O’Brien Walk-Off Grand Slam Wins it for Baysox
5/4/2015, noon | Updated on 5/4/2015, 7:36 a.m.
Bowie, Md. Chris O’Brien completed an unlikely Baysox comeback with a two-out, pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon for an 11-9 win over Harrisburg.
The Baysox fell behind early, trailing by six runs after two innings, before beginning the long comeback journey that was capped by seven runs in the final two innings of the game.
O’Brien’s grand slam was his team-leading fourth home run of the season and extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 games. The hit was the Baysox first pinch-hit home run since Robbie Widlansky 7/11/11, the first grand slam since Chris Marrero 8/19/14 and the first walk-off home run since David Freitas 8/17/14.
Harrisburg jumped out to a commanding lead in the top of the second inning against Baysox starter Parker Bridwell. The first two batters of the inning singled to reach base and then scored on a Ricky Hague double to right field. Then with one out, Bridwell walked a pair of batters to load the bases before hits by Derrick Robinson and Tony Renda brought three more runs home. The final run of the inning scored on a Caleb Ramsey sacrifice fly to give the Senators a 6-0 lead.
Bowie got two runs back in the bottom of the third inning against Colin Bates, who was making a spot start out of the bullpen. Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-out single to right field and Glynn Davis followed with an RBI triple to center field. The Baysox kept the two-out rally going with a Garabez Rosa RBI infield single to make the score 6-2.
The Senators added a run in the top of the fifth inning against Baysox reliever Terry Doyle. The first three batters of the inning reached on singles to load the bases and Matt Skole brought Renda home with a sacrifice fly to left field to give Harrisburg a 7-2 lead.
The Baysox cut into the Senators lead again in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Derrik Gibson two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning against reliever James Simmons that made the score 7-4.
Harrisburg got a run back in the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Gene Escat. With one out, Matt Skole reached on a fielding error by first baseman Brandon Snyder and he moved to third base on a double to center field by Hague. Wilmer Difo's sacrifice fly to center field brought Skole home to give the Senators an 8-4 lead.
Bowie came storming back and seriously threatened the Harrisburg lead for the first time in the bottom of the eighth inning against reliever Bryan Harper. Quincy Latimore drew a lead-off walk and scored on a Jason Esposito double to center field. With one out, David Freitas homered to left-center field to cut the Harrisburg lead to 8-7. With two outs in the inning, the Baysox had runners on second and third, but a hard Rosa line drive was snagged by Kevin Keyes at first base to end the threat.