Simon strikes out three in first inning

Alfredo Simon, pitching for Double-A Bowie in his first affiliated game since being jailed in the Dominican for almost two months, struck out three Harrisburg batters in the top of the first inning.

Simon threw 23 pitches, 18 for strikes. His fastball topped out at 95 mph and was mostly in the 92-93 range.

Simon also allowed a run on two hits, though the RBI double by Tyler Moore should have been ruled an error. Xavier Avery ran down the ball in right-center field, and it bounced out of his glove.

Steve Lombardozzi singled with two outs and stole second base.

The leadoff batter, Chris Rahl, reached on a wild pitch after striking out, but he was caught stealing after breaking too soon and getting in a rundown. We checked to make sure A.J. Pierzynski wasn’t catching for the Baysox.

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