Bowie, MD (WWBT)- The Bowie Baysox got out quickly and never looked back, taking a four-game series with a 6-1 victory over the Flying Squirrels on Sunday night at Prince George's Stadium. It was the Squirrels' final regular season appearance in Bowie, and they finish the year 3-10 at Prince George's Stadium. The loss also drops the Squirrels two games behind the Baysox for second place in the Western Division.
Squirrels' right-hander Justin Fitzgerald got into immediate trouble, allowing back-to-back singles in the first inning to Xavier Avery and Greg Miclat, the first two batters that he faced. He walked Luke Scott to load the bases with nobody down before Joe Mahoney sent a ground ball to first base. Wes Hodges attempted to go to second base to start a double-play, but threw the ball off the back of Scott. It deflected into center field, with Avery and Miclat both scoring on the play for a 2-0 Bowie lead. Due to the error on Hodges, one of the two runs against Fitzgerald was unearned.
Two runs were enough for Bowie left-hander Michael Ballard. He whizzed through six scoreless innings, rolling four double-plays behind him to thwart any potential opportunities for the Squirrels.
Fitzgerald found his footing, and retired the next 12 batters that he faced. However, the Baysox got to him again in the sixth. With one out in the inning, Fitzgerald walked Scott for the second time. Mahoney followed and lined a two-run home run to left-center field for a 4-0 advantage.
Fitzgerald departed to the loss later in the inning. He suffered his fifth defeat of the season over 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits. He walked four and struck out three.
Roger Kieschnick finally solved Ballard in the seventh inning, belting his second home run of the series to right-center field. The solo-shot banged off the video screen, cutting the Squirrels' deficit to three runs, 4-1.
Richmond got no closer, as Ballard (5-0) earned the win over eight innings. He remained perfect with his fifth victory, limiting the Squirrels to a lone run on six hits. He walked none and struck out four as he beat Richmond for the second time.
The Baysox tacked on two runs against left-hander Alex Hinshaw in the eighth inning. Included in the inning was a solo-home run to right field for Scott, who scored twice in his first rehab appearance with the Baysox.
Richmond will head to New Britain on Monday to open up a three game series with the Rock Cats. That game will open up at 7:00 pm.