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The Baysox (12-17) fell behind early and were never able to catch-up as they lost 8-3 to Akron (18-8) Saturday night. The Baysox offense came through with a lot of hard hit balls, but struggled to string hits together and push runners across home plate. When the team did score runs, however, there were some solidly executed hits.“I was pleased with what we did offensively, granted we only scored three runs, but I liked the way we hit the baseball and it was the first time all year where we were able to situational hit,” Kendall said. “We came up with two runs – [Caleb] Joseph moved two guys up and [Robbie] Widlansky drove them in, so that’s good to see.” Akron’s offense was tough to stop, as they recorded 13 total hits during the game with six of those hits being doubles. Bowie’s pitching staff set a new season-high with six walks as there was just one inning during the game where Akron did not get at least one runner on base.“The bottom line is that we were kind of flat,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We needed to get a little better effort off the mound. We kept the game manageable, but we didn’t make pitches in some certain situations and we let the game get out of hand.” Akron jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning against left-handed starting pitcher Cole McCurry. Adam Abraham hit a lead off double to right field and moved to third when Ryan Rohlinger reached on a fielding error by shortstop Manny Machado. Thomas Neal followed with a single to right field that plated Abraham and moved Rohlinger to second base. The hits continued when Michel Hernandez doubled to left field to clear the bases. Hernandez moved to third base after a throwing error by Machado on the play and scored when Kyle Bellows doubled to right field to make the score 4-0. The Baysox cut Akron ’s lead in the bottom of the second inning against starter T.J. McFarland. Catcher Caleb Joseph singled to right field and right fielder Ronnie Welty hit a one out single to center field that moved Joseph to third base. Left fielder Steven Bumbry plated Joseph with a single to right field that made the score 4-1. The Aeros added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning against right-handed reliever Sean Gleason. Neal hit a two out ground rule double to left field and scored on a single to center field by Hernandez that gave Akron a 5-1 lead. Bowie answered in the bottom of the sixth inning. First baseman Brandon Waring hit a lead off single to right field and Machado followed with a double to left field that moved Waring to third base. Joseph hit a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Waring and moved Machado to third base. Designated hitter Robbie Widlansky plated Machado when he grounded out to make the score 5-3. “We have put a real emphasis on that in training – moving guys over, getting them in, but we haven’t really been very good with that early in the season,” Joseph said. “We have done a decent job getting them over, but not getting them in so we have really been focusing on that the past few days and it’s starting to show.” Akron extended their lead again in the top of the seventh inning. Juan Diaz hit a one out double to left field and Jared Goedert then drew a walk. Right-handed reliever Pat Egan then replaced Gleason on the mound and surrendered a single to Abraham that loaded the bases. After striking out Nick Weglarz, Egan allowed Rohlinger to single to center field, scoring two runs and putting runners on second and third. Neal then singled to third base and scored Abraham from third base to make the score 8-3. McCurry pitched four and one-third innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out three batters and walking four in the loss. Gleason pitched two innings and allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out three batters and walking one. Egan pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out one batter. Left-handed reliever Pedro Viola pitched the ninth inning for the Baysox, allowing one hit while striking out two batters and walking one.
Saturday, May 5th’s Keys game against the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader Sunday, May 6th at 1 p.m. with coverage beginning ten minutes prior on 1450-AM The Source.
Frederick returns home Tuesday, May 8th to take on Winston-Salem for Guaranteed Win Night. If the Keys do not win your ticket is good for any other Monday through Thursday Keys regular season game in 2012. The Tuesday game will be the opener of a six-game homestand.
The Delmarva Shorebirds (14-14) scored five unanswered runs between the ninth and tenth innings to come from behind to knock off the Charleston RiverDogs (19-8) 6-4 in ten innings on Friday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. The Shorebirds were trailing 4-1 going into the ninth before rallying to tie the game with three runs. The Shorebirds scored the first run of the night in the third. Nicky Delmonico reached on a two out walk, the 15th straight game in which he has reached base. With Delmonico at second, Jason Esposito pulled a single into left field to give the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead. The RiverDogs evened the score in the third. Casey Stevenson hit a one out single and scored on a throwing error by Sammie Starr. In the fifth, the RiverDogs took their first lead of the night. Kelvin De Leon hit a one out single and moved to third on a double by Casey Stevenson. Ali Castillo grounded to short to plate De Leon. Then, Mason Williams yanked a double to right field to score Castillo, who reached on fielder’s choice. Shorebirds starter Eduardo Rodriguez lasted six innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs, two of them earned. The RiverDogs added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Mason Williams doubled to the warning track in left-center field. Williams stole third and scored on a single to left field by Angelo Gumbs. The Shorebirds stormed back in the ninth inning. Gabriel Lino reached on an error by third baseman Stevenson. The Shorebirds loaded the bases after back-to-back walks. Then, Glynn Davis scored Lino on a fielder’s choice grounder towards second. Starr drove home Narron on a single into left field to cut the deficit to 4-3. Later in the inning, Justin Dalles hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Davis and tie the game at 4-4. In the bottom of the ninth, Ben Gamel singled and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, Stevenson singled into center field and Glynn Davis launched a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to nail Gamel and send the game to extra innings. The Shorebirds took the lead in the tenth inning. Brenden Webb hit a leadoff triple that rattled off the side wall in right field. Later in the inning, Givens hit a high chopper to third and Webb beat the throw to the plate to give the Shorebirds a 5-4 lead. Davis followed with a single to left-center field to give the Shorebirds a 6-4 lead. Zach Davies entered in the seventh inning and tossed the final four innings to earn the win. He allowed just one run. RiverDogs starter Caleb Cotham picked up a no-decision over six innings. He yielded just four hits and a run.
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