Bowie, Md. – After a busy night Thursday, the Baysox bats still had some energy left as the team batted around and scored five runs in the sixth inning for the second consecutive night on the way to beating Harrisburg 6-3. With the win and a Richmond win, the Baysox remain four games ahead of the Flying Squirrels in the Wild Card race.
Baysox left-handed starter and reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Jake Pettit pitched seven innings Friday and allowed one run on five hits while striking out nine batters in the win.
“I feel like all of my pitches are working really well,” Pettit said. “My breaking stuff is lights out right now and it’s usually hit or miss so I have a good feel for that and I don’t have to use my change-up as much. Something clicked and I am throwing with more of a purpose now.”
After three scoreless innings, the Baysox broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning against Harrisburg starter Danny Rosenbaum. Left fielder Josh Barfield hit a lead off double to right field and moved to third base on a groundout. With two outs, first baseman Robbie Widlansky drew a walk and stole second base while Barfield stole home with help from a throwing error on catcher Jhonatan Solano to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.
Harrisburg tied the game in the top of the fifth inning against Pettit. The first three batters of the inning singled to reach base, with the third batter Seth Bynum recording an RBI. After a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third base with one out, Pettit struck out the final two batters to get out of the inning with the score 1-1.
The Baysox stormed back into the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first three hitters of the inning singled to load the bases and second baseman Ty Kelly then doubled down the left field line to plate two runs. Shortstop Jonathan Schoop was thrown out at home on the play. Widlansky followed with a two-run home run to right field and designated hitter Caleb Joseph kept things going with a single to center field. With two outs, Harrisburg reliever Kevin Pucetas replaced Rosenbaum on the mound and walked a batter before surrendering a single to center fielder Jai Miller than plated Joseph and gave the Baysox a 6-1 lead.
“Their guy [Rosenbaum] has pretty good stuff and I was pleased with how we hung in because the first couple innings he was getting a lot of soft contact and hitting his spots,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “I was thinking if he continues to do that it could be a long night. Then we get a couple runners on and [Jonathan] Schoop gets a big hit and [Ty] Kelly triples and it is just a cluster of runs. That’s the way it has been for us lately.”
The Senators got back in the game in the top of the eighth inning against Baysox reliever Andy Loomis. With two outs, Anthony Rendon drew a walk, Justin Bloxom singled to left field and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Jhonatan Solano brought them both home with a single to left field to make the score 6-3. Baysox closer Kyler Newby replaced Loomis to record the final out of the inning.
Loomis pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out two batters and walking two.
Rosenbaum pitched five and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two in the loss.
RHP Tim Bascom (6-6, 4.28) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as the team plays the third in a four game home series with the Harrisburg Senators beginning at 6:35 p.m. He will be opposed by RHP Brian Broderick (2-0, 4.08).
The Baysox are home through Thursday, August 30 for the final eight game homestand of the season. The activities Kids Appreciation Night Saturday, August 25 beginning at 6:35 p.m., Fan Appreciation Day Sunday, August 26 beginning at 2:05 p.m. and Mutt Monday, August 27 beginning at 7:05 p.m.