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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Bowie Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa struggled against Richmond on Monday, April 29.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Bowie Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa struggled against Richmond on Monday, April 29.

Published on: Monday, May 06, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The Bowie Baysox dropped their third-straight game Monday, April 29, when they came up short against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Prince George’s Stadium.

Baysox pitcher Eddie Gamboa had an outing to forget. He threw for six innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits, and lost his second game of the year in the process.

The Baysox were reeling after losing their previous two games against the Harrisburg Senators, and the opening game of the Richmond series started off on a bad foot.

Richmond drew first blood early in the first inning when Joe Panik singled to left-center and then advanced from first to third on a pair of passed balls. Javier Herrera followed that by driving Panik home on a single.

The Squirrels tacked on another run to pad the lead in the second inning when Gamboa threw a wild pitch past Caleb Joseph, moving Andrew Susac to third based. Ryan Lollis brought him in with a single through the hole past second base.

Richmond shortstop Ehire Adrianza knocked an RBI double in the fourth inning with two outs remaining to score Brett Krill.

Bowie bounced back the following inning when Ty Kelly hit a single up the middle to open up the scoring. Henry Urrutia grounded into a forced out after Kelly was tagged at second, which led to a Buck Britton single. That left Urrutia at third in scoring position. Richmond pitcher Justin Fitzgerald threw a wild pitch against Brandon Waring, and Urrutia crossed the plate to score the first run of the game for the Baysox.

Herrera added on another insurance run in the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Gamboa to go up by three.

Bowie responded in the bottom of the inning when Xavier Avery reached first on a lead-off walk and then moved to second on a stolen base. Avery reached third after Susac committed a throwing error, which led up to Joseph hitting a shot to left field for an RBI single.

The scoring would resume in the seventh inning for the Flying Squirrels. On his 99th pitch of the game, Gamboa was yanked after allowing another hit to Ricky Oropesa, which scored Panik from third.

“I think he went away from his knuckleball a little bit, but he kept us in the ballgame,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said about Gamboa’s performance. “We got a chance to see (Eric) Beaulac pitch, and he is new to the club.”

Beaulac came in for relief and tried to stop the bleeding. However, he struggled and walked two straight batters to score Mark Minicozzi before finally striking out Krill to end the inning. Richmond added another run in the top of the eighth after Beaulac allowed a key two-base hit from Lollis to bring in Panik from second base.

Bowie mounted a comeback in the following inning, which made the game quite interesting to say the least. Phil McCormick replaced Fitzgerald to start the inning off with a walk to Joseph. After Britton reached first on a force out to Joseph at second, Waring walked to leave two on. Aaron Baker hit a single to left field to score Britton to try and narrow the gap.

McCormick only pitched two-thirds of an inning before Richmond made another change. Fabio Castillo came in only to allow another run after Avery reached first on a throwing error by Adrianza to score Waring and Baker. Zealous Wheeler also moved to third after that series of events. Castillo loaded the bases after he walked Kyle Hudson and then Kelly to score Wheeler. Richmond changed to its third pitcher of the inning with Edwin Quirarte. Quirarte struck out Joseph looking to end a four-run inning on only one hit.

In the final inning of the game, Urrutia delivered a lead-off standing double as his team was trailing by one point. Britton singled to right field when Kendall waived Urrutia home from second — until Susac rifled a relay throw from Krill to tag the Cuban All-Star at the plate. Waring had a clutch single on the following play, but Britton attempted to score from second, which led to two consecutive throws at the plate from Susac accounting in the same result. The Baysox squandered two opportunities to tie the game, and Baker grounded out to clinch the game for Richmond.

“In the last inning I just thought that I have to be aggressive,” Kendall said. “The guy has to make a good throw and he did, and, of course, the next play that happened was the same thing. If I had to do it all over again I would have done it.”

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