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Baysox drop first game in Harrisburg Senators series

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph misses the tag at home plate Tuesday, June 18, against the Harrisburg Senators.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph misses the tag at home plate Tuesday, June 18, against the Harrisburg Senators.

Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Bowie Baysox dropped the first game of the three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators 1-9 last Tuesday night at Prince George’s Stadium.

Baysox starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa racked up his fifth loss of the season.

Gamboa threw five strikeouts, but he also gave up five hits, six runs and a home run.

“He (Gamboa) got hurt basically throwing his fastball,” Baysox Manger Gary Kendall said. “He didn’t really get hurt too much on his knuckleball. ... On the runs that I was out there for I saw where he gave up two, and he went away from throwing his knuckleball.”

Harrisburg’s Paul Demney threw seven scoreless innings against the second best hitting team in the Eastern League.

The Baysox ran into some trouble in the third inning when Harrisburg’s Rick Hague reached first base on a throwing error. Senators shortstop Josh Johnson dropped a sacrifice bunt, moving Hague to second base. Hauge advanced to third after Gamboa threw a wild pitch to Brian Goodwin. Goodwin delivered a double down the left-field line to drive in the first run of the contest.

Gamboa walked Steven Souza on the following play and then threw another wild pitch to score Goodwin — giving the Senators a two-run advantage.

Scoring resumed in the fifth inning for Harrisburg. The Senators racked up four runs on three hits. Souza was hit by a pitch with one out remaining, and then Jerad Head hit a double through the hole past the shortstop to put two men in scoring position.

Jimmy Van Ostrand hit a single to left-field to bring in two runs, one of which was considered the most controversial call of the game. Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph had good position to tag Head at the plate and appeared to have made the play in time. However, the umpire didn’t see the same thing.

“I don’t know if he, kind of, cruised or what, but, when I saw the play, I took a step up the line. I saw he went inside, and I thought we had a chance at him. ... I just made the best play I could,” Joseph said. “That was a crucial point in the game, you know. It was kind of the dagger that knocked some steam out of us. If you get that out, you can turn the momentum.”

Kendall was ejected from the game after defending one of the Baysox most beloved players.

Gamboa tossed a fat pitch to Justin Bloxom, who hit a two-run homerun on the following play.

Harrisburg tacked on three more runs on two hits and one error in the ninth.

Goodwin hit a single to score Justin Bloxom and Souza reached second after Baysox shortstop Niuman Romero made an ill-advised throw to score Sandy Leon and Johnson.

Bowie could only manage to put one run on the board in the final inning. Aaron Baker hit a one-out double to bring in Romero.

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