/18: Senators 6 Baysox 7 Final/10
A come from behind victory on July 4th in Bowie! The Baysox did not get a good start from Christian Binford as he went just 3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 ER) despite the unproductive start from Binford, Jay Flaa, Tanner Chleborad, Luis Gonzalez, and Branden Kline were all fantastic out of the bullpen, combining for 7 innings and only allowing 1 unearned run. While the bullpen was working the offense was working to get back into the ballgame. Going into the 6th inning the Baysox were down 5-1, the offense never gave up as Anderson Feliz and Ryan Mountcastle had a few key hits to keep the Baysox in the ballgame. In the bottom of the 10th, Corban Joseph singles up the middle to tie the ballgame and Aderlin Rodriguez singles to left field with 2 outs to walk it off. The player of the game goes to Anderson Feliz for 2 clutch singles in the last few innings to get the Baysox back into the game.
Game 4: 7/5/18: Senators 8 Baysox 5
Brian Gonzalez does not pitch well again, he goes 4.1 innings, allowing 4 runs. Tanner Chleborad has a bit of a hiccup as he allows 3 runs in 1.1 innings. Ademar Rifaela and Ryan Mountcastle each had two hits and Rifaela had 2 RBIs. Aderlin Rodriguez homered.
Game 5: 7/6/18: Senators 11 Baysox 0
The Baysox get shutout in a blowout loss. Keegan Akin struggles, allowing b4 earned runs, in 2 innings but I think he is just trying to figure himself out again after he suffered a minor injury to his groin. It’s kind of a surprise that he was back out there for his regular start, the Orioles need to be very careful with this new wave of young arms they have in the minor leagues. Anyway, Lucas Long came in for relief, allowing 6 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Offensively there was absolutely nothing going except for Ryan McKenna who finished with his first multi hit game in Bowie.
Game 6: 7/7/18: Senators 2 Baysox 3 Final/10
Reid Love gets the ball to make a spot start for Lucas Long as he relieved Keegan Akin last night. Love was solid, going 4 innings and only allowing a run. Jay Flaa worked in 3 innings, allowing an unearned run. Luis Gonzalez went 1.2 scoreless innings and Branden Kline continues to be great, earning the win in extras, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. Ryan Mountcastle and Corban Joseph each had hits in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game up and in the bottom of the 10th Martin Cervenka did his job with a sacrifice fly out to score D’Arby Myers.
Note: Matt Wieters made a return to Bowie in a rehab start with the Senators. Wieters is rehabbing to hopefully get back to Washington soon.
Game 7: 7/8/18: Senators 4 Baysox 8
Luis Ysla falls short of the quality start but that does not mean it was a bad start. Ysla struck out 8, allowing 3 runs, in 5.1 innings. Muckenhirn allowed a run but Kline and Grimes each had scoreless outings. Branden Kline earned the save. Ryan Mountcastle and Martin Cervenka each clubbed their 8th homers of the year, and Myers finished with multiple hits. Ryan Mountcastle had the most RBIs with 3.
The Baysox are still 10 games under .500, they must play better these next couple weeks. Most likely Corban Joseph will be in the lineup daily for the time being so that will help having him back full time and Ryan McKenna is still adjusting but when it clicks it’s really going to benefit the Baysox.