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SeaWolves Bend Spoone

April 20, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - Bowie Baysox News Release

ERIE, Penn. - The Bowie Baysox won nine of their first 10 games to start the season, but their sprint has turned into a skid as they dropped their third straight game, 7-2 against the Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday.

The Baysox now stand at 9-4 and have been knocked into second place in the Eastern League's Western Division, trailing the Altoona Curve by half a game.

Starting pitcher Chorye Spoone took the loss for the Baysox with four runs, two earned, and four walks in four and two-thirds innings. It was Spoone's first loss of the year, as his ERA rose to 3.07.

Paco Figueroa, playing in the outfield for a change, had the most meaningful offensive impact for the Baysox. He went three-for-four with a home run and a bunt single with two RBI.

SeaWolves third baseman Audy Ciriaco led off the bottom of the second inning with a single up the middle, stole second base and advanced to third when Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph's throw sailed into center field. Spoone walked the next batter and Ciriaco scored on a double play by shortstop Cale Iorg. A groundout to first ended the inning.

Spoone withstood another SeaWolves broadside in the third inning, which he opened by giving up a single to Erie left fielder Andy Dirks and walking center fielder Wilkin Ramirez. Deik Scram followed with a single through the hole at second base to plate Dirks and Ramirez scored on a sacrifice fly to push the SeaWolves lead to 3-0.

Like in Monday's game, the Baysox were completely stifled through three innings. Figueroa broke up the no-hitter with a single to left to lead off the fourth inning and first baseman Robbie Widlansky followed with a one-out single. The promising inning crumbled quickly as Brandon Waring and designated hitter Joel Guzman went down on strikes.

Right hander Eddie Gamboa came in for Spoone in the middle of the fifth inning with the score 4-0 and he did all that could be asked of him, retiring seven out of eight batters he faced. Gamboa's performance held the Wolves in striking distance as Figueroa drilled a two-run homer to left field in the top of the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Baysox couldn't carry any momentum off of those runs, and only picked up one more hit before a complete collapse in the bottom of the eighth inning dispelled any notions of a comeback. Lefty Wilfrido Perez came in with a three-for-three record in save attempts, trying to record his first win of the year. He opened the inning by loading the bases with a walk to Erie catcher Max St. Pierre, a double by Iorg and another walk to second baseman Justin Henry. St. Pierre was out at home on a fielder's choice by Dirks, but Ramirez singled to plate Iorg, Henry scored on a sacrifice fly and Dirks trotted across the plate after a wild pitch.

Perez got out of the inning with Bowie trailing 7-2, but the Baysox went three up, three down in the top of the ninth to close the game.

The Baysox have one more game on their road trip, Wednesday in Erie at 12:05 p.m. They return to Bowie, where they are 6-1 this season, on April 22, for a home stand against the Akron Aeros and SeaWolves. The games on April 23 and April 24 will feature the Baysox signature fireworks celebration after the game, presented by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.

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