The Bowie Baysox (43-37) snapped the Richmond Flying Squirrels (46-33) win-streak at seven games with a, 5-1, victory in the first game of a doubleheader at The Diamond on Friday night. The Baysox also claimed the nightcap, 6-3, to take a leg up in the extended five-game series.
The Baysox got after Richmond left-hander Adalberto Mejia in the second inning of game one. Dariel Alvarez led off with a single before Mejia struck out Chris Marrero. Michael Ohlman, David Adams and Garabez Rosa then all singled in succession. Rosa’s single kicked off the third-base bag and gave the Baysox a 2-0 lead. Mejia recorded the second out, but conceded an RBI single to Niuman Romero and walked Nolan Reimold before being lifted from the ballgame. Right-hander Andrew Carignan came on to put out the fire, but the Baysox held a 3-0 advantage.
Mejia (4-6) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and took the loss – his sixth. He was charged with three earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Meanwhile, right-hander Zach Davies (4-4) was cruising. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, surrendered just two total over six innings, and blanked the Squirrels for six innings. He walked none and struck out nine, earning his fourth win of the season.
Bowie insured their lead in the seventh inning, plating a pair of unearned runs charged to lefty Josh Osich. However, right-hander Hunter Strickland conceded the hit on which the runs scored – a double for Christian Walker.
Baysox right-hander Mychal Urban had trouble with his control in the seventh and walked three Squirrels. The third was issued to Myles Schroder and forced in the only Richmond run in the ballgame. Right-hander Oliver Drake had to come on to finish the ballgame, which he did. He recorded the final two outs for his league-leading 18th save of the year.
Richmond right-hander Edwin Quirarte made the first start of his career in the second game and ran into significant trouble in the second inning. Alvarez opened the inning with a single. An out later, Quirarte plunked Adams to put two aboard. The runners executed a successful double-steal and Alvarez scored from third on a ground-out from Sharlon Schoop. Later in the inning, Johnny Ruettiger, K.D. Kang and Niuman Romero all delivered run-scoring hits. Romero’s two-run single made it 5-0 for the Baysox.
Richmond responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning against lefty Ashur Tolliver. Devin Harris sparked the inning with an opposite-field double. Schroder followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Eliezer Zambrano put the Squirrels on the board with a force out and Tyler Graham made it 5-2 with an RBI double.
Tolliver returned for the third inning and Matt Duffy greeted him with a single. Mario Lisson followed and also singled to put runners at the corners. Harris singled home Duffy and chased Tolliver from the ballgame with the Baysox leading, 5-3. Right-hander Steve Hensley came on and navigated the rest of the inning. Tolliver allowed three runs on six hits in two innings and didn’t factor in the decision.
Quirarte (4-3) took the loss over three innings, surrendering five earned runs on four hits. He walked one, hit one and struck out two.
Bowie extended their game two lead with an unearned run off of right-hander Jose Casilla in the fifth inning.
Hensley (2-0) earned the game two win, working four nearly spotless innings. He did not allow a hit, walked just one and faced the minimum. Right Marcel Prado worked a perfect seventh to earn his third save of the season.
Game four of the five-game series is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at The Diamond on Saturday night. Richmond LHP Kelvin Marte ( (6-2, 4.29) will make the start against Bowie RHP Tyler Wilson (9-5, 4.01). The Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup begins at5:35 p.m. on Sports Radio 910 and SportsRadio910.com.