The Baysox and Flying Squirrels combined to register 24 runs, 33 combined hits and five errors in an old-fashioned slugfest that the Baysox eventually lost, 13-11. Richmond’s eight extra base hits in the contest proved pivotal as the Flying Squirrels outlasted several Baysox rallies.
The first run of the game scored in the bottom of the second inning. Quincy Latimore led off the inning with a solo home run, his 10th of the season, to left-center field off Richmond starter Sam Coonrod to make the score 1-0.
After being held scoreless and to a single hit through three innings, the Flying Squirrels bats exploded in a big way in the fourth frame. C.J. Hinojosa hit a lead-off double to left field and Hunter Cole followed with a one-out single to center field to bring home a run. Ryder Jones and Brandon Bednar then hit back-to-back doubles to plate two more runs before Steve Lerud was hit-by-a-pitch. The next three Richmond hitters singled to drive home three more runs before Baysox reliever Jon Keller replaced Baysox starter Brandon Barker on the mound. Keller surrendered a single to Hinojosa that represented the seventh run of the inning for Richmond to make the score 7-1. Richmond sent 12 batters to the plate and recorded eight hits in the inning.
For the rest of the evening, Baysox would do their very best to claw and fight their way back into the contest. In the bottom half of the fourth, Joey Terdoslavich drew a lead-off walk and moved to third base after a Quincy Latimore single and error by Richmond center fielder Steve Duggar with one out. Austin Wynns brought Terdoslavich home with a single to center field to make the score 7-2.
Brandon Bednar extended the Richmond lead right back with a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 8-2.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning Garabez Rosa was hit-by-a-pitch and moved to second base on a Chance Sisco single to center field. Terdoslavich brought one run home with a single to right field before consecutive two out walks from Coonrod brought another run home to make the score 8-4.
Three hits led to two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Julio Borbon reached on a bunt single and Rosa followed with a walk before Sisco brought a run home with a single to center field. Reliever Jose Casilla then replaced Coonrod on the mound and surrendered a single to Terdoslavich to load the bases. With two outs, Rosa scored, to make four unanswered runs, from third base when Latimore reached on a fielding error by Hinojosa at shortstop to make the score 8-6.
Every time the Baysox looked as if they were firmly back in the game, Richmond had an answer. Cole led off the seventh inning with a double to left field off Baysox reliever Parker Bridwell. After a wild pitch, Jones brought him home with a single to center field. After a double play, Steve Lerud walked and Carlos Moncrief doubled to bring him home. Duggar then tripled to right field to plate the third run of the inning and make the score 11-6 before Garrett Cortright replaced Bridwell on the mound to finish the inning.
In response to the three runs the Flying Squirrels scored in the top of the frame, the Baysox scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Wynns drew a lead-off walk and Drew Dosch followed with a single to right field. A wild pitch advanced both runners before Adrian Marin plated one run with an infield single. With two outs, Sisco plated Dosch with a single to center field and Preston Claiborne then replaced Casilla on the mound. Terdoslavich was able to reach after a throwing error by Hinojosa that allowed Marin to score from third base and cut the Richmond lead to 11-9.
Next time at bat for the Baysox Latimore hit a lead-off single to center field and moved to second base after a fielding error by Duggar in center field. Latimore moved to third base on a Wynns groundout and scored on a Dosch sacrifice fly to make the score 11-10.
As insurance, the Flying Squirrels plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Bednar hit a lead-off single to center field off Baysox reliever Stefan Crichton and scored on a Lerud double to right field. With two outs, Christian Arroyo reached on a throwing error by Dosch at third base that allowed Lerud to score and give Richmond a 13-10 lead.
In their final at bat, Borbon drew a lead-off walk from Richmond reliever Rodolfo Martinez and stole second base. With one out, Sisco singled to left field to put runners on the corners and Sisco then moved to second base on defensive indifference with two outs. Henry Urrutia then singled on a ball that deflected off the pitcher to bring one run home. With two runners on, Latimore came to bat representing the winning run and launched a deep fly to center field that was caught on the warning track for the final out.
Barker threw 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and one walk with a pair of strikeouts in the loss. Keller threw 2.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. Bridwell recorded two outs in the seventh inning, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. Cortright threw 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit. Crichton pitched the ninth inning and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Coonrod earned the win for Richmond, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three and walking four batters.
The Baysox are home through Sunday, July 17 for a four-game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Saturday is Superhero night with fireworks scheduled to follow the 6:35 p.m. game. RHP David Hess (3-9, 5.63) will make the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by RHP Tyler Beede (5-4, 2.57).
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