It was another convincing offensive performance by the SeaWolves on Monday night at Prince George’s Stadium, but they found themselves on the wrong end of an 11-9 game to the Bowie Baysox.
Erie jumped ahead in the first inning against lefty Brian Matuz, who was with the Baysox on a Major League rehab assignment. Gustavo Nunez led off the game with a bunt single and moved to second on an Alberto Gonzalez knock. With one out, Dean Green singled home Nunez for a 1-0 lead. Dominic Ficociello followed with his first hit of the season, an RBI single to right making it 2-0. With two outs, Austin Green smashed a three-run home run to left for a 5-0 lead. The three-run blast was Green’s second in three games. Tyler Bortnick kept the inning going, bunting his way aboard. Bortnick stole second and scored on a Connor Harrell knock for a 6-0 lead.
The Baysox responded in the last of the first against Erie starter Brennan Smith. Julio Boron led off with a walk and with one out, Trey Mancini belted a two-run home run to make it 6-2.
Bowie would then take the lead in the second. With one out, Corban Joseph connected on a solo home run to right making it 6-3. Drew Dosch and Jeff Kemp followed with back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners for the top of the lineup. Borbon and Mike Yastrzemski each singled to bring home a pair of runs, making it a one-run game at 6-5. Manicni followed and during the at-bat, a wild pitch from Smith allowed Borbon to score and put Yastrzemski on third. With two outs, Chance Sisco singled home Yastrzemski for a 7-6 Baysox advantage.
The SeaWolves tied the game in the top of the third against Chris Lee. With one out, Jason Krizan walked and moved to third on an Austin Green single. Bortnick lifted a fly ball to center, plating Krizan, tying the game at 7-7.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Baysox regained the lead on a Borbon solo home run making it 8-7. Erie would never rebound from that point. Bowie added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, building a four-run advantage.
The ‘Wolves would get two back in the top of the eighth. Krizan walked to start the inning and Bortnick clobbered a two-run blast to left. The second home run for Bortnick made it 11-9, but the ‘Wolves would get no closer.
Smith (0-1) allowed eight runs on eight hits with three walks and a strikeout in 3.1 innings of work in the losing effort.
Lee (1-0) earned the win in relief. He allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The SeaWolves look to snap a three-game slide on Tuesday night against the Baysox at 6:35 p.m. RHP Austin Kubitza makes his first start of the season against RHP Jason Garcia.