HARTFORD, July 2 – The ball keeps flying over the fence at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Unfortunately for the home team, it is the Bowie Baysox putting the ball over the fence.
Bowie hit five home runs in a 6-2 Eastern League win over the Hartford Yard Goats Tuesday night as the Baysox improved to 5-0 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park this season and beat the Yard Goats for the eighth time in 11 games this season.
Bowie’s Ryan McKenna had two home runs in the win while pitcher Dean Kremer pitched seven scoreless innings to carry the visitors. On Monday night, Bowie had four home runs in the first two innings on the way to a 7-3 decision.
Bowie’s Jesmuel Valentin, the son of former Major League player Jose Valentin, started the power surge with a two-run home run to right field off Hartford starting pitcher Matt Dennis. One out later, Preston Palmerio, the son of former Major League player Rafael Palmerio, hit a solo home run.
Bowie, the Double A affilate of the Baltimore Orioles, scored two more runs off Dennis in the third inning on solo home runs from McKenna and Carlos Perez. In four innings, Dennis gave up five runs on six hits. McKenna hit his second home run of the game off Yard Goats reliever Tate Scioneaux in the ninth inning.
Kremer held the Yard Goats to three hits over seven innings, striking out five.
Hartford put two runs up on the board off Bowie reliever Dillon Tate in the ninth inning thanks to a single from Tyler Nevin, a double by Bret Boswell and a two-run single from Alan Trejo. Trejo had two hits and two RBI and Vance Vizcaino two singles to lead the Hartford attack. There 5,823 fans in the ballpark.
On Monday night, Hartford hurler Ben Meyer got roughed up early in a 7-3 loss. Meyer pitched last season for the Miami Marlins but struggled against the Baysox. He gave up back-to-back home runs to McKenna, who had a two-run home run, and Yusniel Diaz.
In the second inning, Bowie had back-to-back home runs off the bats of T.J. Nichting and Mason McCoy.
Hartford reliever Heath Holder gave the Yard Goats a chance, pitching six scoreless innings and fanning two.
Hartford scored in the fifth inning after a leadoff double from Vince Vizcano and a RBI single from Manny Melendez. In the sixth inning, Chris Rabago had a RBI single. Tyler Nevin had two doubles and a run scored, while Arvicent Perez, Melendez, Rabago and Boswell each had two hits to lead Hartford’s 12-hit attack.
The series concludes on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. with fireworks after the game in honor of the July 4 holiday.
Before the game, a naturalization ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. with 60 residents taking the oath to become American citizens. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will participate in the ceremony.