Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (51-50) were shutout for the first time since May 29 as they fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (53-50) 1-0 Monday evening in a pitcher’s duel where both teams were scoreless through five innings and the Baysox first hit came in fourth inning.
“The hits were tough to come by, but I thought our swings were good,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “[Richmond] made plays – that’s a good outfield. That’s a big league outfield defensively. It was a good ball game to watch – we kept them off the board except for one run and that’s the kind of game you expect when we get together with Richmond.”
Baysox right-handed starting pitcher Eddie Gamboa pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits while striking out three batters and walking two in the loss.
“For the most part I felt great and tried the give the team a chance to win the game and that’s all you can do,” Gamboa said. “You try to win one pitch at a time every at-bat and you try to keep guys off-balance. I was just trying to pound the strike zone with four different pitches and keep them guessing.”
Richmond starter Justin Fitzgerald pitched seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two batters while walking one in the win.
Richmond broke the scoreless tie with the only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning against Gamboa. Gary Brown hit an infield single to lead off the inning and moved to second base on an Ehire Adrianza sacrifice bunt. Daniel Mayora then doubled to right field to score Brown and give the Flying Squirrels a 1-0 lead.
Left-handed reliever Chris Petrini pitched three scoreless innings behind Gamboa, allowing one hit and striking out three batters while walking one.
LHP Rick Zagone (2-2, 3.48) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they play the second game in a three game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by LHP Chris Gloor (2-2, 2.09).
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, July 25 for a seven game homestand. The activities include Tailgate Tuesday, July 24 beginning at 7:05 p.m. and Christmas in April Wednesday, July 25 beginning at 7:05 p.m.