BOWIE – Despite a five-strikeout performance from starting pitcher David Hess, the Bowie Baysox managed just one hit off right-hander Mitch Keller as the Altoona Curve took Game One of the Western Division Championship Series, winning 2-0 in front of 1,238 spectators at Prince George’s Stadium.
The Baysox (72-68), who finished the season in second place in the division, struggled offensively and left all four of their runners stranded on base. Second basemen Adrian Marin attempted to wake up the stagnant offense in the bottom of the sixth inning by stealing second base. However, he was thrown out by catcher Jin-De Jhang, ending Bowie’s most threatening stretch.
Keller (2-2, 3.12 ERA) pitched all nine innings in his one-hitter, striking out four Bowie batters to lead first-seeded Altoona (74-66) to victory.
Hess (11-9, 3.85 ERA) pitched out of three jams early in his first four innings, stranding five runners on base and keeping the game scoreless. However, Altoona’s offense began to get hot as designated hitter Jordan George lined a single past third base to bring in the team’s first run.
Two innings later, shortstop Cole Tucker’s single put a runner in scoring position, leading to Mitchell Tolman’s RBI single to centerfield. Tolman finished the game with three of Altoona’s nine base hits. After the Curve’s second run was batted in, Hess was removed for left-hander Paul Fry.
The second game of the series is scheduled to take place on Sept. 8 at 7:05 p.m.