Rhodes’ Career Day Leads Baysox Past Senators In Series Finale

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, defeated the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, 8-3 in the finals on Sunday afternoon.

Bowie (31-31) was powered by the bat of John Rhodes, who collected a career-high five hits and six RBI on Sunday. Rhodes helped punctuate a dominant start for the Baysox in the top of the third inning.

After Dylan Bevers drove home the game’s opening run on an RBI single and Matthew Etzel placed another on a fielder’s choice, a throwing error by the Senators extended the frame. After an opposite-field single in his leadoff at bat in the second, Rhodes came to the dish with two runners on and two out in the third. He hit a three-run home run off the post down the left field line for his second hit of the afternoon and fourth home run of the season. Rhodes’ long ball made it 5-0 Baysox, capping a five-run third inning.

On the mound, it was another effective start from the right-hander Alex Pham for Bowie. The Senators did register three runs on five hits in the fourth – the only difficult inning for Pham. Dylan Crews hit a leadoff solo home run in the frame preceding a two-run single by Jordy Barley. Pham (W, 3-1) finished five innings for the fourth time this season and recorded a Double-A career-high eight strikeouts on Sunday. The Baysox bullpen closed down from there, with a pair of scoreless innings from the right-hander Lincoln Henzman and southpaw Ryan Hennen.

Rhodes’ third goal came in the fifth inning. Rhodes picked up his second single of the game, beating Etzel, who led off the inning with a walk, to make it 6-3. That was the last run charged to Harrisburg starter Michael Cuevas (L, 1-6), who allowed eight hits in addition to six runs (three earned) in his five innings.

Rhodes would rinse and repeat twice more for the Baysox. In both the seventh and ninth inning, he singled into the outfield, with each hit scoring another run. The latter of the two gave Bowie an 8-3 lead in the ninth.

Rhodes’ performance on Sunday marked the 29th five-hit game in Baysox franchise history and the second in the past two seasons. Jackson vacation scored five hits on August 11, 2023 in Richmond.

The 8-3 victory ended Bowie’s four-game skid and kept the Baysox mathematically alive for the first-half title game in the Eastern League Southwest division. Bowie is four and a half games out of first place in the division with six games remaining.

The Baysox return home Tuesday to kick off a six-game homestand against the Altoona Curve – Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Prince George’s Stadium to wrap up the first half. Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM ET from Bowie.

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