The Baysox scored with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the ballgame, but fell 5-4 in 10 innings against the Harrisburg Senators Wednesday. The Baysox struck out 15 times in the game and went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Baysox jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning against Harrisburg starter Erick Fedde. Drew Dosch hit a lead-off single to center field and Chris Dickerson followed with a triple to center field to put the Baysox ahead 1-0. The next three Baysox batters struck out to leave Dickerson stranded at third base.
The Senators came right back to tie the game in the top of the second inning against Baysox starter Brandon Barker. Shawn Pleffner hit a lead-off double to left field and scored on an Isaac Ballou single to center field to even the score 1-1.
Harrisburg jumped into the lead in the top of the third inning. Khayyan Norfolk hit a lead-off single to center field and moved to second base on a fielding error by Dickerson. He moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a Rafael Bautista groundout to make the score 2-1.
The Senators added another run with good base-running in the top of the fifth inning. Adrian Sanchez hit a one-out single to right field and stole second base before moving to third base on a groundout. With two outs, Sanchez scored on a wild pitch to give Harrisburg a 3-1 lead.
Harrisburg struck again in the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Jesus Liranzo. Pleffner drew a lead-off walk and reached second when Ballou reached on a fielding error by shortstop Adrian Marin. Both runners moved up on a Brian Jeroloman sacrifice bunt and Sanchez then walked to load the bases. Norfork was hit-by-a-pitch to bring home a run and give the Senators a 4-1 lead.
The Baysox rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning against Harrisburg reliever Sam Runion. With one out, Sharlon Schoop was hit-by-a-pitch and Glynn Davis followed with a home run to left-center field to cut the Harrisburg lead to 4-3.
Bowie came back to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning against Harrisburg reliever Wander Suero. Marin drew a one-out walk but was forced out at second base when Dosch reached on a fielder’s choice. Dickerson then tied the game with a double to right field that plated the Baysox critical fourth run.
Harrisburg quickly reclaimed the lead in the top of the 10th inning against Baysox reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. Bautista drew a lead-off walk and stole second base before moving to third when Andrew Stevenson reached on a bunt single. Wilmer Difo then brought Bautista home with a sacrifice fly to left field to make the score 5-4.
Barker threw six innings and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out four and walking two in the no decision. Liranzo pitched the seventh inning and allowed one unearned run on two walks with two strikeouts. Reliever Scott McGough followed with two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two batters. Yacabonis took the loss, pitching the 10th inning and allowing one run on one walk and one hit with a strikeout.
Fedde threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out 12 and walking one in a no decision. Harrisburg reliever Nick Lee picked up the win, recording the final out of the ninth inning and former Baysox reliever Andrew Robison picked up the save for the second consecutive night.
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Sep. 1 for the final four game home series of the season against the Harrisburg Senators. Thursday is the Baysox final home game of the 2016 season with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. RHP David Hess (5-12, 5.31) gets the start and he will be opposed by RHP Mark Blackmar (3-5, 5.22).
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