Baysox Start Quick, Hold off B-MetsJuly 21, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Bowie Baysox
A night after drawing a season-high nine walks, the Baysox offense continued to show discipline and take advantage of poor Binghamton pitching to draw eight walks Saturday.
"I think guys are going up there and doing a better job not to swing at bad pitches," said Manager Gary Kendall. "For the most part we are battling counts, getting a 2-2 count and laying off a bad pitch so suddenly he has to he has to make a pitch and you get a walk. I think it goes back to experience and that some guys have been getting a better knowledge of the strike zone."
For the second straight night the Baysox batted around in the bottom of the first inning against Binghamton starter Gonzalez Germen. With two outs, they loaded up the bases and then Josh Barfield knocked in the first run of the inning on an infield single. Aaron Baker followed with a two-run single and then Buck Britton capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI double that made the score 4-0.
Baker has recorded four RBIs in his first two games with the Baysox this season. "There has been an adjustment to hitting in Double-A, but I try to keep the same approach and keep things simple," Baker said. I try not to do too much and let everything take care of itself."
In the top of the second the B-Mets answered right back against Baysox starter Jake Pettit. With the bases loaded and two outs, Juan Lagares hit a two-run single that cut the lead to 4-2.
The Baysox added two more runs in the second inning. With two outs and runners at the corners, Binghamton reliever Armando Rodriguez threw a wild pitch that allowed Robbie Widlansky to score. Then Britton picked up his second RBI of the game with a single that scored Barfield and made the score 6-2.
In the fourth inning, the Baysox got another run when Barfield drew a bases loaded walk that extended the lead to 7-2.
The B-Mets got two runs back in the fifth inning. With two outs, Mike Baxter walked and Eric Campbell doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Wilmer Flores then hit a two-run double to cut the lead to 7-4.
In the top of the eighth inning, the B-Mets picked up another run. With the bases loaded and one out, Baxter hit a sacrifice fly that score Juan Centeno and make the score 7-5.
Baysox reliever Jason Gurka earned the win for the Baysox, pitching one and one-third scoreless innings and allowing one hit while striking out three batters and walking two. Reliever Kyler Newby earned the save after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Germen took the loss for the B-Mets, pitching the first inning and allowing four runs on five hits while striking out one batter and walking one.
The Baysox are home through Wednesday, July 25 for a seven game homestand. The activities include 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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