Bowie, Md. – The Baysox players and coaches donned pink jerseys Saturday night to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The jerseys did not benefit the Baysox (22-32) as the team fell 7-3 to the Reading Phillies (30-22) for their fourth consecutive loss.
The Baysox tied their season-high with three home runs in the game, but each of them were to lead off an inning so they were all solo home runs. Reading’s first five runs came on two home runs, a three-run blast and a two-run blast.
The Baysox only three hits of the game were solo home runs. The Baysox also tied their season-high with eight walks, which provided the team with their only base runners of the game. Reading was better able to utilize their 10 hits to get runners on base when they hit home runs.
“It was a strange game offensively,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “We couldn’t get anything to fall. We hit a couple balls sharp, but we didn’t have a whole lot of opportunities. We had some walks that we could have capitalized on. We tried to steal some bags to get guys in scoring position if we could get a couple hits in those situations, we get a couple runs.”
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was back in Bowie Saturday on a Major League rehab assignment. In his first at-bat of the game, he hit his first home run of the season and finished 1-3 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout.
Manny Machado made his first professional start at third base Saturday night and while he did commit one fielding error late in the game, he made a number of spectacular plays to throw runners out during the course of the game.
“I thought it went phenomenal,” Machado said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I felt pretty comfortable out there – I have been practicing for a while now. Baseball is baseball whether you are playing shortstop, outfield or third base so I just feel comfortable playing wherever the manager wants me to play.”
Reading got off to a quick start against Baysox starting pitcher Mike Wright in the top of the first inning. Miguel Abreu singled to right field and Cesar Hernandez followed with a single to left field. Darin Ruf then hit a three-run home run to left field to give the R-Phils the early 3-0 lead.
Roberts helped get the Baysox on the board in the bottom of the first inning against Reading starter Austin Hyatt when he hit a solo home run to right field to lead off the inning and make the score 3-1.
The Baysox got another run back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Catcher Allan de San Miguel hit another Baysox solo home run to right-center field to lead off the inning and make the score 3-2.
Reading extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Sebastian Valle hit a one out single to left field and Leandro Castro followed with a two-run home run to right-center field to give Reading a 5-2 lead. Baysox reliever Chris Petrini replaced Wright to finish the inning.
Bowie got one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Machado hit the third Baysox solo home run of the game to left field to make the score 5-3. It was Machado’s third home run of the season and first since April 9.
“[Heck] yeah; it’s about time I got a home run,” Machado said. “It has been a while since I got one so it was good to get one out, just to get it out of my system. Hopefully now I can start hitting well.”
The R-Phils added some insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning against Petrini. With two outs, Abreu reached on a fielding error by Machado. He scored when Cesar Hernandez reached on a fielding error by center fielder Antoan Richardson that moved Hernandez all the way to third base. Hernandez came home when Ruf singled to left field to make the score 7-3.
Wright pitched five and one-third innings and allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out two batters and walking two more in the loss.
“It seems like Wright has a hard time getting started kind of like his last start and then he gave up a two-run home run late,” Kendall said. “But, I thought he settled in nice and he made some pitches and kept us in the game.”
Petrini pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed two unearned runs on one hit while striking out three batters and walking one.
Hyatt pitched five and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs on three hits while striking out three batters and walking five in the win. Lisaberto Bonilla pitched the final two innings for the R-Phils and did not allow a hit while striking out three batters to record the save.
The Baysox auctioned the pink jerseys off their backs at the end of the game with the proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Maryland. The team raised more than $2,500 for the organization.
LHP Jake Pettit (3-0, 4.46) takes the mound for the Baysox tomorrow as they play the final game in a home stand against the Reading Phillies. He will be opposed by RHP Trevor May (5-2, 4.28).
The Baysox are home through Sunday, June 3 for a three game home stand. Sunday’s game starts at 2:05 p.m. and its Educator’s Appreciation Day, Food Allergy Awareness Day and there is a postgame Zumba Fitness® Fest. After an off day Monday, June 4, the team departs for a six game road trip to Portland and New Hampshire before returning home Tuesday, June 12.
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.