“We swung the bat really well today, and I couldn't be happier,” explained Manager Gary Kendall following the win. “We were able to get some 2-out hits.”
For just the second time all season, Bowie (2-5) got on the board first with three runs in the first three innings of the game. Left fielder Robbie Widlansky-sporting a .105 batting average with 2 RBIs entering Wednesday-drove in four of those 11 runs, including an RBI single that scored shortstop Manny Machado in the third inning.
Widlansky finished the game going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and an eighth inning three-run homer. Bowie's bottom-four hitters (Widlansky, Brandon Waring, Allan de San Miguel and Antoan Richardson) each had multiple hit games and combined to go 12-for-20 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored (each left just one man on base, too).
Machado was the only Baysox batter to go without a hit, and six of the nine recorded multiple-hit games.
When asked about the production he got from the bottom of his lineup, Kendall said “We're gonna need them to step up for us. Especially Widlansky. They provide the experience and they lead by example. We'll rely heavily on them to move runners over.”
It wasn't all offense Wednesday afternoon, however. Starter Bobby Bundy picked up his first win of the season after his second outing. Heading in to this game, Bowie starters have allowed five first-inning runs. But Bundy surrendered just two hits and walked two batters in his six scoreless innings.
The opposing team's late-game success continued, blowing up Bowie's bullpen for six runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but the Richmond Flying Squirrels dug themselves too deep of a hole to overcome.
“The offense gave Bundy some confidence and hopefully we can build on it. We've got a long bus ride to Erie and it's good to get the win,” said Kendall, confidently.
It's true, shortly after the day game the 'Sox packed their bags and headed to Erie, Pennsylvania where they will play a four-game weekend series against the Erie Seawolves. Jacob Pettitt will take the mound for his second start of the season on Thursday at 6:35 P.M.