The usual suspects played key roles in a 5-4 walk-off win over the Altoona Curve Sunday, a win that bumps their record back to 60-60, and 33-18 in the second half.
Bowie hits the road for a six-game series with the Erie SeaWolves Tuesday, with the two teams tied for first in the Southwest Division.
It was Colton Cowser’s turn to supply the fireworks, with a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
Another strong start by Justin Armbruester keynoted a 4-1 win Friday. Bowie pitchers held Altoona to just three hits.
Armbruester opened with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts but allowed a game-tying home run to Malcom Nunez in the fourth. Armbruester was forced to leave after walking two in the sixth inning.
Connor Norby’s third home run in his last four at-bats, and 20th of the season, gave Bowie the early edge in the first inning.
Bowie and Altoona each clubbed three home runs in an 11-8 Bowie win Thursday, with Norby enjoying his second multi-home run game in Double-A.
Blasting off to a five-run lead, Norby got Bowie started with a two-run homer in the first inning. He added a sac fly in the second inning, and a two-run single by Cowser in the third quickly knocked out starter Aaron Shortridge.
Norby added his second shot of the day when he took reliever Bear Bellomy deep in the sixth inning. Bowie added two more runs on a double by Coby Mayo, and it was 10-5. Norby added one more sac fly in the seventh for the 11th Baysox run, capping a five-RBI day.
Noah Denoyer took three innings of relief for Bowie, his first appearance following a brief Injured List stint, and struck out seven over three innings, around allowing a three-run home run in the seventh. Conner Loeprich tossed a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
In a 7-5 win Wednesday, the Bruise Boys struck again, with Norby’s RBI double in the first inning and Mayo’s two-run home run in the second, helping the effort. They must be bucking for a promotion to Norfolk.
The bad news brought up the rear last Tuesday, when Bowie pitchers walked eight and allowed four of those batters to score, in a 7-5 loss to the Curve.
Chayce McDermott (L, 0-1) walked four and allowed six runs, including a two-run home run to Endy Rodriguez in the third. Only lasting 4.1 innings, McDermott has managed just 7.2 innings in his Double-A career, while walking 10 batters, allowing five home runs and 14 runs.
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