BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox, like most teams, enjoy playing at home. However, they did not fare well during a seven-game span last week at Prince George’s Stadium.
Bowie dropped six of those contests, including getting swept last weekend by Portland in a three-game series. That cut the team’s record to 29-37 and put them in last place in the Eastern League’s Western Division, eight-and-a-half games out of first.
The first series of the week began on June 12 with the Trenton on June 14. There were plenty of homers in this contest, but the Thunder outslugged Bowie and came away with an 8-3 victory.
Trenton hit two three-run homers, and even though the Baysox hit three home runs, it turned out to be not enough.
Sharlon Schoop got a solo homer while Ryan Mountcastle and Aderlin Rodriguez hit back-to-back solo shots in the eighth to give Bowie all of its offense.
The teams then split a doubleheader the following night. Trenton scored a 4-3 victory in the first game – both were seven-inning contests thanks to a Chris Gittens single in the seventh.
Corban Joseph drove in all three Bowie runs. He hit a two-run homer in the first and added a game-tying RBI single in the fifth before the Thunder rallied to win.
Bowie scored four runs in the first inning of the nightcap and rolled to a 10-1 victory.
Rodriguez hit a three-run triple in the first, and Martin Cervenka added an RBI single for a quick 4-0 lead in the opening inning.
They made it 7-0 in the second. Joseph (RBI single), Mountcastle (fielder’s choice) and Rodriguez (sacrifice fly) struck in that inning.
Bowie got its final three runs in the fifth. Cervenka hit a three-run homer that gave the Baysox a 10-0 lead. Rodriguez and Cervenka both finished with four RBI, season-bests for each.
Trenton took the final game of the series on June 14, scoring a 5-3 victory.
Joseph came through again, driving in one more run. Mountcastle also had an RBI, and Bowie also got a run on a Trenton error.
Joseph’s hot hitting earned him a promotion to the Orioles late last week.
The Portland Sea Dogs came to town on June 15 and scored a 2-1 victory in the opener to the three-game series with the Baysox.
Josh Ockimey brought in two runs in his first two at-bats. He hit a solo homer and then a double that gave Portland a 2-0 lead. Bowie cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Mountcastle doubled in Tim Beckham, playing with the Baysox on a rehab assignment from the Orioles.
Keegan Akin pitched well for Bowie, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out seven in six innings. Still, he took the hard-luck loss and fell to 7-5 this season.
Bowie could not do much in the second game of this series on June 16 as Portland rolled to a 4-0 victory.
The Sea Dogs scored four runs in the first five innings, and that proved to be more than enough to wrap up a second consecutive win.
Reid Love gave the Baysox a strong effort out of the bullpen. He threw three shutout innings, 30 strikes on 37 pitches, and Branden Kline added a scoreless ninth inning.
Portland took command in the final game of the series on June 17 with a five-run first inning en route to a 5-3 victory.
Bowie got a run in the second on a Cervenka homer while Audry Perez hit a two-run shot in the ninth. That made it 5-3 but the Baysox could not do anything else.
Still, one good thing came out of this recent skid. Over the final four games of the homestand, Bowie relief pitchers threw 13 straight scoreless innings.