The Bowie pitchers have had trouble with home runs and the ninth inning all season. Those trends continued last night when Larry Barnes hit a three-run homer off Ryan Kohlmeier in the top of the ninth to give the Erie SeaWolves a 6-4 victory over Bowie in a Class AA Eastern League game before 5,373 at Prince George's Stadium.
Entering the game, Baysox pitchers led the Eastern League with 90 home runs allowed. In addition, Bowie had been outscored, 36-19, in the ninth. Kohlmeier ran into trouble immediately upon entering in the ninth with the Baysox clinging to a 4-3 lead.
Kohlmeier (3-3) first walked No. 9 batter Chuck Abbott, and Trent Durrington sacrificed Abbott to second. Eddie Christian moved Abbott to third with a single before Barnes belted a Kohlmeier pitch over the right field fence for the winning shot.
"In defense of Ryan, while that wasn't his best performance, he hasn't pitched in five or six days," Baysox Manager Joe Ferguson said. "[Power pitchers] lose their rhythm, their command. That's not the first time I've seen that happen."
Erie (49-34) extended its lead over Bowie (45-37) to 3 1/2 games, the most the Baysox have been back this season. Bowie also fell out of second place as Akron (47-37) moved a game ahead with its win against Reading.