Eastern League Baseball: Erie Seawolves vs Bowie Baysox

Bowie, MD, Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Bowie Baysox pitcher Marcos Molina (29) gave up two runs over five innings during an Eastern League game between the Bowie Baysox and the Erie Seawolves played at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. (Michael R. Smith/The Prince George’s Sentinel).

BALTIMORE—Bowie’s early-season woes continued as the Baysox dropped three-of-four in Erie.

On May 2, the Baysox started well in the series opener as Zac Lowther threw 5 1/3 solid innings in a 4-0 victory over Erie. Rylan Bannon finished with four hits, including a homer, that gave Bowie its lone victory in the series.

Bannon crushed a two-out homer to left-center field in the first inning for the quick 1-0 lead. That was home run No. 4 for Bannon this season.

Brett Cumberland lined an RBI double in the second to bring in Ademar Rifaela, who had singled earlier. Cumberland drove in two more runs later, which came on a two-run single to left center in the eighth.

Lowther struck out six and gave up just one hit in those 5 1/3 innings. He earned his second win of 2019 with the effort.

However, Bowie would not win another game in the series. The Baysox dropped game two on May 3 by the score of 5-0.

The SeaWolves hit two solo homers en route to the victory. Bowie did little on offense, not getting a runner into scoring position from the first until the seventh.

Erie then jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on May 4 and rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Baysox.

Bowie scored its only run in the fourth inning when T.J. Nichting scored on a fielding error on a Cumberland ball. But the Baysox finished with only three hits and did not threaten on offense much.

The bats were cold again in the series finale on May 5 as Erie scored a 5-0 victory.

The SeaWolves broke the game open with four runs in the fourth inning, batting around and sending 10 to the plate.

Jose Azocar got an RBI double for Erie in the fourth, and Jake Rogers then belted a two-run homer. He has hit five homers this season, and each one has been versus the Baysox.

A solo home run from Kade Scivicque made it 4-0. Bowie could not threaten once again. The Baysox finished the game with just one at-bat featuring a runner in scoring position.

Overall, the offense was the problem throughout the last three games of the series. Bowie posted only one run on eight hits in those final three contests and took the opener.

Hitting has been a problem for the Baysox all season. After the first 30 games, Bowie ranks last in the Eastern League with an anemic .203 team batting average. The Baysox also rank next-to-last in runs with 90, one ahead of Portland.

The three losses dropped Bowie to 7-23 on the season, and the Baysox are already 16 1/2 games out of first place in the Western Division. Harrisburg has opened up a big lead with a 23-6 record.

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