PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs blew a five-run lead and fell 8-7 to the Bowie Baysox Saturday night at Hadlock Field. The loss marks the second in a row for Portland (40-22) and 11th on the season at home.
The Sea Dogs held a five-run, 7-2 lead after five, but Bowie would begin to rally in the sixth. Portland’s starter Mickey Pena walked the first two men of the inning and with one out gave up a walk with the bases loaded to bring home a run, and end his night. Matty Ott took over and gave up a run on an infield single before the inning came to an end.
The Baysox (32-29) continued to chip away and took the lead with a four-run seventh. Ott gave up a single, walk, and another single to open up the inning, before John Ruettiger struck a double to right and plated a pair. David Adams tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Michael Ohlman gave the visitors the 8-7 lead with a single to center.
Portland had a few chances to tie it over the final nine outs, but could not. Bo Greenwell began the seventh by getting hit and moved to second on a single by Derrik Gibson. Anthony Vasquez battled back on the mound for Bowie and induced a flyout to center and an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Mike Brenly hit a one-out double in the ninth and moved to third on a 6-3 ground out, but was left stranded there when Steve Hensley got Gibson to fly out to center to end the game.
Vasquez (1-4) earned the win in relief with three scoreless innings and Hensley the save with the scoreless ninth. Ott (1-2) took the loss for the Sea Dogs, allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits and a walk.