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Rain delays, Bowie Baysox, beat down Richmond, 5-3

richmond-squirrelsThe Bowie Baysox (6-6) bested the Richmond Flying Squirrels (3-7), 5-3, on Monday night at Prince George’s Stadium in a ballgame that included two hours and forty one minutes of delays.  The loss was the fifth consecutive defeat for the skidding Squirrels, who remain winless on the road.  Richmond has lost seven of its last eight games.

The two teams traded unearned runs in the first inning.  Both were predicated on throwing errors.  Richmond got their run off right-hander Elih Villanueva when Daniel Carbonell singled with one out.  He swiped second base, and took third when catcher Chris O’Brien’s throw was errant.  Mitch Delfino knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to right field.  The Baysox also got a one-out single in the first.  Derrick Gibson supplied it with a liner to right-center field.  Squirrels’ righty Joe Biagini then tried to throw over to first, and threw errantly.  A two-base throwing error moved Gibson around to third.  He scored to tie the game on a fielder’s choice grounder from Sean Halton.

The Squirels were at it again against Villanueva in the second as they plated a pair.  Villanueva triggered his own issues with a leadoff walk issued to Javier Herrera.  Devin Harris followed and rifled a double off the wall in left field.  Herrera, who was running on the play, scored easily for a 2-1 lead.  Blake Miller then singled to put runners at the corners and Harris scored when Ricky Oropesa grounded into a double play.

The Baysox quickly tied the game again with four consecutive hits off Biagini in the bottom of the second.  Glynn Davis got it started with a leadoff single.  Jason Esposito followed with a double to the left-field corner to put runners at second and third with nobody down.  O’Brien then singled to right field to bring in Davis.  Ozzie Martinez followed and tied the game with the fourth consecutive hit – a single to right field.

Biagini walked Mike McDade to start the third, and the Baysox capitalized to take their first lead.  Quincy Latimore followed with a double to left-center that moved McDade to third.  He scored from there on a groundout from Davis that followed and the Baysox held a 4-3 lead.

The game was halted for two hours and 13 minutes prior to the 6th inning.  It resumed at 10:47 p.m.

Biagini (0-1) worked 4 2/3 innings and was lifted prior to the rain delay.  He permitted four runs, three earned, on eight hits.  He walked one and struck out one.  He was saddled with his first loss of the season.

The delay forced Villanueva (2-1) from the game after five innings.  He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits.  He issued one walk and struck out two.  He earned the win, his second of the year.

Right-hander Andrew Triggs entered the ballgame for Bowie following the delay.  He worked a brisk three innings, keeping the Squirrels at bay on two hits while striking out five.  Righty Gene Escat had some trouble in the ninth, but closed the door to earn his first save.

The finale of the abbreviated two-game series is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Prince George’s Stadium on Tuesdaymorning.  RHP Chris Stratton (0-1, 3.27) will make the start for Richmond against RHP Parker Bridwell (0-0, 3.60) for Bowie.  The Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup will begin at 10:35 a.m. on Fox Sports 910 and FoxSportsRichmond.com.