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  • Writer's pictureGrant DeVivo

Baysox Defeat Rumble Ponies 4-1

Updated: 7 days ago

Johnson K's 8, Rhodes homers in series opener victory

*Cover Photo Credit: Grant DeVivo

*Editor's Note: the author of this post was in attendance for last night's game

There was no rumbling of the ponies at Prince George's Stadium last night.

The Baysox and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies opened up a 6-game set in Bowie, Maryland last night. In a low scoring game, pretty much everything that could have gone the Baysox way went their way. They came away with a 4-1 victory that was defined by some important hitting with runners on and great pitching.

Seth Johnson struck out 8 Rumble Ponies last night in 4 scoreless innings. Photo: Grant DeVivo

Seth Johnson, the Orioles' No. 10 prospect, was given the start for the series opener. He got right to work with strikeouts of Matt Rudick and Wyatt Young. After allowing a single to Alex Ramirez (Mets No. 16), he came back and got a swinging strikeout of Ryan Clifford (Mets No. 4) to end the inning after 22 pitches.

Johnson would go on to work three more innings with the most offensive damage against him being two walks. Binghamton did not collect a single hit against him after Ramirez's single. He painted corners all night, flipped back and forth between fastball and curveball, and had great command of the zone for pretty much most of his outing. His fastball topped out at 98 MPH.

Johnson ended up going four total shutout innings with 8 strikeouts. He threw 67 pitches, 42 of them being for strikes. The bullpen came in and supported Johnson's start with 5 vallant innings of just one run ball, that one run being a JT Schwartz home run off southpaw Ryan Hennen.

John Rhodes connected for a 2-run home run last night. Photo: Grant DeVivo

The Bowie offense started off slow as they went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first. However, the "here comes the boom" moment came shortly after in the bottom of the second. After No. 27 prospect Frederick Bencosme's 1-out single, No. 23 prospect John Rhodes stepped into the plate and punished a 2-run home run over Clifford in left field and over the wall. It was his third home run of the season, and that put Bowie ahead 2-0.

The Baysox struck again with the bats the following inning. After Anthony Servideo led off the bottom of the 3rd with a soft double in right center field, No. 7 prospect Dylan Beavers put an RBI single down the right field line to score Servideo, pushing the score to 3-0. TT Bowens came up two batters later and drove in Beavers with an RBI groundout.

The Baysox were only able to collect a walk after this but thanks to a dominant start by Johnson and a great performance by the bullpen, this proved to be all they needed for the night. Overall, they collected those 4 runs on 5 hits and no errors, and they went 2-for-5 (.400) with runners in scoring position. Binghamton collected the Schwartz home run, 3 total hits, and an error, and they left 7 men on base.

The Baysox and Rumble Ponies are back at it tonight with a 6:35 first pitch. Alex Pham (O's No. 24) gets the start for Bowie while Justin Jarvis goes for Binghamton. It's Woof Wednesday so if you and your furry best friend are looking for something to do tonight, be sure to head to the Baysox game!

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