PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 6-4 loss to the Bowie Baysox Friday night at Hadlock Field. Seven errors were committed between the two teams, leading to five unearned runs.
Keith Couch climbed the hill for Portland and was greeted by a leadoff double off the bat of K.D. Kang. The Baysox loaded the bases against the righty with one out and former Sea Dog Ronald Bermudez hit an RBI single to begin the scoring.
Portland responded with a pair in the bottom of the second against the lefty Jason Gurka, who got the spot start when Baltimore recalled the original starter, Tim Berry. Gurka retired the first two men of the inning via strikeouts before Keury De La Cruz and Matt Spring hit back-to-back singles.
Jonathan Roof followed and worked a walk to fill the bases. Heiker Meneses hit a grounder to short, which Garabez Rosa booted into left field. Kang couldn’t handle the slow-roller either for another error, two runs score and Portland held the 2-1 lead.
Bowie bounced back in the fourth and tied it with a two-out run. Rosa and Sharlon Schoop hit a pair of singles and Kang plated the lead runner on a double for the Baysox’s second, and tying run.
The visitors weren’t done and picked up another pair off Couch in the fifth. Slugger Christian Walker began the frame with his league-leading 16th home run. A pair of two-out doubles by Michael Ohlman and David Adams plated another and made it 4-2 Bowie.
For the second night in a row, the Sea Dogs scored a run without the benefit of a hit in an inning. Sean Coyle reached on a passed ball after he struck out, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error to the pitcher and scored on an error by the third baseman to make it 4-3.
The visitors staved off the comeback and increased their lead to 6-3 with another pair in the eighth.
Couch (7-1) took the loss with his five innings of work, in which he allowed four runs, all earned, on 10 hits, a walk, and six strikeouts