Valentin, Torres go deep in three-run fifth inning.

News Release, Bowie Baysox

BOWIE, Md. — Two home runs in the fifth inning helped Marcos Molina earn his first win of the season in a 6-4 Bowie Baysox victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in front of 3,463 at Prince George’s Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Shawled off the game with a solo home run three pitches into the game, but the legs ofRylan Bannonhelped Bowie steal a run in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Squirrels starterConner Menezthrew a pick-off attempt to first base. Meanwhile, Bannon sprinted home to tie the game at 1-1, easily being the throw from first baseman Brock Stassi.

The newest addition to the Baysox lineup gave the hosts a 2-1 lead in the second inning.Ian Evanslaunched a sacrifice fly to deep center field for his first Double-A RBI in his first Eastern League start.Preston Palmeiroscored easily after reaching on his fifth double during the homestand.

Richmond (9-13) regained the lead with a three-run third inning to make it a 4-2 game, but Bowie chipped away with a run in the fourth.Ryan McKennamuscled an 0-2 offering from Menez over right fielderHeath Quinn‘s head for an opposite-field RBI double, scoring Palmeiro and cutting the deficit to 4-3. The RBI marked the first for the Baysox leadoff batter since the extra-inning victory April 14 against Harrisburg.

Jesse Valentin snapped a five-game hitless streak in the fifth inning, cranking a 3-1 pitch over the billboards in left field to tie the game at 4-4. The second long ball of the season knocked Menez from the game and marked the 1st hit for the shortstop since his last home run at Erie on April 23.

Two batters later, after Palmeiro drew a walk against relieverChase Johnson,Alexis Torreslaunched his second home run of the year to left-center field. The two-run shot gave Bowie a 6-4 lead and marked the fourth lead change of the game.

Marcos Molina earned his first win of the season, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Richmond loaded the bases in the third inning, but the righty retired the next 13 batters, andZach Popentered in relief to strike out Quinn and end the threat.Tyler Erwinearned his third save of the season by keeping the Squirrels off the scoreboard over the final two innings.

Bowie (6-19) and Richmond conclude their three-game series with the second straight 11:05 a.m. start. RHPHunter Harveysquares off with LHP Garrett WIlliams during the second STEM Day in as many days. Students from across Maryland will be on hand to learn how baseball can apply to subjects such as math, science, geography and technology.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...