Baysox Tame Rock Cats

Bowie, Md. – After scoring 11 runs Wednesday night, the Baysox (57-53) offense stayed hot Thursday with a 5-3 win over the New Britain Rock Cats (59-52) to take the series.

For the second night, the Baysox were able to take advantage of some defensive errors by the Rock Cats, scoring a run on a wild pitch and scoring an extra run in the third inning after a two-out fielding error. Bowie’s hitters also recorded 11 hits for back-to-back double-digit hit nights.

“There was a single to right and they weren’t able to come up with it and that was a big play in the game because they probably had a shot to throw [Robbie] Widlansky out,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “Instead he fumbled the ball allowing two runs to score and that gave us a little cushion. We swung the bats pretty well and much better with guys on base today.”

Baysox left-handed starting pitcher Jake Pettit pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five batters in the win. The only two runs he allowed were back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning.

“My command was good tonight and my slider felt the best it has all season,” Pettit said. “I was throwing it for strikes and that allowed me not rely on my changeup as much. Both home runs came on two seam fastballs that I let off of.”

The Baysox took advantage of a Rock Cats defensive mistake to strike first in the bottom of the second inning against New Britain starter Steve Hirschfield. First baseman Rhyne Hughes hit a lead off double to center field and moved to third base on a single to right field by right fielder Buck Britton before scoring on a wild pitch to make the score 1-0. It was the second night in a row that the Baysox scored a run as a result of a wild pitch.

Bowie tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit a lead off home run to left field to get the scoring started. Later in the inning, with designated hitter Robbie Widlansky on second base with two outs, Hughes drew a walk and Britton followed with a single to right field. New Britain right fielder Oswaldo Arcia committed a fielding error on the play that allowed two runs to score and give the Baysox a 4-0 lead.

Pettit got into some two out trouble in the top of the fourth inning when Chris Colabello and Deibinson Romero hit back-to-back home runs to left field to make the score 4-2.

Catcher Caleb Joseph extended the Baysox lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a lead off home run to left fieldtry not to wor against reliever Matt Hauser to make the score 5-2.

New Britain mounted a rally in the top of the ninth inning against reliever Kyler Newby. With two outs, Newby surrendered a double and a walk before allowing another double to Daniel Rohlfing that plated one run to make the score 3-2 before Newby was able to get out of the inning.

Right-handed reliever Pat Egan pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Pettit and allowed one hit while striking out two. Newby earned his ninth save of the season, pitching the ninth inning and allowing one run on two hits while striking out one batter and walking one.

Hirschfield earned the loss for New Britain, pitching five innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out two batters and walking four.

The Baysox are home through Sunday, August 5 for a six game homestand. The activities include the Family Campout after the game Friday, August 3, AAGPBL Night Saturday, August 4 beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the Football Kick Off Party Sunday, August 5 beginning at 6:05 p.m.

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