Marauders Bombard Tigers; Curve Fall In The 9th
Bowie Baysox 3, Altoona Curve 2
One run in the top of the 9th broke a 2-2 tie to give Bowie the win. With Michael Dubee on the mound for the Curve, a single, a sacrifice bunt, and a fielding error by 1B Shelby Ford put Baysox runners on first and second base. Another sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, and a walk (not intentional) loaded the bases with one out. The next batter flied out for a sacrifice that scored the runner from third, but it became a double play when the runner who had been at second was thrown out as he tried to tag up and reach third base. The run gave Bowie a 3-2 lead, and the Curve had one more chance in the bottom of the inning. RF Brad Chalk led off with a walk. 2B Brock Holt sacrifice bunted him to second base, and a passed ball by former Pirate farmhand C Steve Lerud put Chalk on third base. But a pair of strikeouts ended the game with Chalk unable to move from third.
Bowie had scored first, in the top of the 1st. Starter Jared Hughes gave up back-to-back walks to begin the game, then an RBI single drove in the first run of the game. The 3rd inning began with Hughes hitting the first two batters of the inning. The lead runner stole third base, then scored on a 6-4-3 double play, to give Bowie a 2-0 lead. Lerud also doubled in that inning.
The Curve threatened in the bottom of the 1st, when CF Starling Marte was hit by a pitch, LF Quincy Latimore lined a single into left field, and SS Jordy Mercer was also hit by a pitch, loading the bases. A double play ended that inning without a run scoring. C Tony Sanchez and DH Kris Watts also worked back-to-back walks in the 2nd inning, but both were left on base.
The Curve got onto the scoreboard in the 3rd. With one out, Latimore walked, then a throwing error on a pickoff attempt put Latimore on second base. 3B Jeremy Farrell singled, driving in Latimore to cut Bowie’s lead to 2-1. They tied the score in the 7th inning. Ford began that rally with a single up the middle, and a wild pitch moved him to second base. Chalk bunted Ford to third base, and Holt’s sacrifice fly plated Ford for a 2-2 tie. Marte singled and Latimore walked in that inning also.
Hughes pitched 6 innings, and allowed those 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts. Diego Moreno pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing just one single. Dubee came on in the 8th inning, and gave up two singles, but got out of the jam when Chalk threw the lead runner out at the plate to end the inning. His luck did not hold in the top of the 9th, though, and Dubee was charged with his second loss of the season.