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Baysox Bats Helpless Against Sea Dogs

August 7, 2009 - Eastern League (EL1)
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PORTLAND, ME - The Baysox held Portland to only two hits, but failed to push a run across the board and were shut out 1-0 Friday night at Hadlock Stadium. Tim Bascom was the tough luck loser allowing one earned run on two hits for the Baysox, but the right-hander tied his career high with six walks which turned out to be the difference in the game. Center fielder Danny Figueroa had three hits for the Baysox, but the offense was unable to solve Sea Dogs right-hander Blake Maxwell and fall to 60-52 on the season.

Bascom got in trouble early in the first inning, walking the bases loaded with two outs giving Portland a chance to strike early. The right-hander settled down to retire Juan Apodaca, and would go on to retire 10 of the next 11 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

The Baysox had chances to score early, but never managed to put anything together with runners in scoring position. In each of the first three innings, the Baysox put runners in scoring position with less than two outs. After a one-out double by Danny Figueroa in the third inning, Maxwell set down the next 10 batters he faced on his way to earning his fourth win of the season.

In the sixth inning Portland finally took advantage of the free pass to push a run across. Ryan Kalish walked with one out, advancing to second on his ninth stolen base of the season. Bascom walked Jorge Jimenez intentionally to put runners at first and second for Jon Still. After Kalish stole third base, Still brought him home with an RBI single to center field to break the scoreless tie. The RBI was Still's 75th of the season, third-best in the Eastern League.

Right-hander Fredy Deza came on in relief of Bascom, working 2.2 scoreless innings to keep the Sea Dogs lead at one. After picking up a win for Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the week, Deza returned to the Baysox without missing a beat. Bouncing back and forth between levels and the starting rotation has not affected the right-hander, compiling a 3.38 ERA in 23 games (six starts) for the Baysox on the season.

The Baysox offense would have one last chance in the ninth inning against the Portland bullpen. After left-hander Andrew Dobies retired second baseman Miguel Abreu to start the inning, righty Bryson Cox came on to face pinch hitter Ambiorix Concepcion. The Portland right-hander got Concepcion swinging, but allowed a two out walk to right fielder Dave Krynzel and hit catcher Steve Torrealba to put the go-ahead run on with two outs. Shortstop Robert Valido came to the plate looking for the first Baysox hit with runners in scoring position, but the Cox sent him down swinging to end the game. Bowie finished the night 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine men on base for the game.

The two teams travel to Fenway Park tomorrow as they take part in the Futures at Fenway game in Boston. RHP Steve Johnson (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the hill for the Baysox in his second start since joining the team. He will be matched up against LHP Felix Doubront (6-4, 3.68) for the Sea Dogs. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. and you can listen to the game live by following the link on www.baysox.com.

The Baysox 17th season as the class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles is going strong! Check out www.baysox.com to see all that's going on at the stadium this year, and don't miss a moment of the action as the Baysox attempt to bring home their first Eastern League championship. Individual game tickets and ticket packages are available now at www.baysox.com or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.


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