Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (66-58) completed a four game sweep of the Erie SeaWolves (53-70) with a 4-3 win Thursday evening. With the win the Baysox are a new season-high eight games above .500 and remain four games ahead of Richmond in the Wild Card race.
“We are going to have to play well the rest of the way,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “You want to win the games that you can because you never know. We are going to Trenton, which is a first place club and they played well here. Then we are going to Richmond, which is always a dogfight. You like to put some distance between you and the club behind you because you can’t count wins, you have to play good baseball.”
Baysox starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four batters and walking one in the win.
The SeaWolves jumped out to a quick lead against Gamboa when Jamie Johnson hit a lead off home run to start the game and give Erie a 1-0 lead.
The Baysox tied the game in the bottom of the third inning against Erie starter Ramon Garcia. Shortstop Zelous Wheeler hit a lead off single to left field and moved to third base when center fielder Jai Miller hit a double down the left field line. With one out, right fielder Josh Barfield brought Wheeler home with a groundout to tie the score 1-1.
Bowie added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Third baseman Ty Kelly hit a lead off single to center field, took second base on a balk and moved to third on a single to left field by Robbie Widlansky. Kelly scored when designated hitter Caleb Joseph grounded into a double play to give the Baysox a 2-1 lead.
Erie came right back in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game. Daniel Fields hit a lead off single to left field and stole second base. With two outs, James McCann singled to center field to plate Fields and tie the game 2-2.
The Baysox again took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Buck Britton hit a lead off home run for the second night in a row down the right field line. Kelly followed with a double to left field before scoring when Joseph doubled to left field to give the Baysox a 4-2 lead.
“You get 2-0 and you look for something out over the plate,” Britton said. “I was lucky enough to get a fastball and put a good swing on it.”
Erie got within one run in the top of the eighth inning against Baysox reliever Chris Petrini. Johnson hit a lead off single to center field and scored when Niuman Romero doubled to left field to make the score 4-3.
Petrini pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out four in relief of Gamboa. Baysox closer Kyler Newby pitched the ninth inning and recorded his 15th save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
Garcia took the loss for Erie, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out two batters.
RHP Mike Wright (3-3, 5.08) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as the team begins a three-game road series with the Trenton Thunder.
The Baysox depart for a six game road trip to Trenton and Richmond Friday, August 17 before returning home for the final eight game homestand of the season Thursday, August 23.