BOWIE, Md. — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) dropped their second straight game against the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), falling 8-2 on Sunday at Prince George’s Stadium. Prior to losing the last two games, the Fisher Cats had rattled off a season-high seven-game winning streak, with 10 runs scored in four consecutive games.
New Hampshire still secured a 4-2 series win after taking the first four games of the week in Bowie. Despite the loss, Samad Taylor upped his on-base streak to 22 games with a sixth-inning walk. He has reached in every game he has played in the month of June.
The Baysox took an early lead in the series finale and never looked back. Adley Rutschman hit a one-out single in the first inning against starter Reilly Hovis (L, 0-1), who was making his Fisher Cats debut. After moving to second on a passed ball, Rutschman came around to score on an RBI double by Patrick Dorrian.
Two batters later, Robert Neustrom brought home Dorrian on an RBI single.
After tossing a scoreless second, Hovis gave up a solo homer to Toby Welk in the third to make it a 3-0 contest.
New Hampshire plated its lone run against Baysox starter Ofelky Peralta (W, 4-0) in the fifth. LJ Talley doubled to start the inning, and after a sacrifice bunt by Vinny Capra, Brock Lundquist lofted a run-scoring single to right to cut the deficit to two.
Peralta ultimately earned the win, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing two hits and one run while walking one and striking out five.
Bowie added some insurance in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs against Hovis, who was tagged with the loss in his first outing in affiliated ball since 2018.
New Hampshire had an opportunity to get back into the game in the seventh against the Baysox bullpen. With the bases loaded and one out, Tanner Kirwer drew an RBI walk against Nick Vespi to bring the tying run to the plate. But Diogenes Almengo replaced Vespi and ended the threat by striking out Taylor and getting Chavez Young to ground out.
Jon Harris threw 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for New Hampshire after replacing Hovis, but Bowie put the game away for good with two runs in the eighth against Andrew McInvale.
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