When nine different hitters drive in a run in a 14-3 win Thursday, then the Bowie Baysox continue with an 8-0 win Saturday, how do they top that? How does a nine-run first inning and an 18-1 Sunday thrashing of the Harrisburg Patriots sound?
With their eighth straight win and a series sweep at Harrisburg, Bowie moves over .500 to 51-50 on the season and 24-8 in the Eastern League’s second half.
Leadoff hitter Conner Norby and .355-hitting Colton Cowser, hitting second, led the way today with a 4-for-5 afternoon and three runs each.
Nine players had RBIs, including Joey Ortiz with three, giving him 59 on the season to go with 11 home runs and a 15-game hitting streak. The others with at least an RBI were Norby, Cowser, Greg Cullen, Maverick Handley, Hudson Haskin, J.D. Mundy and backup catcher Michael Mantecon.
Mantecon pinch hit for Handley early enough to come up four times, score a run and drive one in without getting a hit, so he is officially hitting .000 but is not listed on the Baysox roster.
He’d been brought up from Delmarva just Saturday after being shuttled between Delmarva, Aberdeen and Bowie for most of this season and being in the Florida Complex League last season. The La Habana, Cuba, native is hitting .187 over 139 at-bats in 2022.
The day belonged to the hitters, as 13 came up in the first and produced nine runs on eight hits, but somebody pitched for Bowie as well. Right-hander Ryan Watson spun five scoreless innings, striking out seven.
Justin Armbruester (2-0) threw five shutout innings Saturday, to complement three RBIs by Cowser, and a three-run home run by Mundy.
Cowser was the first inning specialist again Friday in a 5-4 win, slamming a solo shot to make it four-consecutive games with a first inning run, and Ortiz went deep as well. As mentioned, nine Baysox each drove in a run in the 14-3 Thursday win.
Ortiz continued his strong run for Bowie, going 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs, including the go-ahead knock in the seventh inning Wednesday.
The Baysox hit the road again for six against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park starting Tuesday night.
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