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Baysox lean on bullpen to defeat Akron Aeros, 3-2


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Baysox pitcher Mike Wright gathers with his teammates. In four innings, he gave up five hits and two runs against the Senators on July 1.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Baysox pitcher Mike Wright gathers with his teammates. In four innings, he gave up five hits and two runs against the Senators on July 1.

Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Bowie Baysox pitcher Mike Wright searched of his seventh win of the season last Monday night against the Akron Aeros at Prince George’s Stadium.

But, the Aeros jumped to an early 1-0 lead. Wright walked Carlos Moncrief and then tossed a juicy pitch to Jesus Aguilar, who hit a double to left field in the first inning.

In four innings, Wright struck out three batters, but he gave up five hits and two runs in his no-decision performance.

“Mike just didn’t look sharp tonight,” Baysox manager Gary Kendall said after the game. “He just couldn’t get ahead of hitters, and he looked a little frustrated. His count got up in the 90s really quick, but I take my hat off to the bullpen.”

Bowie leaned on its bullpen to clean up the remaining five innings.

The Baysox offense picked up in the bottom of the second inning. Gabriel Rosa hit a one-out single and advanced from first to third base after second baseman Josh Horton hit a single to center field. Kyle Hudson hit a deep shot to left field on a sacrifice fly, driving in Rosa to tie the game at 1.

Akron responded in the fourth inning. Giovanny Urshela hit a single to center field and moved to second base after Wright threw a wild pitch. Quincy Latimore hit a singe to left field, bringing Urshela home to regain the lead 2-1. Hudson bobbled the sure catch.

The Baysox fought back in the fifth inning to get the home team’s first lead of the game. Newly acquired outfielder Trayvon Robinson worked the count for a lead-off walk, and Niuman Romero hit a single to start the rally. Eastern League All-Star selection Caleb Joseph advanced both runners with a groundout. Seth Loman drove both of his teammates in with a double to left field to make it 3-2.

Loman knocked in the deciding run of the game after a solid pitching performance from Tim Bascom, who earned his second win of the season. Bascom threw two strikeouts in two-thirds of an innings. Zech Zinicola struck out one batter in one and one-third innings. Closing pitcher Marcel Prado struck out the first two batters he saw in the ninth. He then forced a groundout to complete his seventh save of the season.

 “It was a nice game. They threatened as many times as they did, and we pitched out of some jams tonight,” Kendall said after the game. “Bascom did a really nice job, so I mean the guys really responded out of the bullpen. And we just hit enough.”

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