The Bowie Baysox returned home with a splash Tuesday night, beating the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 9-0, at Prince George’s Stadium.
It reversed a bad dream of a road trip, on which the Baysox lost five straight to Harrisburg, falling to 21-34 on the season.
The Baysox have not won a series since they took three of five from Harrisburg in early May.
Making his second start as an Orioles’ farmhand, Chris Vallimont (W, 1-0) opened with two scoreless innings, including a perfect second, and Bowie took the early lead in the bottom half. Vallimont followed with three more scoreless innings, in which he walked one and gave up a hit.
In his first start as an Orioles minor leaguer, Chris Givin, who had earlier doubled in a run, hit a two-run home run to left field in the sixth, and AJ Graffiano sent one out to right field to make it 6-0.
The Baysox suffered their fifth walk-off loss of the season Saturday night and second in less than a week, a 2-1 Senators victory in 10 innings. The so-called highlight of Bowie’s 10th was a walk. César Prieto battled Harrisburg’s Zach Brzykcy (1-0) for the base on balls in a 13-pitch at-bat.
For those who would rather get blown out than lose a heartbreaker, Harrisburg shellacked Bowie, 10-1, Friday, with Cristopher Cespedes’ eighth inning solo home run, his first of the year, Bowie’s only scoring.
The Baysox stranded 11 runners in a 6-4 loss Thursday.
The teams split a doubleheader Wednesday, Bowie winning the first game, 4-2, but losing the second game, 6-2. As the doubleheader was scheduled to make up a game postponed at Prince George’s Stadium, the “road” team won both games.
In the opener, Vallimont made his debut in the Orioles’ system, after being claimed on waivers from Minnesota. Facing live opponents for the first time since mid-May, Vallimont allowed a walk and a single to the first two batters of the first inning, and one of them scored.
Bowie quickly tied the game in the second, and Vallimont went on to finish three shutout innings, striking out five batters.
Bowie got two scoreless innings from Jensen Elliott (W, 3-0) and two innings from Easton Lucas to end the game.
Bowie opened the seven-game series on Tuesday night with a 6-1 win at FNB Field. Bowie pitching held the Senators to five hits, allowing one walk. It was the first game for Bowie in June decided by more than two runs.
Clayton McGinness made his Double-A debut, firing a scoreless fifth inning with one strikeout to earn the win. Taking the back end of the game, Conner Loeprich faced the minimum over four near-perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the save, his first of the season.
The Baysox try to continue their rebound with a doubleheader today at Prince George’s Stadium, beginning at 5:35 p.m. EST.
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