Baysox Sink Fisher Cats

| June 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Facing New Hampshire, who entered the game with the best record in the Eastern League, the Baysox started strong and dominated the Fisher Cats on the road, winning 8-2. With the win, the Baysox are now 29-30 on the season.

Both teams recorded 11 hits in the game, but clutch hitting with runners in scoring position allowed the Baysox to convert their hits into eight runs. The Baysox recorded two RBIs with two outs and went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position while New Hampshire was 2-for-9. The Baysox defense was also clicking as the infield combined to turn a season-high three double plays.

The Baysox struck first in the top of the first inning against New Hampshire starter Chad Beck. With one out, second baseman Greg Miclat tripled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Pedro Florimon to give Bowie an early 1-0 lead.

Bowie’s offense extended the lead with a big third inning. Third baseman Billy Rowell drew a lead off walk and moved to second on a single to center field by center fielder Xavier Avery. Miclat cleared the bases with a single to right field and moved to third on a fielding error by Fisher Cats right fielder Moises Sierra. After Florimon struck out, catcher Caleb Joseph plated Miclat with a single to left field. First baseman Robbie Widlansky then singled to left field and moved Joseph to third where he scored on a single to right field by designated hitter Steve Lerud to give the Baysox a 5-0 lead.

New Hampshire closed the lead with two runs in the fifth inning against left-handed reliever Cole McCurry. Mark Sobolewski hit a lead off single to right field and moved to second after Adeiny Hechavarria drew a one out walk. Daron Mastroianni then loaded the bases with a single to center field. McCurry struck out John Tolisano, but then Mike McDade drove in two runs with a single to left field to make the score 5-2. For McCurry, the runs were just the second and third allowed in 15 games with the Baysox.

Bowie tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh against B.J. LaMura. With two outs, Miclat was hit by a pitch and scored when Florimon doubled to center field. Joseph then followed with another two-out double that plated Florimon to put the Baysox back up 7-2.

The Baysox added one more run in the top of the eighth inning to put the game out of reach against Fisher Cats pitcher Frank Gailey. Lerud led off the inning with a home run on a fly ball to left field, his second of the season.

Right-handed Baysox starter Steve Johnson pitched two and one-third scoreless innings and struck out five before being removed from the game after being hit by a line drive. McCurry pitched two and two-thirds innings in relief of Johnson and allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out four and earning the win. Left-handed reliever Pedro Viola, making his first appearance with the Baysox after pitching in one game for the Baltimore Orioles, pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two hits while striking out one. Left-handed reliever Nick Bierbrodt pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Baysox, though he allowed two hits and right-handed reliever Raul Rivero finished out the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Miclat scored three of the team’s eight runs to extend his team leading runs scored total to 30. With three runs scored, Miclat was the first player this season to score more than two runs in a game. Miclat also recorded two hits in the game and has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games.

The Baysox offense exploded to score eight runs in Tuesday’s win, marking the most runs they have scored in a game since scoring 12 against Erie on May 6. Several different Baysox players contributed to the scoring frenzy as three players recorded multi-RBI games. Florimon, Joseph and Lerud each drove in two runs.

Wednesday, RHP Zach Clark (5-4, 3.97) takes the mound for the Baysox as they take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. His opponent will be RHP Joel Carreno (4-3, 3.75).

The team began a six game road trip Tuesday, June 7, before returning home for a three game home stand June 14. For more information on Baysox promotions and theme nights, visit www.baysox.com.

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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