The Baysox lost both games of a doubleheader against the Senators Sunday evening and have now lost four in a row in Harrisburg. The losses drop the Baysox to 24-27 and ties the most games below .500 the Baysox have been all season.
In two games, the Baysox were able to score just one run and were shut out for the ninth time this season is game two. After scoring in the first inning of game one, the Baysox went 13 innings without scoring a run to finish the day.
The Baysox got off to a fast start in game one, scoring in the first inning, but were unable to maintain the lead. With one out, second baseman Greg Miclat singled on a bunt to first base and moved to second base on a single to left field by designated hitter Robbie Widlansky. Catcher Steve Lerud drew a walk to load the bases and then third baseman Brandon Waring grounded into a force out that eliminated Widlansky at third while plating Miclat to put the Baysox up 1-0.
Harrisburg took the lead with two runs against right-handed starting pitcher Chorye Spoone in the bottom of the first inning and never gave it back. With two outs, Chris Rahl was hit by a pitch and stole second before Tyler Moore homered to left field to put the Senators up 2-1. Moore has accumulated two home runs and 10 RBIs in 10 games against the Baysox.
The Senators added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Steve Lombardozzi hit a lead off single to center field and moved to third on a single to right field by Josh Johnson. Rahl then grounded out, but scored Lombardozzi on the play to extend the lead to 3-1. The next batter, Moore singled to left field, but Johnson was thrown out at home by left fielder LJ Hoes to keep any more runs from scoring in the inning.
Harrisburg put the game away with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Bill Rhinehart singled to center field and scored on a double to left field by Archie Gilbert. Gilbert then scored on a single to center field by Stephen King. King advanced to second on a ground out by Jonathan Tucker and scored when Lombardozzi reached first on a throwing error by Miclat to give the Senators their second five-run victory in a row.
Spoone pitched all six innings in the first game of the doubleheader for the Baysox allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out two and earning his second loss with the Baysox.
Davis earned the win as he pitched five and one-third innings for the Senators, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out two and walking three.
Center fielder Xavier Avery saw his team-high 11-game hitting streak snapped as he went hitless in the first game of the doubleheader.
The Baysox and right-handed starting pitcher Tim Bascom kept the second game closer, but were unable to generate any offense and recorded just four hits. The Senators also recorded four hits, but doubled twice in the sixth inning to push the only run of the game across the plate.
Harrisburg broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth after Bascom issued a lead off walk to Gilbert. Bascom then picked off Gilbert at first and got Alex Valdez to ground out for the second out. Tucker then doubled to left field and scored when Lombardozzi doubled to left field to put Harrisburg up 1-0. Left-handed pitcher Cole McCurry replaced Bascom to record the final out of the inning.
Bascom pitched five and two-thirds innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out four, but still earned the loss.
The Baysox offense recorded just nine hits in 14 innings and the team went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in both games combined. In the Baysox first four games with Harrisburg, the team has scored just four runs as the offense has fallen into a lull.
Monday, RHP Wynn Pelzer (1-5, 4.43) takes the mound for the Baysox as they take on the Harrisburg Senators. His opponent will be LHP Oliver Perez (1-0, 1.50).
The Baysox began an eight-game road trip Monday, May 23, but return home for a six game homestand Tuesday, May 31. Several exciting promotions and theme nights are scheduled for the upcoming homestand, including Golf Night, Wednesday, June 1, Harry Potter Party, Friday, June 3, Negro League Tribute Night, Saturday, June 4 and Educator Appreciation Day with special guest Dennis Haskins aka Mr. Belding, Sunday, June 5. For more information on Baysox promotions and theme nights, visit www.baysox.com.
Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 19th season as the class Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles is underway. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are now available at www.baysox.com.