When it mattered most the Bowie Baysox were unable to put runs on the board Friday night, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. One night after Tim Bascom's brilliant six scoreless innings outing in an opening night victory, Bowie allowed three early runs and eventually fell to 1-1 following the 5-2 defeat.
Starting pitcher Bobby Bundy (11-5, 2.75 ERA with Class-A Frederick last season) was roughed up for four earned runs off eight hits in his 5.0 innings of work. He struck out six batters, but the two surrendered home runs overshadows that statistic.
Bundy received little run support throughout the early innings, seeing as Bowie managed just five base hits while he was in the game. The team's first hit came in the the bottom of the third inning with an Antoan Richardson single to centerfield.
Harrisburg's Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel, continuing with their major league rehab in Double-A, led the way for the Senators in the offensive category. Centerfielder Ankiel took Bundy deep with a runner on base just three batters in to the game. Right fielder Eury Perez knocked in catcher Sandy Leon on an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to give the Senators the 3-0 lead.
Morse's solo round-tripper came in the fifth inning to end Bundy's day on the mound. After combining for four strikeouts in yesterday's matchup, the Ankiel and Morse duo went 3-for-6, two HRs and three RBIs before leaving the game after five innings.
Bowie made a late surge, scoring two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run homer off first baseman Tyler Townsend's bat. However Harrisburg's final three innings on the mound surrendered just three hits among three different relieving pitchers. Pat Lehman came on in the ninth and closed out the game in his first appearance of the season.
Only two of Bowie's 10 hits went for extra bases (Townsend's homer and Manny Machado's eighth inning double. The Baysox No. 3 and No. 4 hitters-L.J. Hoes and Robbie Widlansky-combined to go 0-7 with three strikeouts.
Harrisburg reliever Erik Davis earned the victory despite allowing the only two Bowie runs in two innings of work. Bundy was hit with the loss in his fifth career start as a member of the Baysox.
Game three of the four-game series will get underway at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Lefty Jacob Pettitt is scheduled to take the mound for Bowie against Harrisburg's right hander Jeff Mandel.