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Rich Zagone pitches superbly in his very first AAA start, Six and a third three hits, no runs. Dare we hope? Mahoney has a big day. Tides win 2-0
The Bowie Baysox (15-21) fell behind early and lost their third straight game to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (19-18) 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
The Squirrels wasted no time getting out to the early lead. Gary Brown led off the first with a single and Ryan Cavan followed with another single. Daniel Mayora then knocked them both in with a two-run double to right. With one out, Mayora stole third and Johnny Monell walked to put runners at the corners. Then Nick Liles hit into a fielders choice and on the play Mayora scored to make the score 3-0.
In the top of the second, the Baysox answered right back. Brandon Waring led off with a single and scored on a double by Manny Machado. With two outs in the inning, Robbie Widlansky knocked in Machado with a single to left. Widlansky was also able to advance to second on the throw home. The next batter, Travis Adair, hit an RBI single to center that tied up the game, 3-3.
The Squirrels took the lead back in the third. Mayora singled with one out and Johnny Monell gave Richmond the lead back with a double to right. Liles then added another run with a single that scored Monell and made the score 5-3.
In the sixth, the Baysox cut the lead to one when Brandon Waring hit his sixth home run of the season to make the score 5-4.
Justin Fitzgerald picked up the win. He went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Daryl Maday pitched the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run to get his sixth save of the season.
Tim Bascom got the loss going five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks.
The Keys snapped their five-game losing streak, defeating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 6-5 at Harry Grove Stadium.
All but one batter in the Keys lineup recorded a base hit as their pitching also held steady, giving up just three hits through the first seven innings of play.
After taking a 4-2 lead in the fourth, the Keys never looked back, cruising to the win in front of the 5,008 home fans.
The win puts Frederick at 11-21 on the year.
Starting pitcher Trent Howard, who was making a surprise start due to the promotion of scheduled starter Rick Zagone, went four strong innings, giving up two earned runs on only two hits. Relief pitcher Ryan Berry, however, is credited with the win after going three innings and giving up no runs on just one hit and no walks.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third inning, Chris Tremblay tied the score at two when he hit just his second career homerun in 203 career games.
The next inning, the Keys took the lead by scoring twice as they found themselves on top 4-2. Matt Sweeney and Adam Davis led off the inning with a walk and a single, respectively, before Michael Rooney hit a double to score a run. A slow groundball out from Chris Tremblay allowed another runner to come, giving the Keys their first lead of the game. They would never trail from there.
Two innings later, the Keys added on some insurance runs, scoring twice more in the sixth inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Keys loaded the bases with nobody out as Sweeney lead off with a double, and Davis reached on an error before Rooney got on with a walk. Tremblay hit one runner home with an RBI fielder’s choice – his third RBI of the day – to score the first run of the inning. The next batter, Mike Planeta, hit a sacrifice fly to bring home another.
Those insurance runs proved valuable as Wilmington scored three times in the final two innings to draw within one. A solo homerun from Geulin Beltre in the eighth inning and two-run shot from Travis Jones in the ninth cut the Keys lead to 6-5, but the Keys would manage to leave with the win.
Jason Esposito hit a grounder through the left side of the infield in the eleventh inning to lift the Shorebirds past Kannapolis, 6-5, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Matt Taylor and Jesse Beal combined to hold Kannapolis to just one unearned run over the final 5.2 innings.
Kannapolis scored three runs in the first against Shorebirds starter Miguel Chalas. Rangel Ravelo hit a two-run double to left and Mark Haddow singled to give the Intimidators a 3-0 lead.
Down 4-0 in the fifth, the Shorebirds took their first lead by scoring five runs. Nicky Delmonico capped the scoring with a two-run single through the right side of the infield. Sammie Starr and Glynn Davis also had run-scoring hits in the inning.
The Intimidators tied the game at five in the seventh. With Grant Buckner at second, Kevan Smith hit a grounder to third that went below the glove of Esposito and into left field, allowing Buckner to score.
In the bottom of the eleventh, Davis blistered a single into center field to ignite the Shorebirds. Then, John Ruettiger drew a four-pitch walk to advance Davis to second. Esposito followed with a single into left field to score Davis and give the Shorebirds a 6-5 win.
Jesse Beal earned the win by tossing two scoreless innings. Matt Taylor struck out seven batters over 3.2 innings and allowed just one hit.
Justin Dalles paced an 11-hit Shorebirds attack with a 3-for-6 day at the plate. Davis, Esposito and Starr each had two hits.
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