Brad Bournival

The downside of good things is eventually they all go sour.

On Saturday, things never really got going for the RubberDucks at Canal Park and it led to a 7-2 loss to the Bowie Baysox in front of a crowd of 6,460.

The Ducks (22-22), came in riding a five-game winning streak, found themselves down 4-1 after four innings.

RubberDucks pitchers had surfed the crest of 22? innings without allowing a run. That ended in the first inning on a two-run home run by D.J. Stewart.

“They played better today,” Ducks manager Mark Budzinski said of the Baysox. “They’re leading the league in hitting, and they showed why today.”

Nick Pasquale (3-4, 4.25) had a bad outing for the second consecutive time, which has been very rare for the right-hander this season.

After giving up five runs — three earned — in four innings of a 5-2 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats, the 26-year-old was looking to bounce back.

It didn’t happen as the Baysox (25-24) jumped on him and really never let off the gas.

Bowie punched Pasquale for nine hits and seven runs — all earned — in five innings.

Pasquale was able to record six strikeouts, but timely hitting did him in.

It was the worst outing of the year for the 20th-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, who hadn’t given up more than four earned runs or six hits in any outing before Saturday.

“The last two outings he just hasn’t had good command of his fastball,” Budzinski said. “When he’s thrown his breaking ball, he’s left it up in the zone. He’s working hard. He’ll get back on track.”

Bobby Bradley and Mark Mathias put the Ducks on the board with RBI singles in the first and sixth, respectively, but other than that clutch hitting wasn’t on the resume as the Ducks left 12 on base.

“They did a good job of making the pitches when they had to make them,” Budzinski said. “We didn’t get those timely hits. That’s what happens when you don’t win the ballgame. You have to deliver in those situations.”

If there were bright spots, they came from Francisco Mejia and Perci Garner.

Mejia went 4-for-4 and is batting .500 (12-for-24) with two home runs and five RBI since coming off the disabled list on May 19. He has hit safely in seven consecutive games.

Garner, a Dover High School graduate and former Indians reliever, has worked through command issues this season, but made his 2017 debut and looked solid.

The 28-year-old gave the RubberDucks two innings of one-hit ball and added a strikeout.

“It felt good to be in a real game,” Garner said. “I was just glad to throw strikes and compete. My focus mentally has changed a little bit. Obviously, after last year my confidence has grown. I’m just trying to carry that on season after season.”

Roster move

Right-handed pitcher Neil Holland (2.0, 2.61) has been promoted to Triple A Columbus. He has three saves in nine appearances for the Ducks and will be making his third trip to the Clippers this season.

Up next

Game 3 of the four-game series begins Sunday at 6:35 p.m. Ducks southpaw Luis Lugo (3-1, 2.95) faces lefty Tanner Scott (0-0, 2.00).