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The Baysox (15-22) dropped their fourth straight game 7-3 as they were unable to match the offensive production of the Altoona Curve (14-22) Tuesday night. With the loss, the Baysox fall to seven games below .500, their worst record of the season.
Twice in the first five innings, the Baysox were tied or held a lead and twice the Curve took it right back in the top of the next inning as the team struggled to keep up with Altoona early in the game. Altoona took advantage of their eight hits to score seven runs, tallying three extra-base hits and batting 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
“With a lead, you expect to go out there and compete the next inning and hopefully throw up a zero and keep the game manageable and we gave up a three spot,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “Then we threw up a couple tallies, but couldn’t get a hold the next inning, which kind of deflates your ballclub – you like to get that hold and stay in the ballgame, but that didn’t happen tonight.”
The Baysox jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning against Altoona starter Tim Alderson. Shortstop Manny Machado drew a one out walk and moved to second base after a single to right field by designated hitter Robbie Widlansky. With catcher Caleb Joseph batting, a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance and Machado scored on a sacrifice fly by Joseph that gave the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
Altoona took the lead right back in the top of the third inning against Baysox right-handed starting pitcher Bobby Bundy. Miles Durham hit a lead off double to left field and Anthony Norman was then hit by a pitch. Elevys Gonzalez followed with a triple to right field that cleared the bases and Gonzalez came around to score on a ground out by Robbie Grossman that made the score 3-1.
Bowie tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Center fielder LJ Hoes hit a lead off triple to center field and first baseman Brandon Waring followed with a double to left field that plated Hoes. With two outs, Joseph recorded his second RBI of the game when he plated Waring on a single to left field to make the score 3-3.
For the second time, the Curve took the lead right back in the top of the fifth inning. Durham hit a lead off single to second base and moved to second base on a ground out by Gonzalez. The two out damage began when Grossman singled to center field to score Durham before moving to second on the throw. Kelson Brown followed with a single to left field that plated Grossman. Tony Sanchez drew a walk and Matt Curry tripled to right field to clear the bases and make the score 7-3. Right-handed reliever Pat Egan replaced Bundy on the mound to finish the inning. All four of the Curve runs in the fifth inning came with two outs.
Bundy pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed seven runs on six hits, while striking out two batters and walking one.
“He had three one-two-three innings, it was just the other two innings where he lost his command a little bit,” said Pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra. Especially with two strikes, he had a chance to put some guys away, but he left some balls over the middle of the plate. It has been a struggle for him at times to make sure that he is repeating his delivery and repeating pitches. Tonight was one of those nights where he lost concentration on his delivery and went back into that pattern again.”
Egan pitched one and one-third innings, not allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher Kyler Newby pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one batter. Right-handed reliever Sean Gleason pitched the eighth inning and allowed one hit while striking out one batter. Right-handed reliever Greg Burke pitched the ninth inning for the Baysox, allowing one hit and striking out all three batters.
Alderson pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out three batters and walking one in the win for the Curve. Reliever Mike Colla picked up the save for the Curve, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out five batters.
Despite double-digit hits, the Baysox managed to score just three runs, as the offense stalled after scoring three runs in the first four innings.
“I was encouraged by the way we swung the bat; I thought we had some good passes, a lot of two out hits,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We couldn’t get the big hits in a couple of innings with runners in scoring position where we could have made the game interesting down the stretch.”
Frederick defeated Potomac in a rain-shortened six-inning game to claim the opener of their four-game series at Pfitzner Stadium 4-1. It is the fourth time in seven days the Keys have had a game effected by rain. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed and will be remade in a doubleheader Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.
The Keys grabbed the lead on the second pitch of the game. CF Trent Mummey, making his return from the disabled list, homered to right field to put Frederick atop 1-0. It was the second consecutive game that the Keys leadoff batter in the first inning hit a home run.
After the Nationals evened the score at 1-apiece the Keys went to work in the third inning. RF Jeremy Nowak, LF Kipp Schutz and DH Mike Flacco all doubled in a two-run rally that gave the Keys the lead. The Keys added another run on C Joe Oliveira’s RBI-double in the sixth inning.
The win was the first of the career for RHP Kyle Simon, the Keys opening day starter. Simon (1-6) went five innings allowing six hits and one run in the winning effort.
The rains came with two men on and no out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Lakewood BlueClaws (13-23) had the tying run at third and the go-ahead at second when Jake Cowan struck out Bob Stumpo to finish an 8-7 Shorebirds (18-19) win on Tuesday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Delmarva jumped to an early 3-0 in the first inning off Lino Martinez. The left-hander walked the first three batters of the game. Glynn Davis scored on a passed ball. Then, Justin Dalles hit a fly ball deep to left field that Aaron Altherr caught at the top of the wall, sacrificing home Mikey Planeta. Jason Esposito followed with a groundout RBI to second.
Lakewood grabbed a 4-3 lead with a three-run third inning. Harold Martinez hit a two-run triple down the right field line and Bob Stumpo delivered an RBI single.
The Shorebirds regained the lead in the third inning on a two-run double to left field by Brenden Webb. Dalles and Esposito drew walks to open the inning. The first five Shorebirds runners to score all reached base on walks.
The back-and-forth continued in the fourth inning as the BlueClaws scored twice to take a 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Nicky Delmonico blasted a triple to the right field corner to score Planeta, which tied the game at 6-6.
The Shorebirds took the lead for good in the fifth inning. Glynn Davis tripled to deep right field to score Gabriel Lino and Mychal Givens, who both reached on singles.
Shorebirds starter Tim Berry settled for a no decision over five innings. He yielded eight hits and six runs.
Williams Louico, who was activated off the DL today, faced the minimum over two perfect innings. Jose Nivar induced a double play to face the minimum in a scoreless eighth inning.
In the ninth inning, Nivar loaded the bases with nobody on a hit by pitch and two walks. With the Shorebirds leading 8-6, Jake Cowan entered out of the pen. Maikel Franco hit a flare towards second base and Delmonico fielded and threw home for the first out. Then, Cowan fanned Altherr on a fastball for out number two. After a passed ball trimmed the deficit to 8-7, Cowan struck out Stumpo on a curveball to end the game.
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