Villanueva Shines in Complete Game Loss
6/3/2015, 6:30 p.m. | Updated on 6/3/2015, 5:06 p.m.
BALTIMORE,Md. RHP Elih Villanueva threw the first complete game for a Bowie pitcher in 2015 but he ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat in New Hampshire. The FisherCats scored an unearned run in the third inning for the game’s lone run.
In the third inning, DH Shane Orpitz tripled to the alley in right-center field with one out. Villanueva then coaxed a popout off the bat of C Pierce Rankin for the second out. 2B Jorge Flores then batted hitting the ball hard to the right side. Baysox 2B Garabez Rosa fielded beautifully spinning to throw in the shallow outfield grass. His throw sailed on him though, skidding off the top of the glove of 1B Brandon Snyder. Home to score was Opitz with the game’s lone run.
Bowie registered three hits in the game off of New Hampshire starter Matt Boyd. Boyd (5-1) worked a season-high 8 and 1/3rd innings in the win. The Baysox moved a runner into scoring position just one time in the game. Boyd, who entered the game with the best ERA in the Eastern League, exited after SS Ozzie Martinez singled with one down in the ninth inning. The Baysox could get Martinez no closer to the plate before the game’s conclusion.
The game was the shortest of the season for Bowie at 1 hour and 58 minutes. The Baysox saw a three-game winning streak end. With a morning win for Altoona, the Baysox are now four games out of first in the Eastern League’s West.
The series continues with another day game Thurssday, June 4th at 10:35 a.m. with LHP Tim Berry getting the start. Coverage begins 20-minutes prior on 1430wnav.com and via the Tune-In Radio App by searching Bowie Baysox.
Bowie returns home for Dollar Dog Night Tuesday, June 9th at 6:35 p.m. against the Binghamton Mets. Get your tickets over the phone at 301-805-6000 or online at baysox.com.