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Baysox win 7-6 against Rock Cats in walk-off fashion

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox ace Mike Wright pitched four innings Aug. 23 in his no-decision performance.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox ace Mike Wright pitched four innings Aug. 23 in his no-decision performance.

Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Bowie Baysox defeated the New Britain Rock Cats on Aug. 23 in walk off fashion 7-6 at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.

Baysox starting pitcher Mike Wright had a rough outing. He pitched the first six innings and gave up nine hits and two runs.

Bowie scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning.

Niuman Romero hit a lead-off double to left field, and Brandon Waring reached first base after a walk. Garabez Rosa dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Then, Trayvon Robinson hit a two-out single to take a 2-0 lead.

Bowie tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Outfielder Lew Ford reached first base after D.J. Baxendale hit him with a pitch. He moved to second base after Baxendale threw a wild pitch, and Seth Loman followed up with a single to center field. After two consecutive New Britain throwing errors, Ford and Loman scored to extend the lead 4-0.

New Britain responded in the fifth inning after slowing falling apart to Wright. But, after tossing four-straight scoreless innings, Wright surrendered his first run of the night. Kyle Knudson hit a one-out single and advanced to second base after a single made by Danny Santana. Edwin Rosario drove in Knudson with an RBI double, 4-1.

Bowie charged back and added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kyle Hudson knocked a lead-off single to center field and then stole second base. Buck Britton scored Hudson with a single to right field, and Caleb Joseph smashed a double to drive in the second run of the inning, 6-1.

New Britain retaliated with a lead-off home run made by Danny Ortiz the following inning to cut the lead to four runs.

Rosario hit a solo home run for New Britain in the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Matt Bischoff. It was a sign of things to come in the eighth inning after the Baysox completely collapsed defensively. Bischoff gave up two singles, walked a batter and then threw a bad pitch to Jordan Parraz, who hit a single and drove in another run.

Chris Petrini replaced Bischoff, and he surrendered a two-out, two-run single to tie up the game.

The game came down to a pivotal moment in the bottom of the ninth inning in a make-or-break situation. New Britain reliever Matt Hauser walked Waring, and Rosa moved him over to second base with a sacrifice bunt.

Ryan O’Rourke replaced Hauser, who had his third loss of the season. O’Rourke walked Hudson and intentionally walked Robinson. He was replaced by Dakota Watts.

With two outs remaining in the final inning of the match, Watts walked Joseph to bring in the game-winning run.

Petrini earned his fifth win of the season and notched two strikeouts in one-and-two-thirds innings of work.

“They outhit us tonight, to their credit,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said. “All game they had us on the ropes, and it was really just a matter of time before they caught up. We are fortunate we had the right guys up there — the middle of our order — and we got a walk to pull it out.”

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