Baysox right-handed starting pitcher Mike Wright pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two batters and walking one in his first win of the season for the Baysox Saturday night.
“I felt great,” Wright said. “I finally located well today and that’s why I finally had success. There were a lot of ground balls and the defense worked for me. You have to throw more quality pitches and I definitely did that tonight to help me get out of some situations.”
For the third night in a row, the Binghamton pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone as they issued nine walks to Baysox batters to tie the team’s season-high after walking nine and eight batters during the two previous games.
The Baysox struck first in the bottom of the second inning against Binghamton starter Darin Gorski. First baseman Rhyne Hughes hit a one out double to right field and Joseph followed with a two-run home run to left field to give the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
Joseph homered for the second time to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning to help the Baysox extend their lead. After the home run, Gorski walked the bases loaded and Ty Kelly followed with a one out groundout that plated Buck Britton from third to give the Baysox a 4-0 lead.
“I battled in the first at-bat and got a change-up that didn’t sink as much as the others and I got the barrel on it,” Joseph said. “The second one was a 2-0 fastball that [Gorski] was really trying to hit hard somewhere and sure enough missed a little bit low and I got it.”
Binghamton got on the board in the top of the eighth inning against right-handed reliever Robert Hinton. With two outs, Juan Lagares tripled to center field and scored when Reese Havens singled to right field to make the score 4-1.
The Baysox added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Binghamton reliever Robert Carson. With one out, center fielder Jai Miller drew a walk, second baseman Jonathan Schoop singled and left fielder Josh Barfield singled to load the bases. Kelly then singled to right field to plate two runs and give the Baysox a 6-2 lead.
Binghamton mounted a comeback in the top of the ninth inning against Clay Schrader. Schrader walked two batters and surrendered an infield single before walking a third batter to plate the runner from third and make the score 6-2. Right-handed reliever Kyler Newby then replaced Schrader on the mound and induced a double play to end the game.
Hinton pitched three innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out one batter. Schrader pitched one-third of an inning and allowed one run on one hits while striking out one batter and walking three. Newby pitched two-thirds of an inning to earn his seventh save of the season.
Gorski earns the loss for Binghamton, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on five hits while striking out five batters and walking six.
RHP Eddie Gamboa (4-1, 2.92) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they begin a three game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, July 25 for a seven game homestand. The activities include Mutt Monday, July 23 beginning at 7:05 p.m., Tailgate Tuesday, July 24 beginning at 7:05 p.m. and Christmas in April Wednesday, July 25 beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 20th season is underway. Parking is free at every Baysox home game and tickets are now available at www.baysox.com, or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.