Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (74-61) won their sixth game in a row and 10th consecutive home game as they beat the Erie SeaWolves (56-79) 4-2 Tuesday night. With the win and a Richmond loss, the Baysox need just one more win or Richmond loss to clinch a playoff spot.
“We are facing a team that is third in the league in hitting, they are absolutely a terror to play at home, and regardless of who is pitching – giving up two runs in 18 innings is pretty good,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “I thought we did some good things offensively. We got some key hits that drove in some runs and four was enough.”
In his third Double-A start, Dylan Bundy pitched five and one-third innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six batters and walking four in the win. He carried a shutout into the sixth inning, but struggled with his command, issuing a season-high four walks.
“I made some quality pitches with guys on base tonight and that is an important thing,” Bundy said. “My fastball was lively tonight, curveball was decent later in the game and change-up was there the whole night. In the last two innings I started missing two or three inches off the plate and they were being patient up there.”
The Baysox jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning against Erie starter James Avery. Center fielder Antoan Richardson hit a lead off double to left field and scored when left fielder Ty Kelly hit a one out single to center field. With two outs, Kelly stole second base and scored on a Buck Britton double to center field to give the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
Bowie added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ronnie Welty hit a lead off single to right field and moved to second base when catcher Brian Ward reached on a bunt single. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Richardson and Welty scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Jonathan Schoop to make the score 3-0.
Erie got back into the game in the top of the sixth inning against Bundy. Niuman Romero hit a lead off single to left field, Jordan Lennterton drew a one out walk and Avisail Garcia singled into left field to load the bases before Baysox reliever Chris Petrini replaced Bundy on the mound. After retiring the first batter he faced, Petrini surrendered a single to Brandon Douglas that scored two runs to make the score 3-2.
The Baysox extended their lead in the bottom half of the inning against Erie reliever Kenny Faulk. Britton hit a lead off single to center field, stole second base and then scored when first baseman Rhyne Hughes doubled to center field to give Bowie a 4-2 lead. The Baysox proceeded to load the bases with no outs in the inning but were unable to score again after Ward grounded into a force out at home and Richardson grounded into a double play.
Petrini pitched one and two-thirds innings and allowed two hits while striking out two batters. Reliever Clay Schrader pitched a perfect eighth inning and closer Kyler Newby struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 18th save of the season.
Avery took the loss for Erie, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five batters and walking one.
RHP Eddie Gamboa (7-4, 3.03) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as the team plays the third in a four game home series with the Erie SeaWolves beginning at 7:05 p.m. He will be opposed by LHP Jared Wesson (7-10, 6.06).
The Baysox are home through Thursday, August 30 for the final eight game homestand of the season. The activities include Back to School Night with book giveaway Wednesday, August 29 and the Regular Season Home Finale Thursday, August 30 at 7:05 p.m.