Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (55-53) pitching staff surrendered just two hits, but the team still fell to the New Britain Rock Cats (59-50) 2-1 Tuesday evening.
The Baysox had no problem getting on base as they had at least one runner on base in each of first seven innings, but struggled to record timely hits, batting 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Baysox loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with just one out, but were unable to score any runs.
“When you look up at the scoreboard and you see two hits, you don’t think you are going to lose,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We had some opportunities tonight and we just couldn’t deliver. We couldn’t get the big hit.”
New Britain jumped out to the lead in the top of the fourth inning against Baysox starting pitcher Zach Clark. After 10 in a row were retired to start the game, Chris Herrmann singled to left field and Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run to deep center field to give the Rock Cats a 2-0 lead. Both of the Rock Cats hits came in the fourth inning and they proved to be enough to win the game.
“[Colabello] is a good hitter and it wasn’t that I threw a bad pitch, it just wasn’t the right pitch to him in that situation,” Clark said. “I never really got comfortable. I know the results were good, but I was battling myself to keep a rhythm. I didn’t feel like myself, but I was still able to make pitches when I had to.”
The Baysox got one run back in the bottom half of the inning against New Britain starter B.J. Hermsen. Designated hitter Robbie Widlansky reached on a fielding error and moved to second base on a single to left field by shortstop Manny Machado. Widlansky moved to third base when first baseman Rhyne Hughes reached on a force out at second base and right fielder Buck Britton plated Widlansky with a groundout to first base to make the score 2-1.
Clark pitched six innings and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out five batters and walking three in the loss. Left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore pitched two and one-third perfect innings, not allowing a hit or a run and striking out two batters. Reliever Robert Hinton struck out the final two batters in the top of the ninth inning after replacing Belfiore.
Hermsen earned the win for the Rock Cats, pitching five and one-third innings and allowing one unearned run on six hits while striking out three batters and walking one. Bruce Pugh earned his sixth save of the season, pitching three scoreless innings to finish the game.
RHP Mike Wright (1-3, 5.08) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they play the second game in a three game series against the New Britain Rock Cats. He will be opposed by LHP Logan Darnell (8-8, 4.74).
The Baysox are home through Sunday, August 5 for a six game homestand. The activities include DC 101 Elliot in the Morning Night Wednesday, August 1 starting at 7:05 p.m., Camp Day Thursday, August 2 beginning at 11:05 a.m. and the Family Campout after the game Friday, August 3.