BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox spent last week on the road and could not find their mojo; sometimes things went well, and sometimes they did not. That is what happens when you go 4-4 in eight games.
Bowie split a pair of the four-game series. The first came in Harrisburg and the second was in Richmond.
The first series began on June 18 where the Baysox scored twice in the top of the 10th and then held on for a 5-4 victory over Harrisburg.
Aderlin Rodriguez finished with four hits, the last being a two-run, two-out single in the 10th that broke a 3-3 tie. Harrisburg got a run in the 10th, but the Baysox came out on top. Tanner Chleborad (2-0) threw three shutout innings and got the victory.
The next day saw the Senators sweep a doubleheader from Bowie. Harrisburg won the first game, 9-4, and took the nightcap by the score of 8-6.
The Baysox rebounded and edged past Harrisburg 2-1 in the series finale on June 21. Bowie starter Keegan Akin (8-5) gave up one run in seven solid innings, striking out nine and walking three.
Luis Gonzalez finished the final two innings for his seventh save. D’Arby Myers took care of the Baysox on offense with a two-run double in the fourth.
The Baysox then went to Richmond where they split four games with the Flying Squirrels. Bowie started the series with a 6-5 win in a game on June 22 that went just six innings due to rain.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI single added a run in the second. Anderson Feliz’s RBI single made it 3-0 in the third before Corban Joseph stretched the lead to 5-1 with a two-out single in the fourth.
Richmond cut the lead to 6-5 and had runners at first and third with one out in the sixth before Chleborad retired the next two batters. That is when the rain came and the game never re-started.
Mountcastle went 6-for-7 in the June 23 doubleheader and helped the Baysox split the two games. Bowie won the first game 9-4 while Richmond took the nightcap (5-1).
He got four hits in the first game as Bowie came up with seven two-out hits in the first two innings that helped the Baysox to a 4-1 lead.
Rodriguez added a homer in the fourth, and the Baysox eventually stretched its lead to 9-1.
In game two, Anthony Santander’s solo homer was the only run Bowie scored.
Richmond handed Bowie a 4-3 loss in the series finale the next day.
Ademar Rifaela and Martin Cervenka got back-to-back RBI singles in the second, and Erick Salcedo added an RBI double in that same inning, but that was all the offense Bowie could find.
In off-the-field news, the Baysox were given the 2018 Business of the Year Award from the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce at the group’s annual meeting on June 21.
“We are thrilled to receive this honor from the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce,” said Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross in a statement. “The Baysox are humbled by these recognitions which demonstrate our value in this community. Our organization embraces the responsibility of being a positive community partner, and we will not rest in that pursuit.”