Bowie, Md. – Baysox starter Zach Clark pitched seven shutout innings and the offense exploded for 10 runs as the Baysox shut out the Binghamton Mets 10-0 Friday evening.
The Baysox took advantage of several mistakes by Binghamton starter Zack Wheeler to jump ahead early Friday night. Wheeler walked or hit the first four batters he faced to allow a run before recording the first out. Bowie went on to score five runs on just two hits in that first inning to build a lead Binghamton was unable to match.
“We took advantage of some base on balls, some hit batters and we got a couple keys hits with runners on to score some runs and give Clark good footing,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “I thought we looked good offensively. I was really pleased with the at-bats all the way throughout the lineup. The hits were balanced out and I thought it was a formidable lineup one through nine.”
A start after throwing seven innings and allowing one run on six hits, Clark was even better Friday. This time he pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits while striking out six batters and walking three in his ninth win of the season.
“I was looking forward to the flow of this game facing Wheeler because I like to get into a rhythm, but that never really happened after we scored five runs in the first inning,” Clark said. “I was just trying to play my game – get ahead, expand the zone and let my defense work behind me.”
The Baysox got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning against Wheeler. Wheeler hit center fielder Antoan Richardson, walked second baseman Jonathan Schoop, walked third baseman Ty Kelly and hit left fielder Robbie Widlansky to drive in the first run. Shortstop Manny Machado then singled to left field to drive in two more runs and move Widlansky to second base. With one out, Wheeler threw a wild pitch to allow the runners to advance and they scored on a double to left field by designated hitter Aaron Baker to give the Baysox a 5-0 lead. It was Baker’s first at bat of the season with the Baysox.
Bowie extended its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Right fielder Buck Britton hit a lead off single to right field and catcher Caleb Joseph followed with a walk. Richardson then singled to center field to plate Britton and move Joseph to third base where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Schoop. With one out. Widlansky singled to center field to score Richardson and give the Baysox an 8-0 lead. Jeff Stevens replaced Wheeler on the mound to finish the inning.
The Baysox tacked on two more runs on the bottom of the seventh inning against Binghamton reliever Adrian Rosario. First baseman Rhyne Hughes and Baker drew back-to-back walks to start things off and Britton singled to right-center field to load the bases. Joseph grounded out to plate Hughes and Richardson followed with a single to load the bases again. Schoop plated Baker with a sacrifice fly to give the Baysox a 10-0 lead.
Right-handed reliever Pat Egan pitched the final two scoreless innings for the Baysox and allowed three hits while striking out four batters.
Wheeler took the loss for the B-Mets, pitching three and two-thirds innings and allowing eight runs on six hits while striking out six batters and walking three.
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, July 25 for a seven game homestand. The activities include Superhero Night Saturday, July 21 during a game starting at 6:35 p.m., an appearance by TNA Impact Wrestler Zema Ion Sunday, July 22 during a game starting at 6:05 p.m. and Mutt Monday, July 23 beginning at 7:05 p.m.
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