Bowie, MD – The Senators exploded with a four-run fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead, but the Bowie Baysox rallied and hung on for a 6-4 victory in game two of the series at Prince George's stadium.
After only two men reached in the first three innings for Harrisburg, five of the first six reached in the fourth. Bryce Harper, playing in his second game with the Senators on an MLB rehab assignment, started the big inning with a walk. Two batters later, Justin Bloxom also drew a walk. Jimmy Van Ostrand drove in Harper with an RBI double, before Jason Martinson came through with a double of his own to bring home Bloxom and Van Ostrand. The next batter was Sandy Leon, who delivered an RBI single to cap the rally.
The Senators didn't record another hit the rest of the night, while it was Bowie's turn to rally. The Baysox scored three times in the fifth inning to tie the game. It remained knotted up until the seventh, when Caleb Joseph blasted a two-run home run off Harrisburg reliever Matt Grace that eventually won the game for Bowie. The runs were the first allowed by Grace in eight appearances with the Senators, a span of 11 innings.
Chris Petrini earned the win for Bowie with a pair of shutout innings out of the Baysox bullpen. Oliver Drake recorded a two-inning save, retiring all six hitters he faced. Harper went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. He is likely to return to the Nationals on Monday.