The Baysox bid for a season-high sixth consecutive win ended after a five-run seventh inning boosted the Reading Fightin Phils past Bowie 8-0 on a rainy Wednesday night. The start of the game was delayed almost exactly one hour because of rain.
All five runs that scored during the Baysox doomed seventh inning were unearned because of an error committed by the Bowie defense. The Baysox committed two total errors in the game leading to six unearned runs in the shutout loss.
Reading got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning against Baysox starter Branden Kline. Peter Lavin singled to second base, Kelly Dugan walked and Jake Fox singled to left field to load the bases. Aaron Altherr brought Lavin home with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Fightin Phils a 1-0 lead.
The Fightin Phils blew the game open in the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Steven Hensley with help from a Baysox error. With one out, Brock Stassi and Edgar Duran walked before a Logan Moore single to right field loaded the bases. Marcel Prado then replaced Hensley on the mound and Albert Cartwright brought two runs home after a fielding error by third baseman Niuman Romero. With two outs, Dugan brought two more runs home with a double to left field and the final run of the inning scored on a Fox RBI double to left field that made the score 6-0.
Reading added to the lead in the top of the eighth inning. Zach Collier and Stassi singled to lead off the inning and Moore walked with one out to load the bases. Cartwright brought the first run home when he grounded into a forceout at second base and the second run of the inning scored after Stassi reached on a fielding error by shortstop Garabez Rosa to make the score 8-0.
Making his Double-A debut, Kline threw five innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out two and walking two in the loss. Hensley pitched one and one-third innings and allowed three unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one. Prado pitched one and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one and walking two. Baysox reliever Oliver Drake threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Baysox.
Reading starter Severino Gonzalez picked up the win, throwing six shutout innings and allowing four hits while striking out three and walking one.
LHP Anthony Vasquez (6-7, 5.03) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as the team concludes a three-game home series against the Reading Fightin Phils. He will be opposed by RHP Ryan O’Sullivan (5-7, 4.02).
The Baysox are home through Thursday, Aug. 21 for a seven-day, six-game homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Reading Fightin Phils that concludes with Baysox for a Buck Night at 6:35 p.m. The team then departs on an eight-game road trip with stops in Richmond and Erie.
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