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Brian Matusz against Philip Humber
H:o 4 (4 Singles)
Pitches: 114 (81 Strikes, 33 Balls)
Lew Ford with yet another Home Run.
Harrisburg completes the sweep.
he Harrisburg Senators (46-40) completed a three game sweep of the Baysox (42-44) at home with a 3-2 win Friday evening.
Baysox runners had no trouble getting on base as at least one got on base in each of the first eight innings, but the offense hit 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and failed to take advantage of runners on third with less that two outs.
“We didn’t execute too well with runners on third,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We had two opportunities and in a tight game they really become huge. You make contact in the middle of the diamond and you score two runs. Then we failed to get a bunt down so it was a little frustrating.”
The Baysox struck first in the bottom of the second inning against Harrisburg starter Ryan Tatusko. With two outs, second baseman Buck Britton singled to left field and moved to second base when third baseman Zelous Wheeler singled to center field. Right fielder Ronnie Welty plated Britton with a single to left field that gave the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
Harrisburg took the lead in the top of the fourth inning against Baysox left-handed starting pitcher Rick Zagone. Tim Pahuta drew a one out walk and Jimmy Van Ostrand singled on a line drive that struck Zagone. On the first pitch after a short injury break, Zach Walters launched a three-run home run to center field to give the Senators a 3-1 lead.
“I had good control tonight and I was able to get some ground balls,” Zagone said. “It just so happened I got the line drive off my chest and the guy put a good swing on the next pitch. That was really the only blemish I had and I felt good otherwise.”
Bowie cut into the Harrisburg lead in the bottom of the seventh inning against Harrisburg reliever Pat McCoy. Center fielder Antoan Richardson drew a lead off walk, but was thrown out at second base when left fielder Josh Barfield reached on a force out. Barfield advanced to second base on a throwing error by second baseman Jeff Kobernus. Barfield stole third base and scored when designated hitter Robbie Widlansky reached on a throwing error with two outs to make the score 3-2. Harrisburg reliever Cory VanAllen replaced McCoy to finish the inning.
Zagone pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out four batters and walking three in the loss. Baysox reliever Chris Petrini pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while striking out three batters.
Tatusko earned the win for Harrisburg , pitching five innings and allowing one run on six hits while striking out five batters and walking two. Harrisburg reliever Hector Nelo pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save of the season.
RHP Eddie Gamboa (2-1, 2.21) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they begin a three game series against the Akron Aeros. He will be opposed by RHP Steven Wright (6-5, 1.98). (Matt Wilson)
Keys 2B Ty Kelly extended his season-high hit streak to 16 games with a flurry of four consecutive RBI-hits but it was not enough for Frederick as the Keys fell in walk-off fashion 6-5 to Potomac. Kelly drove home the last four Frederick runs going 4-for-5 with two doubles in the game.
Frederick tied the contest in the top of the ninth inning with a two-out rally. RF Jeremy Nowak kept the Keys alive with a line drive double to right-center field. Next up was Kelly who fell behind no balls, two strikes. He fought back though lining an RBI-single to centerfield to know the game at 5-apiece.
Potomac though would not let the game reach extras. After a leadoff double was thrown out at third on a failed sacrifice bunt, Keys reliever Jason Gurka retired a pinch hitter on a soft infield pop up. Gurka then hit leadoff hitter Blake Kelso to put runners at first and second base and up came pinch hitter Adrian Sanchez. Sanchez lined a game-winning single to center field to score the lead runner and end the game. (Adam Pohl)
Torsten is Boss
In a back and forth battle on Friday night, the IronBirds held on to defeat the Scrappers, 7-6, in Mahoning Valley and claimed their first road series victory of the season. Torsten Boss put the Birds in front when he belted a pinch hit two-run blast to right field in the eighth inning. RHP Jose Nivar closed out the game in the ninth for Aberdeen.
The IronBirds struck first on Friday night but their lead did not last long. LF Anthony Vega scored in the top of the first but Mahoning Valley took the lead in the bottom of the second when the Scrappers plated a pair of runs on RHP Sebastian Vader.
Trailing by a run in the top of the fourth, CF Roderick Bernadina put the IronBirds back in front with a two-run single to right field. But the theme of the night stayed true and the Scrappers would find themselves ahead once again in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs in the frame, RHP Sander Beck walked RF Mark Bradley. With 3B Erik Gonzalez at the plate, Bradley took off for second. C Scott Kalush’s throw went into centerfield. Bradley took off from the third. Roderick Bernadina tried to throw out Bradley at third but Bernadina’s throw sailed into the stands and Bradley scored on the pair of throwing errors.
Off the bench, Torsten Boss proved to be the hero on Friday. Following a Roberto Ortiz single in the top of the eighth, Boss stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Boss belted a Jack Wagoner breaking ball over the right field fence. Boss’ first home run since June 19th put Aberdeen ahead 6-5 in the eight.
Aberdeen added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Joel Hutter RBI groundout.
Jose Nivar took the hill for Aberdeen in the bottom of the ninth. Nivar surrendered a run on two hits but got C Jeremy Lucas to fly out to centerfield to end the game.
RHP Bobby Wilkins (1-0) tossed a pair of scoreless innings out of the bullpen and notched the win on the night. Jack Wagoner (0-2) got the loss and Jose Nivar picked up his third save of the season.(Tim Murray)
O's victorious 3-2
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