Walker saves Baysox in tight win

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Baysox May 2014Down to the final out of the game trailing by two runs, Baysox first baseman Christian Walker saved the Baysox (24-20) with a two-run homer to center field that tied the game 6-6. The Baysox went on to beat Erie (18-24) 7-6 in 10 innings.

It was a surprise to even find the Baysox needing a ninth inning home run to tie the game as they entered the inning leading Erie 4-1. The SeaWolves scored five runs in the top of the ninth to shock the Baysox and take a 6-4 lead. It was the second blown save of the season for Baysox closer Oliver Drake, but both times the Baysox offense bailed him out.

After the Walker two-run shot sent the game to extra innings, David Freitas won it for the Baysox with a bases loaded sacrifice fly that scored Ronald Bermudez with one out in the 10th inning.

Making a spot start out of the bullpen, Jason Gurka had a strong night for the Baysox. He threw a career-high five shutout innings, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking one in the no decision.

The Baysox got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning against Erie starter Tommy Collier. Garabez Rosa hit a lead off single to left field and David Freitas followed with a walk. Later in the inning, with runners on the corners and two outs, Walker doubled to center field and gave the Baysox a 2-0 lead.

Rosa added to the Baysox lead with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 3-0. It was Rosa’s second solo homer in as many nights.

Erie got one run back in the top of the sixth inning against reliever Marcel Prado. Aaron Westlake drew a lead off walk, moved to third base on a single to center field from Dean Green and scored on a Steven Moya groundout out make the score 3-1.

Dariel Alvarez got the run right back for the Baysox in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer to left-center field to make the score 4-1. It was also the second consecutive night with a home run for Alvarez.

The SeaWolves came storming back to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning against Drake. With one out, a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases and Jason Krizan singled to left field to bring home one run. Eugenio Suarez then cleared the bases with a double to left field and he moved to third base on the throw home. Reliever Chris Petrini then replaced Drake on the mound and Westlake hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home the fifth run of the inning and give Erie a 6-4 lead.

Bowie battled back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning against Erie closer Jose Valdez. Sharlon Schoop drew a one-out walk and Walker tied the game 6-6 with a home run to center field.

The Baysox won the game in the bottom of the 10th inning against Erie reliever Kenny Faulk. Bermudez hit a one-out single to center field, Chih-Hsien Chiang walked and Rosa singled to right field to load the bases. Freitas then came through with the walk-off sacrifice fly to win the game 7-6.

Prado pitched three innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out two and walking two. Drake pitched one-third of an inning and allowed five runs on four hits and a walk for the blown save. Petrini pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out one in the win.

Faulk took the loss for Erie, pitching the final two-thirds of an inning and allowing one runs on two hits while striking out one and walking one.

LHP Jake Pettit (2-3, 6.07) takes the mound for the Baysox Wednesday as the team plays the third game in a four game home series with the Erie SeaWolves. He will be opposed by RHP Warwick Saupold (2-4, 6.56).

The Baysox are home through Thursday, May 22 for a four-game homestand against the Erie SeaWolves. Promotional Highlights include Most Improved Student Night Wednesday, May 21 beginning at 6:35 p.m. and against Thursday beginning at 6:35 p.m.

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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