Yesterday, most minor league teams played the first game of the postseason. The Eastern League’s Western Division second half winners, the Bowie Baysox, won Game 1 of the best of five series against the Harrisburg Senators. Those two teams will play again in Bowie tonight before moving to Harrisburg for the rest of the series.
It was a nice night for a game, as the rain held off – for the most part – until the game was over. The first pitch was thrown out by Oriole great, Scott McGregor, and before the National Anthem, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Erie SeaWolves player Chace Numata who passed away on Monday after a skateboarding accident.
The Baysox scored first in the bottom of the 1st with a sacrifice fly by Carlos Perez that scored Ryan McKenna. The Senators tied it in the 6th, and scored a second run shortly thereafter. The Baysox answered those two runs with a second run courtesy of Yusniel Diaz who hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the 6th. In the 8th, Preston Palmiero tripled in Jesse Valentin, then Palmiero scored on a sacrifice by T.J. Nichting. A Ryan McKenna single a couple batters later brought Cedric Mullins home, giving Bowie a 5-2 lead. The Senators scored one more run in the top of the 9th, but Bowie maintained the lead, winning the game 5-3.
Interestingly, the game featured three sons of former major leaguers: Jesse Valentin and Preston Palmeiro on the Baysox, sons of Jose Valentin and Rafael Palmiero, and Dante Bichette, Jr., son of Dante Sr. and older brother of Bo. A fourth major leaguer’s son, Ryan Ripken (Cal’s son), also plays for the Baysox. And let’s not forget that the brother of former Oriole and current Yankee Zack Britton, Buck Britton, is the Baysox’ manager. Baseball is definitely a family affair.
I’m totally looking forward to Game 2 tonight!