BOWIE – The Bowie Baysox are trying to bounce back from a rough stretch and fared a little better last week, splitting eight games overall against Erie and Harrisburg.
First, Bowie lost two of three in Erie, winning on July 1 by a 12-10 score before losing the next two days. In the victory, the Baysox blasted seven home runs that carried it to a road win.
Corban Joseph, who had just been optioned back to the Baysox that afternoon, hit a solo homer in the first. Martin Cervenka and Ademar Rifaela added two-run homers in the second for a 5-2 lead.
Aderlin Rodriguez hit another two-run homer in the third, and Cervenka did the same later in the inning and made it 9-2. Anthony Santander stretched the lead to 10-2 with his solo homer in that inning.
Ryan McKenna added a key solo homer in the ninth after Erie cut the lead to 11-9.
Cervenka led the team with four RBI that night.
The SeaWolves rolled to an 11-1 victory on July 2 and pulled out a 4-3 win the following night. McKenna and Cervenka each drove in a run in that game, but Reid Love (2-3) gave up a two-run walk-off homer to Jake Rogers in the bottom of the ninth which gave Erie the win.
On July 4, Bowie fell behind 5-0 versus Harrisburg before bouncing back for a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.
Rodriguez got the game-winning hit, a two-out single to left after Joseph had tied the game with his RBI single earlier in the inning.
Harrisburg then scored victories of 8-5 and 11-0 on July 5 and 6, respectively, before the Baysox rebounded to take the final two games of the series.
On July 7, Bowie came up with another extra-inning win, this time over the Senators by the score of 3-2.
Cervenka posted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning that snapped a 2-2 tie. D’Arby Myers was pinch-running and scored on the sacrifice fly. Bowie now has seven extra-inning wins.
Bowie had just one hit during the first six innings before slowly starting to rally. In the seventh, Joseph lined an RBI double, and Ryan Mountcastle tied the game with a single to left-center.
Harrisburg had taken a 2-0 lead thanks to single runs in the third and seventh.
Bowie then rolled to an 8-4 victory over the Senators in the finale of the five-game series on July 8. The Baysox scored three runs in both the second and third innings plus one more in the fourth for a 7-1 lead that Harrisburg could not erase.
Mountcastle hit a three-run homer while Cervenka added a solo shot. Rodriguez, Myers and Erick Salcedo each drove in one run.
Luis Ysla (5-3) earned the win by giving up three runs and striking out eight in five and one third innings, and that wrapped up the first half of the Eastern League season. Bowie ended up 39-49, in last place in the Western Division and 11.5 games out of first.