Tuesday night’s game versus the Portland Sea Dogs was a back-and-forth affair that the Baysox eventually dropped 5-4 in 10 innings. All nine runs in the game were scored in the final five innings as both teams battled for the lead, but it was a pair of defensive miscues that finally cost the Baysox.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy played with the Baysox on a Minor League Rehab Assignment and finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a run scored. He batted second and played in the field for six innings.
The game’s first runs did not come until the top of the sixth inning as Portland scored against Baysox starter John Means. Ryan Court hit a one-out single to left field and Andrew Benintendi followed with a home run to left-center field to give the Sea Dogs a 2-0 lead.
The Baysox had an immediate response in the bottom half of the inning against Portland starter Teddy Stankiewicz. Hardy hit a lead-off single to left field and Garabez Rosa then reached on a fielding error by Portland second baseman Sean Coyle. Rosa was put-out at second when Chance Sisco grounded into a fielder’s choice but Henry Urrutia followed with his first Double-A home run of the season to give the Baysox a 3-2 lead.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Baysox reliever Genison Reyes got into trouble in the eighth. He issued a pair of walks and a single to Benintendi to load the bases with no outs before being replaced on the mound by Donnie Hart. Cole Sturgeon followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game 3-3 before Hart was able to get out of the jam.
The game stood at 3-3 until the top of the 10th inning. In his second inning of work, Baysox reliever Jimmy Yacabonis surrendered an Aneury Tavarez one-out single to right field and Rainel Rosario then reached on a throwing error by Baysox shortstop Adrian Marin. Baysox first baseman Joey Terdoslavich committed a second throwing error on the play that allowed Tavarez to score and moved Rosario to second base. With two outs, pinch-hitter Wendell Rijo singled to left field to plate Rosario and give the Sea Dogs a 5-3 lead.
Bowie fought valiantly and attempted to mount a game winning rally. Sisco walked to lead off the frame. With one out Latimore singled to left field, Terdoslavich followed with a walk to lead the bases. With the bases loaded Jeff Kemp came pinched hit for Drew Dosch and proceeded to walk to score Sisco and make the score 5-4. With the winning run on second base, the Baysox were not able to muster any more offense.
Baysox starter John Means threw six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two in the no decision. Reyes threw one-plus innings and allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two batters. Hart pitched the eighth inning and did not allow a run on one hit with a strikeout. Yacabonis threw the final two innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits and one walk in the loss.
Portland reliever Austin Maddox picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings and walking one batter while striking out three.
The Baysox are home for a three-game home series against the Portland SeaDogs. Wednesday, the Baysox will celebrate those named Jennifer with half-price Box Seat tickets and fans who wear their Orange Orioles or Baysox gear can also save at the gates. RHP Brandon Barker (2-0, 4.24) will make the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by RHP Kevin McAvoy (3-2, 6.99) with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
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