Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (56-53) offense was on fire Wednesday evening as the team recorded 17 hits and beat the Rock Cats (59-51) 11-3.
A night after failing to record a hit with runners in scoring position, the Baysox recorded six extra-base hits and batted 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Robbie Widlansky recorded a team-high four hits and Caleb Joseph a team-high three RBI as eight of the nine batters in the lineup recorded at least one hit.
“I thought we worked to get some good hitting counts,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We moved runners today, which we didn’t do last night. We were able to come up with contact when we put guys in motion. When we got guys on second base some balls started to fall and I thought we expanded the outfield a little bit by hitting the gaps.”
Chris Herrmann got the scoring started in the top of the first inning against Baysox starter Mike Wright with a solo home run to make the score 1-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Baysox took the lead against New Britain starter Logan Darnell on a Rhyne Hughes two-run home run, his 10th of the season, and it gave the Baysox a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the second inning, the Rock Cats tied up the game. Joe Benson led off with a double and then scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error to make the score 2-2.
“I was probably a little rattled after the first inning and that led to another run in the second inning,” Wright said. “After that I talked to [Kennie Steenstra] and settled in. It helped that we scored five runs in the first three innings because that allowed me to keep attacking batters.”
Josh Barfield gave the Baysox the lead back in the bottom of the second inning when he hit an RBI single that scored Buck Britton and made the score 3-2.
In the third inning, the Baysox added to the lead. Rhyne Hughes led off with a double and scored on a triple by Robbie Widlansky. Caleb Joseph then tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2.
The Baysox added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Widlansky led off with a single and then went to third on a single by Britton. With two outs in the inning, Brian Ward knocked in Widlansky with an RBI single to make the score 6-2.
In the sixth inning, the Baysox tacked on another run. Jonathan Schoop led off with a walk and then Kelly doubled to put two runners in scoring position. With Widlansky batting Edgar Ibarra threw a wild pitch that allowed Schoop to score. Widlansky then followed with an RBI single to make the score 8-2.
The Rock Cats got one run back in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single by Chris Hermann to cut the lead to 8-3.
In the bottom half of the inning the Baysox would get the run right back on an RBI single by Schoop and then they added two more runs on a two-run double by Joseph in the eighth to cap the scoring at 11-3.
Wright earned the win for the Baysox, pitching six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two batters and walking three.
Baysox reliever Jason Gurka pitched the seventh inning and allowed one runs on two hits. Clay Schrader pitched the eighth inning and stuck out one batter while walking two. Making his Baysox debut, Andy Loomis pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish the game.
Darnell took the loss for New Britain, pitching three innings and allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out one batter and walking two.
LHP Jake Pettit (7-3, 4.32) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they finish a three game series against the New Britain Rock Cats. He will be opposed by RHP Steve Hirschfield (7-5, 3.24).
The Baysox are home through Sunday, August 5 for a six game homestand. The activities include Camp Day Thursday, August 2 beginning at 11:05 a.m., the Family Campout after the game Friday, August 3 and AAGPBL Night Saturday, August 4 beginning at 6:35 p.m.