Waring Stumps Sea Dogs

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

A game after scoring six runs in the first inning, The Baysox scored three runs in the first inning and ten runs in the first three innings to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 10-7 in the first game of a doubleheader. The ten runs scored by the Baysox is the most they have scored in a game since scoring eight against Erie May 6. With the win, the Baysox move above .500 to 32-31 on the season.

Originally scheduled as a doubleheader after a rain out on Saturday, the second game on Sunday was postponed due to rain.

Third baseman Brandon Waring hit his eighth home run of the season and third in three games to move into a tie with Ronnie Welty for the team lead in home runs. Waring also drove in five runs in the game, which ties him with Robbie Widlansky for the most RBIs in a game this season.

Center fielder Xavier Avery hit a lead off double to second base against Portland starter Stolmy Pimentel to start the game and moved to third on a single to right field by left fielder Buck Britton. Third baseman Brandon Waring then singled to left field and scored Avery while moving Britton to third. Designated hitter Caleb Joseph drove in another run with a single to left field that plated Britton and moved Waring to second base. Catcher Steve Lerud grounded out for the first out of the inning but advanced the runners to second and third. Right fielder LJ Hoes was out on a sacrifice fly to center field that drove in Waring to make the score 3-0.

Portland got one run back in the bottom of the first inning against left-handed starter Mike Ballard when Ryan Lavarnway hit a two out home run to right-center field to make the score 3-1.

The Baysox added four more runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, second baseman Carlos Rojas drew a walk and moved to second when Avery singled to right field. Britton then reached on a fielding error by second baseman Oscar Tejeda that plated Rojas and moved Avery to second. Waring then hit a three-run home run to left field to give the Baysox a 7-1 lead. Caleb Clay replaced Pimentel after Waring’s home run and retired two batters to finish the inning.

After a four-run second inning, Bowie’s offense was not done, scoring three more in the top of the third inning. Shortstop Pedro Florimon reached on a fielding error by shortstop Vladimir Frias and moved to second when first baseman Billy Rowell singled to right field. Rojas loaded the bases with a single to right field and Florimon scored when Avery reached on a fielding error by Tejeda. Britton was out on a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Rowell, but Avery was thrown out by center fielder Alex Hassan at second. Waring then singled to left field and plated Rojas to make the score 10-1.

Despite being down nine runs, the Sea Dogs fought right back in the bottom of the third inning with three runs of their own. Frias doubled to left field and moved to third when Jonathan Hee grounded out for the second out of the inning. Alex Hassan was then hit by a pitch and Lavarnway followed with a single to left field that plated Frias and moved Hassan to third. Chih-Hsien Chiang then drove in two more runs with a double to left field and moved to third on the throw to make the score 10-4 before Ballard recorded a strike out to end the inning.

Portland continued the comeback attempt with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mitch Dening singled to shortstop and moved to second when Hee singled to right field. Hassan doubled to left field to plate Dening and move Hee to third before Lavarnway scored Hee with a sacrifice fly to center field that moved Hassan to third. Chiang drove in the last run of the inning when he grounded out to second base, but moved Hassan across home plate to cut Bowie’s lead to 10-7.

Ballard pitched five innings and allowed seven earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and earning his first win with the Baysox. Right-handed reliever Tim Bascom pitched two innings in relief of Ballard and didn’t allow any hits while striking out one and recording the first save of his career.

The Baysox scored 10 runs on 11 hits and were aided by three Portland fielding errors. It was only the third time this season the Baysox have scored double-digit runs in a game and the second time they have achieved the mark in a seven-inning game.

The Baysox return home for a three game home stand, Tuesday, June 14, which is Tailgate Tuesday. Thursday, June 16 is Legends of Wrestling Night with a special appearance by Jerry “The King” Lawler. 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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