The Baysox suffered one of the worst losses in franchise history as they fell to the Eastern League-leading Reading Fightin Phils 21-4 Friday night. The last time the Baysox surrendered 20 runs in a loss was a 21-1 defeat to Connecticut Sep. 1, 2007 – the worst margin of defeat in club history.
All 21 runs for Reading came on 16 hits and eight walks in the first five innings of the game. The Baysox pitching staff allowed 17 hits on the game and issued a season-high 11 walks in the loss. The Baysox defense also committed four errors leading to five unearned runs.
The onslaught began with three runs against Baysox starter David Hess in the bottom of the first inning. The Fightin Phils pushed six more runs across to start the second inning, but five were unearned after throwing error by Baysox third baseman Drew Dosch. Hess was chased from the game after recording five total outs, allowing seven hits (three home runs) and nine runs (four earned).
The Baysox best offensive outburst came in the top of the third inning against Reading starter Tom Eshelman. After scoring a run on a walk and a hit in the second inning, the Baysox plated three more runs in the second inning to momentarily cut the Reading lead to 9-4. Julio Borbon hit a lead-off single and scored on a Garabez Rosa double to right field. Chance Sisco followed with another double before three consecutive two-out walks scored the third run of the inning.
The fourth home run of the game for Reading came in the bottom of the third against Baysox reliever Jon Keller. The two run homer from Andrew Pullin extended the Reading lead to 11-4 after three innings.
Reading scored a combined 10 more runs in the fourth and fifth innings against Keller and Baysox reliever Michael Zouzalik. The final nail in the coffin was a three-run home run by Reading’s Osmel Aguila in the bottom of the fifth inning that extended the lead to 20-4.
Baysox relievers Stefan Crichton and Jimmy Yacabonis combined to throw three scoreless innings to finish out the game, allowing just one more hit.
Eshelman picked up the win, throwing five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking four batters.
The Baysox are in Reading through Sunday before the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Break. The season resumes Thursday, July 14 as the Baysox open a four-game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
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