The Baysox lost their second game in a row to the Altoona Curve on Saturday night by a score of 12-8. The Baysox pitching staff struggled as starter Gene Escat lasted just three innings and the teams combined for 19 total walks.
The Baysox pitching staff tied a season-high with nine walks in the game and the Baysox drew a new season-high 10 walks as a combined eight pitchers were used in the game. Baysox second baseman Corban Joseph was the star on offense for the Baysox as he finished the game 4-for-5 with a walk and an RBI to tie a season-high for hits.
Making a Major League rehab start with the Baysox, Orioles utility man Steve Pearce hit third in the batting order and played seven innings at first base. He went 0-for-2 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly and was also hit by a pitch.
The Curve got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning with a lead-off single from Adam Frazier and a home run from Jose Osuna to give Altoona 2-0 lead. Altoona was able to add a couple more runs in the third as Eric Wood led off with a walk followed by a bunt single from Frazier. A sacrifice bunt from Max Moroff advanced the runners up a base and this time Osuna singled to drive in two more runs and give the Curve a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, facing Altoona starter Jason Creasy, Ozzie Martinez led off with a single. Corban Joseph followed with a double to right field and Pearce hit a sacrifice fly to plate Martinez and put the Baysox on the board with a score of 4-1.
Altoona once again added to their lead in the fifth against Baysox reliever Jon Keller. The first two batters reached on walks and a wild pitch moved the runners up a base. Erich Weiss doubled to score both runs and put Altoona up 6-1.
In the sixth, the Curve loaded the bases on three walks from Keller and new reliever Marcel Prado and scored a run on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly from Osuna plated Eric Wood and gave the Curve an 8-1 lead. The Curve scored two runs in the inning without recording a single hit.
Altoona plated two more runs in the eighth inning on three hits against reliever Kenn Kasparek and a passed ball to give them a 10-1 lead. The Baysox mounted a comeback in the bottom of the same inning against reliever Robert Stock. Stock quickly walked the bases loaded, and with Mike Yastrzemski batting, threw a wild pitch that scored Quincy Latimore. Yastrzemski then grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Chance Sisco. Altoona reliever Clario Perez then replaced Stock on the mound as two consecutive walks loaded the bases once again. Joseph then singled to put another run on the board for the Baysox and Trey Mancini finished things off with a two RBI single to make the score 10-6.
In the ninth, Stetson Allie walked and Andy Vasquez hit his first home run of the year to give the Curve a 12-6 lead.
Once again, the Baysox tried to make a comeback, but fell short in the ninth. Bowie loaded the bases and, with Glynn Davis batting, a wild pitch scored a run. A ground out from Glynn Davis scored the final run of the game, giving Altoona the win with a score of 12-8.
Escat took the loss, throwing three innings and allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two. Keller pitched 2.1 innings and allowed four runs on one hit and four walks with three strikeouts. Prado threw 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and walking two while striking out two. Kasparek pitched the final two innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out two.
Creasy picked up the win for Altoona, throwing five innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out three and walking two batters.
The Baysox look to avoid a sweep on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. with Joe Gunkel (9-3, 2.79) on the mound against Chad Kuhl (9-4, 2.63). Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day with early fan entrance to Meet the Team and Play Catch on the Field starting at 12:30 p.m.
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