Buck Britton played the hero for the Baysox Saturday night with a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to turn a one-run deficit into a walk-off win. The Baysox had coughed up the lead in the top half of the inning on a throwing error from Britton at second base.
“I was going from the goat to the hero,” Britton said. “I basically cost us the game with that throw but luckily I had a chance to come back in the bottom half. When I saw it go out it was a sigh of relief. I felt bad leaving Petrini hanging out there so it was nice.”
Making his first start for after coming out of the bullpen, Daniel McCutchen was a bright spot for the Baysox. He pitched seven innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out six in the no decision.
“We were just going to go as far as he wanted to go,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “Every inning he kept throwing up zeros and then we get to the eighth – Blaine and I were skeptical about running him out there because he had never been in that situation before so when they doubled down the line we had to go get him because we didn’t want him to take the loss.”
Catcher Brian Ward gave the Baysox an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run off Richmond starter Jose Valdez in the bottom of the third inning.
Richmond came back to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning against McCutchen. Angel Villalona hit a lead off double to left field and left-handed reliever Chris Petrini then replaced McCutchen on the mound. Brett Krill came in to pinch run for Villalona and he scored on a two-out single from Joe Panik to tie the game 1-1.
The Flying Squirrels took their first lead of the game in the top of the ninth inning. Ryan Lollis was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second base on a Skyler Stromsmoe single to left field. The go-ahead run scored after Britton committed a throwing error at second base while trying to turn the inning ending double play.
The Richmond lead was short-lived as the Baysox secured the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth against Richmond reliever Josh Osich. First baseman Caleb Joseph hit a one out single to center field and Britton followed with the walk-off home run over the right field fence to make the score 3-2.
Petrini picked up the win for the Baysox, pitching two innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out four.
Osich took the loss for Richmond, pitching one and one-third innings and allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one.
RHP Mike Wright (10-2, 3.37) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as the team plays the final game in a three game home series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by LHP Chris Gloor (9-5, 3.56).
The Baysox are home for a six game homestand that concludes Sunday, August 18 with the Manny Machado Garden Gnome Giveaway beginning at 6:05 p.m. The team departs for a three game road series in Binghamton beginning Monday and returns home Thursday, Aug. 22 for the final eight game home stand of the season.
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