ALTOONA, Pa. – Four different players recorded a multi-hit game and the Bowie Baysox (15-16) broke out of an offensive slump with an 8-2 victory over the Altoona Curve (16-14) in the series finale on Wednesday morning at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona.
Anderson Feliz (2-5, HR, RBI, 2 R), Adrian Marin (2-5, 2 RBI), Cedric Mullins (2-6) and Mike Yastrzemski (4-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB, 2 R) all had multi-hit games for the Baysox and eight of the nine starters recorded a hit. The four hits for Yastrzemski are his most since notching four hits on July 19, 2017 at Hartford, while Marin has recorded consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season.
Feliz’s solo shot off of Altoona starter Mitch Keller in the top of the second gave Bowie a 1-0 lead. The home run was Feliz’s second of the season. In the top of the third, a single and a walk put two men on before Aderlin Rodriguez plated both runners via a two-out, two-run double into the left centerfield gap to stretch the Baysox lead to 3-0. Yastrzemski led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later on Marin’s RBI single to make it a 4-0 game.
Altoona threatened against Baysox starter Hunter Harvey in the fourth and Logan Hill‘s two-run single brought the Curve within a pair at 4-2. Harvey (1-1) surrendered the two runs on five hits while fanning a pair in five innings of work. The 5.0 IP for Harvey is his longest outing since tossing 5.0 IP on July 25, 2014 with Delmarva (A). RHP Michael Kelly (4.0 IP, H, 2 K) came on in relief of Harvey and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced to notch his first career save. This also marks Harvey’s first win since July 18, 2014 vs. Hagerstown (A).
The Baysox opened up a 6-2 advantage with a pair of runs in the fifth as Ademar Rifaela reached on an error charged to Curve SS Cole Tucker and Feliz singled before Yastrzemski delivered an RBI double and Martin Cervenka plated Feliz with a sac fly. Keller (3-2) allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits to go along with three walks and a strikeout in 4.1 IP. The nine hits allowed by Keller are a career-high.
Bowie had stolen just five bases all season before recording four swipes on Wednesday including a pair from Austin Hays. The four stolen bases in a game are the most by the Baysox since also stealing four on June 7, 2016 at Portland.
The Baysox return home to open a four-game set with the Hartford Yard Goats on Thursday night at Prince George’s Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. as LHP John Means (0-4, 4.91) gets the start for Bowie against Hartford RHP Ryan Castellani (2-1, 2.30).
By Bowie Baysox
The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.
To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at email@example.com
Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II