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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Baysox Manager Gary Kendall.
Published on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Starting pitcher Mike Wright earned his league-leading 11th win of the season when the Bowie Baysox shut out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 11-0 on Aug. 18 at Prince George’s Stadium.
Wright pitched seven innings, striking out nine batters. He threw 102 pitches — 69 were strikes.
“I have faced Richmond a lot, so I felt like I had a pretty good approach going in,” Wright said. “I had really good fastball command today. Me and (catcher Brian) Ward were really on the same page. When I wanted to throw a slider or change-up that’s what he called. It’s really easy to work off your fastball when you have it like it was today.”
Bowie struck first with a Buck Britton three-run home run, 3-0. The Baysox tacked on another run in the fourth. Brandon Waring hit a double, and then moved to third base after Niuman Romero dropped a sacrifice bunt. Josh Horton hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Waring to make it 4-0.
“We swung the bats really well throughout the lineup,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said. “Horton had a big night with a couple key hits when we needed them and so did (Kyle) Hudson. Buck (Britton) had a big home run to get us on top. It was really nice to see.”
The Baysox took control and started to pull away in the sixth inning. Caleb Joseph hit a lead-off double, and he moved to third base after Britton grounded out. Richmond starting pitcher Chris Gloor walked Waring, and Romero hit a single to score Joseph. Horton loaded the bases with a single, and then Ward hit a sacrifice fly to score another run.
Hudson knocked in the third run of the inning with a single to left field to give his team a 7-0 lead. Bowie piled on four more runs in the eighth inning against Richmond reliever Ryan Bradley. With no outs in the bottom of the eighth and the bases loaded, Garabez Rosa pinch hit for Wilson Betemit, who was on rehab assignment for the Baltimore Orioles.
Rosa hit a double to score two runs. Then, Joseph and Britton followed up with RBI singles to tack on the final runs of the contest, 11-0.