Baysox Crash Flying Squirrels

| June 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Baysox built a big lead early as they beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 12-4 on the road Sunday afternoon to win their sixth consecutive series. With the win, the Baysox improve to 36-33 on the season.

Right-handed starting pitcher Tim Bascom pitched four no-hit innings on the way to earning the win as he threw five and one-third innings and allowed just three runs (two earned) on two hits.

The Baysox experienced an offensive outburst as they tied their season-high with 12 runs scored and tied their season-high with 14 hits. With an eight-run margin of victory, it was also the team’s biggest win of the season.

Bowie struck first in the top of the second inning with four runs against Richmond starter Ryan Verdugo. Right fielder Ronnie Welty drew a one out walk and shortstop Pedro Florimon tripled to center field to score Welty. Rojas then singled to left field to plate Florimon and moved to second when center fielder Xavier Avery singled to right field. Second baseman Greg Miclat flied out, but moved Rojas to third before left fielder LJ Hoes cleared the bases with a double to left field that put the Baysox up 4-0.

The Baysox added three more runs in the top of the third inning. First baseman Brandon Waring drew a lead off walk, catcher Steve Lerud was hit by a pitch and Welty walked to load the bases before Wilmin Rodriguez replaced Verdugo on the mound for Richmond. With Florimon batting, a wild pitch scored Waring while advancing the runners to second and third and a sac fly by Florimon plated Lerud and moved Welty to third. After Rojas grounded out, Avery singled to left field to score Welty and put the Baysox up 7-0.

Bowie continued to extend the lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Avery singled to center field and went to second when Miclat singled to second base. Hoes then reached on a force attempt and a fielding error by third baseman Chris Dominguez that loaded the bases. Designated hitter Robbie Widlansky then singled to left field to score Avery and keep the bases loaded before Edwin Quirarte entered the game for the Squirrels. Waring grounded into a double play that also eliminated Widlansky at second, but Miclat scored on the play to put the Baysox up 9-0.

Richmond put an end to Bascom’s shut-out with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Juan Perez hit a one out single to left field and Charlie Culberson reached on a missed catch error by Florimon as he attempted to turn the double play. Roger Kieschnick then drew a walk to load the bases and right-handed pitcher Raul Rivero then replaced Bascom on the mound. Dominguez drew a walk to score a run and Wes Hodges tripled to center field to clear the bases and make the score 9-4.

The Baysox came back with another run in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Florimon struck out swinging, but reached first after a passed ball on catcher Johnny Monell. Rojas was then hit by a pitch and Avery singled to left field to move Florimon home and put the Baysox up 10-4.

Bowie added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game completely out of reach. Facing Heath Hembree, Florimon drew a lead off walk and with two outs, Miclat singled to center field to move Florimon to second. Hoes drew a walk to load the bases and Widlansky then walked to score Florimon. David Quinowski entered for Richmond to finish the game, but first walked Waring to drive in another run and make the score 12-4.

Rivero pitched one and two-thirds innings in relief of Bascom and allowed one earned runs on two hits. Left-handed reliever Pedro Viola pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Baysox and left-handed reliever Nick Bierbrodt finished the game with a perfect ninth inning.

Avery recorded his second four-hit game of the season as he also drove in two runs from the leadoff spot in the batting order. Florimon was just the second player to score three runs in a game for the Baysox. Five Baysox players recorded multiple hits, four scored multiple runs, and four drove in multiple runs as the Baysox had their best offensive game of the season.

Richmond used seven pitchers in the game as the entire staff struggled against the Baysox. In his last start against the Baysox, Verdugo pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 10, but he did not fare as well Sunday. Verdugo lasted two innings and allowed seven earned runs on six hits as he earned the loss.

For the Baysox, it was their 12th win of the season against the Flying Squirrels, who they have played 18 times. The big win for the Baysox was just the fourth times this season and game against Richmond has been decided by more than two runs.

After an off-day Monday, LHP Rick Zagone (2-5, 4.56) takes the mound for the Baysox Tuesday as travel to New Britain to take on the Rock Cats.

The Baysox are on the road for a six game road trip.  They return home Friday, June 24, for a three game home stand against the Binghamton Mets.  The home stand features Louie’s Birthday Bash, Scout Night Camp Out, and postgame fireworks Friday night, Star Wars Saturday with postgame fireworks Saturday night, and the Baysox post-Fathers Day Celebration with pregame catch on the field and a meet the team autograph session before Sunday afternoon’s game.

Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 19th season as the class Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles is underway. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are now available at www.baysox.com.

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