PORTLAND,Me — Making his organizational debut, Joe Gunkel dealt six scoreless frames in a 1-0 Baysox win in Portland on Saturday night. Gunkel allowed five hits and struck out three batters facing his former team.
The Red Sox 18th round pick in 2013 was traded to the Orioles for big league OF Alejandro De Aza on Thursday afternoon. By chance his first start for Bowie came against his former team, the Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Portland Sea Dogs. He was efficient, with an eight pitch first inning en route to a 73-pitch effort in six innings.
The Baysox put Gunkel on top early with a first inning run. SS Ozzie Martinez singled and LF Mike Yastrzemski walked. With two down C Rossmel Perez singled to center scoring Martinez for the only run of the ballgame.
Bowie brought in RHP Mikey O’Brien who did not allow a hit in two innings before RHP Marcel Prado worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save. The game lasted two hours and six minutes.
Bowie and Portland are back at it again Sunday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m. as New Englander Terry Doyle makes the start. Coverage begins 20-minutes prior on 1430wnav.com and via the Tune-In Radio App by searching Bowie Baysox.
Bowie returns home for Dollar Dog Night Tuesday, June 9th at 6:35 p.m. against the Binghamton Mets. Get your tickets over the phone at 301-805-6000 or online at baysox.com.