Arms Falter in Opening Night Loss
On Opening Night at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford, MA, the New Bedford Bay Sox pitching staff struggled in a 10-3 loss to the Plymouth Pilgrims.
Starting pitcher Gabriel Rodriguez (0-1) picked up the loss for the Bay Sox, as he lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on four hits and four free passes. Rodriguez, who averaged over a strikeout per inning for Eastern Florida State this spring, fanned three batters in the first two innings before failing to retire a Pilgrim hitter in a seven-run third, which broke the game wide open.
Keith Klebart (Sacred Heart) scored the first two runs for the home squad, crossing the plate in the second on an RBI groundout by college teammate Ted Shaw, then providing his own offense on a solo shot to right field in the sixth inning. Ryan Baldwin (Barry University) launched another solo blast to right field in the eighth inning, as a gusty breeze was blowing out of the ballpark throughout the cool summer evening.
Robbie Doring (Dayton) was 2-for-3 on the evening, picking up a single and a double, and leads the team through their first two games with a .500 batting average. Center fielder T.J. Dixon (Samford) was 2-for-4 with two singles from the leadoff spot for the Bay Sox, and catcher Andrew Penner (Los Angeles Valley) and Nick Miceli (Wesleyan) picked up the other hits of the game for New Bedford.
After Rodriguez left in the third inning, he was replaced by Dylan Collett (St. Leo College). Collett scuffled on the mound as well, allowing two runs on six hits in his three innings of work. Adam Fournier (Franklin Pierce) was very erratic, but his defense did not help him out during his one inning of work. The Bay Sox committed two errors in addition to the three walks allowed from Fournier in the two-run sixth frame.
The back end of the bullpen was effective for New Bedford, as Darrien Ragins (Delaware State) worked a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts. Ragins was impressive in the Bay Sox' exhibition game against the Wareham Gatemen last Saturday, tossing two scoreless innings as the starting pitcher. Daniel Southerland (Wheaton) struck out three batters in the eighth inning, while allowing a hit and a walk, and Brandon Schlimm (St. Bonaventure) worked a scoreless ninth with a strikeout of his own.
The Bay Sox, who have now dropped their first two games of the young season, will play a home and home series with the Upper Valley Nighthawks on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The Sox will travel to West Lebanon, VT on Tuesday night before hosting the expansion franchise for the first time on Wednesday night.
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