Richmond, Bowie split doubleheader
The Bowie Baysox (36-38) blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels (38-38), 1-0, in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday night at The Diamond. However, the Richmond bats awoke in the second game, and the Squirrels scored a, 7-6, win to split the twin-bill. With the split, the Squirrels will have the chance to win the four-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
Bowie right-hander Tyler Wilson and Richmond lefty Chris Gloor battled for three scoreless innings at the outset of game one. It was particularly a battle for the Midlothian native Wilson. He walked four and hit a batter in the first three innings, but stranded seven runners on base to keep the Squirrels at bay.
It was Gloor that broke first, as the Baysox grabbed the lead in the fourth. Henry Urrutia started the inning with a single. Gloor got the first out, but Garabez Rosa cranked a ball of the center-field wall. It caromed back past centerfielder Ryan Lollis. Urrutia scored easily on the play for a 1-0 lead. Rosa attempted to come all the way around for an inside-the-park home run, but was gunned down at the plate. He settled for an RBI triple.
Wilson (3-0) lasted five scoreless innings, stranding eight runners during his time on the hill. He earned the win, blanking the Squirrels on four hits. He walked four, hit another and struck out three.
Gloor (5-3) worked into the seventh inning, but took a hard-luck loss over 6 1/3 innings. He conceded just the lone run on eight hits, walked two and struck out in his third setback of the season. It marked the ninth consecutive start that Gloor worked at least six innings.
Right-hander OIiver Drake worked the final two innings to preserve the shutout and earn the save. He survived Joe Panik at third base in the seventh with just one out to get there. The Squirrels were blanked for the fifth time on the season. Richmond stranded 11 men on base in the ballgame, had base runners in every innings, and went a combined 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Game two featured a much wilder start as the Baysox got right after Richmond lefty Tom Vessella in the top of the first inning. Ty Kelly, Niuman Romero and Caleb Joseph started the ballgame with back-to-back singles. Joseph’s single brought home Kelly for a 1-0 lead. Vessella then walked Henry Urrutia to load the bases. Luis Martinez followed and drilled a two-run double for a 3-0 advantage. An out later, Garabez Rosa capped a four-run inning with an RBI single.
The Squirrels quickly responded against righty-hander Tim Bascom in the bottom of the first. Javier Herrera led off and reached on a three-base error charged to Bascom. Panik walked and Lollis put Richmond on the board with a single. Mark Minicozzi followed and pushed an RBI double into right field to plate Panik. Ricky Oropesa grounded out but brought home Lollis to cut the Bowie lead to one run, 4-3.
Richmond grabbed the lead and chased Bascom in the third inning. Bascom started the frame by walking Panik for the second time. Lollis then hammered an RBI double through the alley in right-center field to tie the ballgame, 4-4. Minicozzi followed and laced an RBI single into center field that put Richmond ahead for the first time, 5-4. Bascom departed on Minicozzi’s single, but the Squirrels got started again against left-hander Chris Petrini. With two outs, Petrini walked Ehire Adrianza. He promptly swiped second base before Jarrett Parker brought him in with a single to right field. Little used catcher Jesus Navarro then shoved an RBI double into right field to bring home the fourth run of the inning. The Squirrels exited the inning with a three-run lead, 7-4.
Bascom was charged with five runs, four earned, over 2 1/3 innings. He conceded two hits, walked two and struck out one. Vessella retired to a no-decision after three innings, posting a pair of scoreless innings following his troubles in the first. He was touched up for four earned runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two.
Right-hander Omar Javier entered in the fourth inning and found instant trouble. Rosa and Kyle Hudson recorded back-to-back singles before Javier walked Josh Horton. Kelly lofted a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5 before the Squirrels escaped the inning with no further damage.
Lefty Phil McCormick earned the win in relief, firing 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. McCormick bridged the ballgame to the seventh, where Edwin Quirarte entered for the second time on the evening. He permitted the Baysox their final run, but recovered to earn his sixth save of the season.
The finale of the four-game series is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at The Diamond. Richmond RHP Craig Westcott (3-7, 3.55) will make the start against Bowie LHP Jake Pettit (3-3, 5.09). The Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup will begin on Sports Radio 910, SportsRadio910.com and IHeart Radio at 5:05 p.m.