Rock Cats bat around Baysox

| May 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Baysox 2013IMG_9937The Baysox surrendered a season-high 16 hits in a 7-6 loss to New Britain Saturday night. The Rock Cats scored seven runs in the first four innings and the Baysox were never able to close the gap.

The Baysox scored all six of their runs on three home runs, but could not come from behind to beat New Britain for a third night in a row. The Rock Cats also scored five of their seven runs on three home runs.

Making a rehab start with the Baysox, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 1-4 with a single, run scored and two strikeouts. It was his first game with the Baysox after missing the past two weeks with an oblique injury.

For the second night in a row, Brandon Waring gave the Rock Cats an early lead with a home run in the top of the second inning. Facing Baysox starter Anthony Vasquez, Waring hit a three-run blast into left field to put the Rock Cats out in front.

David Freitas tied the game for the Baysox in the bottom of the second against Rock Cats starter Virgil Vasquez. Niuman Romero and David Adams each singled and Freitas hit a three run homer with two outs to tie the game 3-3.

The Rock Cats took the lead right back in the top of the third inning. Kennys Vargas and Reynaldo Rodriguez got things started with back-to-back home runs. Daniel Ortiz then doubled to center field and scored on a two out single to shallow center from Waring to make the score 6-3.

Chih-Hsien Chiang got one run back for the Baysox in the last of the third with a solo home run to center field to make the score 6-4.

New Britain struck again in the top of the fourth inning. Nate Hanson drew a two out walk and Vargas and Rodriguez followed with singles to plate Hanson and give the Rock Cats a 7-4 lead. Left-handed reliever Jason Gurka replaced Vasquez on the mound to finish the inning.

The Baysox cut the Rock Cats lead to one run in the bottom of the eighth against New Britain reliever Jim Fuller. Davis hit a one out single to right field and Dariel Alvarez hit a two-out home run to right field to make the score 7-6.

Vasquez pitched three innings for the Baysox and allowed seven runs on 11 hits while striking out three and walking two in the loss. Gurka pitched three and one-third scoreless innings, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out one batter. Reliever Ashur Tolliver pitched the final two innings for the Baysox, allowing two hits and striking out three.

New Britain starter Vasquez picked up the win, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.

RHP Tyler Wilson (5-1, 4.08) takes the mound for the Baysox Sunday as the team plays the final game in a four game home series with the New Britain Rock Cats. He will be opposed by RHP Matt Summers (0-2, 6.86).

The Baysox conclude a four game home series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. with a Mother’s Day Celebration. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. for fans to play catch on the field before the game. The team departs for a six game road trip with stops in Richmond and Reading Tuesday, May 13 and return home Monday, May 19.

Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 2014 season, their 22nd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is underway at Prince George’s Stadium. Come see some of the top Orioles prospects play here first. To keep up with Baysox news during the season, visit baysox.com.

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