RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Squirrels improved to two games over .500, and have their first three game win streak of the season, after beating the Baysox 6-4 in the opener of a three game set.
For the second straight night, the Squirrels' new-look offense came out swinging. On the second pitch of the ballgame from Bowie right-hander Chorye Spoone, Juan Perez ripped a double up the left-field line. A batter later, Roger Kieschnick torched an RBI triple into the alley in left-center field for a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Wes Hodges laced an RBI single into center field to plate Kieschnick. Justin Christian then chopped a single over the head of third baseman Billy Rowell to put two runners aboard. Johnny Monell cracked an RBI single to right-center field giving Richmond a 3-0 lead and leaving runners at the corners. With Aaron Lowenstein at the plate, Monell bluffed toward second base and prompted a throw from Caleb Joseph. Christian sprinted in for a 4-0 lead as Monell intentionally got himself into a rundown. Monell was tagged out to end the inning.
Squirrels' right-hander Daryl Maday escaped a jam in the first inning, and including the final out in the first, retired 10 consecutive batters through the fourth inning. However, he got off track in the fifth, as the Baysox rallied to tie the ballgame with four runs against him. Pedro Florimon started the inning with a single, and Buck Britton put two aboard when he singled through the left side. Maday delivered a wild-pitch, allowing Florimon to score the first Bowie run. Billy Rowell then recorded a single, the third consecutive hit for the Baysox. Ronnie Welty followed and decked a payoff fastball from Maday off the scoreboard in left-center field. The three-run home run, the ninth of the season for Welty, tied the game, 4-4.
Maday departed to a no-decision after 5 2/3 innings. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Spoone settled in nicely, and allowed no further damage through the fifth inning. In the sixth however, the Squirrels broke back through to retake the lead. Chris Dominguez sparked the uprising with a one-out double up the third-base line. A batter later, Christian chopped an infield-single behind the mound. Bowie second baseman Greg Miclat threw wildly trying to get Christian at first base, and Dominguez strolled in on the error for a 5-4 Richmond lead. Christian swiped second base, and Monell walked behind him. Aaron Lowenstein then laced a single into right field. Christian raced in from second for a 6-4 advantage.
Spoone (1-4) departed during the Squirrels' sixth-inning rally, and was saddled with his fourth loss of the season over 5 2/3 innings. He was charged with six runs – all earned – on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four.
David Quinowski (2-1) was nearly flawless in relief for the Squirrels, earning the victory over three scoreless innings. The only blemish on his line was a lone single as he struck out four to earn his second victory of the season. Quinowski took the Squirrels within an out of the win, before giving way to closer Jason Stoffel. Stoffel allowed the tying runs aboard, but recovered to strike out Xavier Avery to seal the win and earn his 11th save of the season.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for 6:35 PM at The Diamond on Saturday night.