BOWIE – As the season ticks down toward its conclusion, the Bowie Baysox need every win they can get. And they came out on top in two of three games with the Portland Sea Dogs last weekend.
Bowie and Portland split the first two games on Friday and Saturday before the Baysox held off the Sea Dogs on Sunday, pulling out an 8-6 victory to take the series at home.
In the first two games of the series, the two teams split 4-2 decisions before Bowie jumped to an early 4-0 lead on Sunday and never trailed again. It was not easy, as Portland sliced the lead to two in the ninth thanks to a two-run homer. The tying run eventually came to the plate with two outs, but Scott McGough got out of it to lock up his eighth save.
Lucas Long (8-5) came away with the victory. He went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out seven without a walk.
McGough, the team’s third pitcher of the day, gave up that two-run homer in the ninth, but struck out four in his two innings of work. His ERA stands at 2.70 for the season through Sunday’s game.
Anthony Santander and D.J. Stewart both homered in the game, while Aderlin Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two singles and one RBI. Hot-hitting Austin Hays kept on rolling as well, as his average sat at .350 after the game following his 2-for-5 effort with two RBI.
Still, Portland came up with numerous chances. The Sea Dogs went 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12.
The victory combined with a late Altoona win left the two teams deadlocked at the top of the Western Division with 62-57 records. Akron sits one game behind with Erie three games out. The last three weeks should very interesting.
No peanuts, no problem
The Baysox did something unusual for last Sunday’s game. They kept the peanuts away.
Earlier in August, AUVI-Q and Minor League Baseball partnered on a multi-year agreement which made the product the “Official Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EAI) of Minor League Baseball.”
The injector is an FDA-approved prescription medicine which treats life-threatening allergic reactions to things like peanuts. Several teams are going to host “Peanut-Free Game Days” in 2017 and 2018, and Bowie did so last Sunday.
During the game, there were no sales of peanuts or products containing them as ingredients. Throughout the game there were both in-park messaging and informational displays available for fans who wanted to find out more about the new medication.
“With the help of AUVI-Q supporting our commitment to fans, we can create an environment where fans with peanut allergies can come to the ballpark and enjoy a game to its fullest,” Bowie General Manager Brian Shallcross said.“We hope to see many new faces experiencing their first Minor League Baseball game because of our peanut-free night.”