Inconsistent hitting on the offensive side and control issues by the pitching staff continued to plague the Baysox as the team fell to Altoona, 6-1, in the series opener Friday night. The Baysox managed just five hits and grounded into three double plays, ending each rally before it had a chance to materialize.
Altoona wasted no time, scoring in the first inning. Harold Ramirez led off the game with a ground ball single to center field off Baysox starter David Hess. Erich Weiss then drew a walk but was put-out at second base when Austin Meadows reached on a fielder’s choice that advanced Ramirez to third base. Ramirez then came home after a throwing error by Chance Sisco on a stolen base by Austin Meadows to give the Curve a 1-0 lead.
The Curve would strike again in the top of the fourth inning. For the fourth consecutive inning, Altoona had their lead-off man get a hit. Stetson Allie hit a lead-off home run to left-center field to give the Curve a 2-0 lead.
The Baysox finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth frame. Julio Borbon led off the inning with a double to right field off Altoona starter Cory Dickson. With one out, Chance Sisco was hit-by-a-pitch. Garabez Rosa then followed with a double to right field to bring home a run and cut the Altoona lead in half, 2-1.
David Hess was replaced by reliever Jon Keller in the top of the sixth inning. Keller hit Stetson Allie on his first pitch to lead off the inning. Barrett Barnes followed with a single to left field and a Chris Diaz sacrifice bunt moved both runners up one base. Ramirez followed suit with a single of his own to center field that brought two runs home. He moved to third base on the play after a dropped throw error from second baseman Jeff Kemp. Reliever Jayson Aquino made his first appearance out of the bullpen this year as he replaced Keller on the mound and surrendered a RBI single to Weiss that gave the Curve a 5-1 lead.
Altoona added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Jose Osuna hit a one-out single to center field and scored on a two-out Eric Wood double to center field to make the score 6-1.
Hess threw five innings and allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out one in the loss. Keller recorded just one out in the sixth inning while allowing three runs on two hits and a hit batter. Aquino threw the final 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out four batters.
Dickson threw seven innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out three and walking four in the win for the Curve.
The Baysox are home through Memorial Day Monday, May 30 for a four-game homestand against the Altoona Curve. Saturday is Knock Cancer out of the Park Night at 6:35 p.m. with a postgame fireworks show. LHP John Means makes his Double-A debut for the Baysox and he will be opposed by RHP Clay Holmes (3-4, 5.24).
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