Squirrels fall deeper behind Baysox with loss

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and the Bowie Baysox (62-57) edged the Richmond Flying Squirrels (60-60), 6-4, in game two of a three-game series at The Diamond Saturday night. With the win, Bowie is now two and a half games in front of Richmond in the race for the Western Division wild-card spot.

Richmond outfielder Juan Perez went 1-for-4 to extend his team-bets hit streak to 16 games.

Bowie struck first with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Jonathan Schoop doubled to start the inning and he advanced to third base on a wild pitch from Squirrels starter Craig Westcott. Buck Britton followed with an RBI groundout that scored Schoop. Westcott gave up a one-out double to Ty Kelly and he came around to score later in the inning on Zelous Wheeler's RBI single, which extended Bowie's lead to 2-0.

The Baysox added two more runs an inning later. Westcott retired the first two batters he faced before giving up a double to Schoop. Britton followed with an RBI single and he advanced to second on the throw and then to third base with no one covering the bag. Kelly followed with an infield single that brought home Britton and made it a 4-0 Bowie lead.

Bowie tacked on another run in the top of the fifth. Kelly led off the inning with a single and he advanced to second on Robbie Widlansky's groundout to first base. Caleb Joseph followed with an RBI single that extended Bowie's advantage to 5-0.

Richmond finally got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs off Bowie starter Mike Wright in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Liles led off the inning with a single and Ehire Adrianza drew a one-out walk. Two batters later, Mark Minicozzi ripped a two-run double into right-center field, which made a 5-2 contest.

The Flying Squirrels struck for two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Johnny Monell and Russ Mitchell hit consecutive singles to start the inning. After Wright was removed from the contest, Luke Anders smacked an RBI double that scored Monell. Mitchell scored later in the inning on Gary Brown's sacrifice fly, which reduced Bowie's lead to 5-4.

Richmond stayed within a run of the Baysox until the top of the ninth. Widlansky hit a two-out double off Squirrels reliever Edwin Quirarte and Joseph followed with an RBI double that made it a 6-4 ballgame.

For the second straight night, Bowie closer Kyler Newby retired the Squirrels in order in the bottom of the ninth to seal Bowie's victory. Wright (3-3) allowed nine hits and four earned runs in five innings pitched and he earned the win. Westcott (10-9) was charged with the loss after he allowed nine hits and five earned runs along with three walks and two strikeouts in five innings pitched. Newby picked up his 13th save of the season.

The Squirrels will attempt to salvage a win in the series when the two teams square off in the finale at The Diamond Sunday night. Richmond will send RHP Chris Heston (8-5, 2.34) to mound. Bowie is expected to counter with LHP Jacob Pettit (8-3, 4.59).