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Baysox defeat Flying Squirrels in team’s largest shutout

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Caleb Joseph hit a home run Saturday in the largest shutout in Baysox history.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Caleb Joseph hit a home run Saturday in the largest shutout in Baysox history.

Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Inclement weather passed over Prince George’s Stadium during the middle of the match between the Bowie Baysox and the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Saturday evening. After more than an hour rain delay, the Baysox defeated the Flying Squirrels 13-0 — the largest shutout in team history.

Baysox starting pitcher Tyler Wilson threw seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings. He allowed only one hit and earned his fourth win this season. Wilson waited through the rain delay to pitch his final two perfect innings.

“He changed speeds, got his breaking ball over and had a lot of fly balls,” Baysox manager Gary Kendall said. “He threw the ball really well and changed speeds, which is something he does well. He has been doing it since he got here.”

Richmond pitcher Edwin Escobar was making his first Double-A start. In the first inning, Trayvon Robinson started it off with a lead-off single to center field. Niuman Romero then smacked a sharp hit to left field, and Caleb Joseph drove in Robinson with a groundout to score the team’s first run.

Ronny Paulino hit a single to center field to drive in Romero, 2-0.

Bowie resumed scoring in the second inning. Josh Horton hit a lead-off double. Then, Chris Pettit hit a double to left field, bringing in Horton, 3-0.

After the rain cleared up in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bowie started to quickly pull away. Romero hit a single after Mother Nature finished her storm, moving Robinson to third base. Joseph hit a single to center field to bring Robinson home, 4-0.

Someone forgot to tell Joseph that the Home Run Derby was over. He had two hits, two runs and five RBIs.

Richmond made errors in the sixth inning, which helped Bowie add to its lead. First baseman Brandon Waring drew a walk and then advanced to second base after Garabez Rosa singled on the following at bat. Horton reached first on a Richmond throwing error, but Hudson lined into a double play to force Waring out at third. Pettit reached first base on another Richmond throwing error to score Rosa, 5-0.

The Baysox added two more runs in the seventh inning against Richmond reliever Drew Bowlin. Romero hit a lead-off double to left field, and Joseph hammered a home run to left field, 7-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Baysox scored six runs.

Bowie relief pitcher Zech Zinicola threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts to leave the Flying Squirrels scoreless.

The shutout record was previously set in 1999, when the Baysox defeated the Akron Aeros, 11-0.

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