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Westcott Splits Baysox Hopes

July 19, 2010 - Eastern League (EL1)
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The Bowie Baysox managed just three hits and were nearly powerless against a shining performance by Richmond starter Craig Westcott, as the Flying Squirrels won 4-2 to split their four-game series. The Baysox two runs and all three hits came during Westcott's 7.0 innings, as he struck out nine batters with just one walk. Squirrels right-hander Rafael Cova completed the fine pitching display, with two hitless innings with one walk to record his 16th save of the season, second-most in the Eastern League.

Baysox started Ryohei Tanaka took his tenth loss of the season, entering a four-way tie for most defeats in the Eastern League. Tanaka was charged with all four of Richmond's runs on seven hits through 5.0 innings.

The Baysox scored the game's opening run in the third inning, a normally fortuitous event for the Baysox, who entered the game with a 32-10 record when scoring first. Shortstop Greg Miclat drew a walk with one out, and ran to second base after Westcott's attempt to pick him off flew past first base into foul territory. Miclat moved 90 feet closer to home on second baseman Carlos Rojas' groundout to second base, and scored when center fielder Danny Figueroa lifted a single into left-center field.

Richmond erased the Baysox one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Thomas Neal hit a one-out single to Miclat, and moved to second base and moved to third base when first baseman Brandon Belt doubled to left field. Conor Gillaspie walked to load the bases, and Clay Timpner's infield single rotated the runners as Neal scored to tie the game. Belt scored to make it 2-1 on shortstop Ryan Lormand's fielder's choice that forced Timpner out at second base.

Bowie third baseman Brandon Waring tied the game in the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff home run over the left field wall, his 16th long ball of the year. With 49 runs driven in, Waring is second behind Baysox slugger Joel Guzman for the club lead in home runs and RBIs.

Tanaka could not stop the Squirrels steady production, and they reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning as outfielder Darren Ford doubled to left field, moved to third after tagging up on a fly out to right field, and scored on Neal's single to right.

Gillaspie led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a triple to right field, bringing interim manager Field Coach Moe Hill out of the dugout to replace Tanaka with former Cincinnati Reds reliever Pedro Viola. Viola could not work any magic to prevent the run scoring, as Timpner plated Gillaspie with a single to right field that put the Flying Squirrels ahead 4-2.

Both bullpens went into lock down at that point, as Chad Thall and Bob McCrory joined Viola out of the Baysox bullpen and combined to give up no runs over the game's last three innings.

Unfortunately, their quality work went unrewarded as the needed rally never came. The Baysox came close in the top of the eighth inning. Miclat led off with a single to right field and moved to second after Cova took over on the mound and walked Rojas. Figueroa advanced the runners to second and third basewith his team-leading seventh successful sacrifice bunt. Their momentum snapped, as designated hitter Ryan Adams chopped the ball to Cova, who caught Miclat too far off third base and threw him out. Right fielder Tyler Henson flied out to left field to end the Baysox last, best chance. Cova retired the Baysox in order with two strikeouts in the top of the ninth inning to seal the win.

After the split in Richmond, the Baysox stand at 50-45 and are hanging on to second place in the Western Division by only their fingertips, as they stand 8.0 games behind league leaders Altoona and just half a game ahead of third-place Akron.

They return to Bowie for a seven-game home stand against Binghamton and Richmond that begins at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, July 19. That Monday game against Binghamton is the Baysox second annual Mustache Mania, where fans can show their 'stache to save some cash; fans sporting a moustache -- natural, drawn or taped on -- can get a half-priced lower reserved ticket at the box office. Saturday, July 24 is Star Wars Night, one of the most eagerly anticipated events at the ballpark this season, with lightsaber battles between innings by reenactors in authentic replica Star Wars costumes.

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