Bowie's bats never truly came out against Erie's pitchers, recording just four hits all game including just one base-hit through the first five innings of play.
Thanks to a couple of walks and Jonathan Schoop's early single, Bowie loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning but were unable to get anything on the board after first baseman Tyler Townsend (.286 batting average, 4 HRs, 11 RBI this season) lined out to deep center field to end the scoring threat.
The 'Sox one run came in the bottom half of the seventh when designated hitter Brandon Waring (.314 BA, 3 HRs, 8 RBI) singled and later scored on a Zelous Wheeler's (.171 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI) RBI fielder's choice to second. It proved to be Bowie's lone multi-hit inning of the game.
“We had some opportunities, and we really did hit the ball hard,” said Manager Gary Kendall following the loss. “We just didn't get the big one when we needed it. They came up with some big plays in the field against us. It was a little frustrating.”
Erie starter Kelvin De La Cruz picked up his first win of the season with a brilliant performance. In six scoreless innings, De La Cruz allowed just two Bowie base-hits and struck out four batters. He was taken out with a pitch count of 83 upon completing the sixth inning.
As for Bascom, the 27-year old righty has now allowed three or more earned runs in three of his four starts this season, this one being his first loss of 2012.
“It certainly wasn't a bad outing,” said Kendall. “It's been a tough fight for him this season but he gave us the opportunity to win the game. Our offense just couldn't come through for him.”
In Saturday's 6:35 p.m. matchup with Erie, Bobby Bundy (1-2, 4.60 ERA) will be on the mound to make his fourth start of the 2012 campaign. Bundy's last outing was rough, as he allowed four earned runs over 4.2 innings in a 6-3 loss against Akron.