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Baysox Survive Reading Rally

| August 10, 2011, 06:22 AM | 0 Comments

The Baysox scored all of their runs in the first inning and held off a late Reading rally to beat the Phillies 5-4 on the road Tuesday evening. With the win, the Baysox improve to 64-51 on the season and remain a half game behind Harrisburg for first place in the Western Division.

Right-handed starting pitcher Tim Bascom pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out six to earn his team-leading eighth win of the season. He also has a team-leading 86 strikeouts.

The Baysox got off to a quick start with five runs in the first inning against Reading starter Austin Hyatt. Center fielder Xavier Avery drew a lead off walk, second baseman Greg Miclat was hit by a pitch and first baseman Joe Mahoney walked to load the bases with one out. Third baseman Buck Britton tripled to right field to clear the bases and then scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Caleb Joseph. Derrick Loop then replaced Hyatt on the mound, but the first batter he faced, designated hitter Brandon Waring, homered to left field to make the score 5-0.

Waring’s home run was his team-leading 15th of the season and his 38th career home run with the Baysox, putting him in second place for career home runs and just four behind Keith Reed (42) who is the Baysox career home runs leader.

The Phillies got on the board in the fourth inning against Bascom when Brent Clevlen hit a lead off home run to center field to make the score 5-1. Reading added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Fidel Hernandez drew a lead off walk and moved to second when Ozzie Chavez grounded out. Steve Singleton moved Hernandez to third where he scored when Michael Spidale doubled to center field to make the score 5-2.

Reading made a furious late rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against right-handed relief pitcher Brandon Cooney. Tuffy Gosewisch struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch to start the inning and moved to second when Chavez grounded out for the second out of the inning. Singleton then walked and Spidale plated the first run of the inning with a single to right field. Matt Rizzotti was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Clevlen walked to drive in the second run of the inning, making the score 5-4. Left-handed reliever Pedro Viola replaced Cooney on the mound and recorded the final out of the game to earn the save for the Baysox.

Right-handed relief pitcher Wynn Pelzer pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief of Bascom and Cooney pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed two runs on one hit and two walks.

The Baysox have been quick starters all season and the same was true Tuesday as the team scored five first inning runs. The Baysox have scored 80 first inning runs, which is more than they have scored in any other inning.

Hyatt, who is second in the Eastern League in wins (10) and strikeouts (143), has struggled in three starts against the Baysox this season. Tuesday, he did not make it out of the first inning as he allowed four earned runs on one hit and two walks while recording just two outs. He has allowed 14 runs on 10 innings of work against the Baysox.

Wednesday, RHP Oliver Drake (1-3, 6.56) takes the mound of the Baysox as they take on the Reading Phillies. His opponent is RHP Tyler Cloyd (3-3, 3.04).

The team began a three game road trip to Reading Tuesday, August 9 and returns home for three games Friday, August 12. The home stand includes Family Campout Friday, August 12, the Football Kickoff Party Saturday, August 13 and Diamond Dig Sunday, August 14. All three games of the home stand also include a fireworks display.

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 or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.

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