BOWIE, Md. — The Baysox fell behind early and never recovered in an 8-4 loss to Richmond Friday night. The loss was the team’s season-high fifth in a row. Errors were again a problem as the Baysox committed two that led to a pair of unearned runs.
Richmond jumped on Baysox starter Dylan Bundy early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning for the early lead. Kelby Tomlinson hit a lead-off single to right field and stole second base before scoring on a Mac Williamson single to right field. With two outs, Ricky Oropesa singled to center field to plate Williamson from second base. Oropesa went to third base after a Myles Schroder bunt single and throwing error by third baseman Jason Esposito and then scored on a wild pitch.
The Baysox got one run back in the bottom half of the inning against Richmond starter Kelvin Marte. Glynn Davis and Mike Yastrzemski opened the game with back-to-back doubles to make the score 3-1.
The Flying Squirrels added to the lead in the top of the second inning. Jackson Williams hit a lead-off single to left field and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a Tomlinson double to center field. With two outs, Williamson singled to left field to plate Tomlinson and give Richmond a 5-1 lead.
Richmond added another run in the top of the third inning. Oropesa with hit-by-a-pitch and Schroder singled to start the inning before Andrew Triggs replaced Bundy on the mound. With one out, Williams singled to load the bases and Moreno then brought a run home with an RBI groundout to make the score 6-1.
Bowie cut into the Richmond lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out and runners on first and second base, Davis doubled to right field to bring home a run and make the score 6-2.
The Baysox got two more runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sean Halton hit a lead-off single to center field and scored on a Chris O’Brien double to center field. After moving to third base, O’Brien scored on a Sharlon Schoop sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 6-4.
The Flying Squirrels extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Moreno drew a lead-off walk and moved to second base on a Tomlinson groundout before scoring on a Devin Harris single to center field to give Richmond a 7-4 lead.
Richmond added another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Gene Escat. Schroder hit a one-out single to right field and moved to second base on an Angel Villalona groundout. Schroder scored after a Williams single to left field and fielding error by Yastrzemski to make the score 8-4.
It was a rough outing for Bundy as he threw two innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on a career-high eight hits while striking out two in the loss. Triggs threw 3.1 innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. Escat threw two innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits while striking out three and walking two. Reliever Kenn Kasparek pitched the final 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
Marte picked up the win, throwing five innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one.
LHP Tim Berry (0-3, 7.46) takes the mound for the Baysox Saturday as the team plays the third game in a four game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by RHP Chris Stratton (0-4, 4.94). Fireworks are scheduled for after the game on Saturday night and Sunday is Bark in the Park starting at 2:05 p.m.