• Ben Hall

Baysox Fail to Hold on to Early Lead in Loss to the RubberDucks

Although the Baysox scored 4 runs in the first inning, that was not enough. The Baysox lost to the RubberDuck 9-8 in the second game of the series.

The starting pitcher for the Baysox was Bruce Zimmerman. Zimmerman was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA before this start. The RubberDucks starting pitcher was Tanner Tully. Tully was 3-4 with a 3.24 ERA before this start.

In the top of the first inning after getting the first two batters out, Zimmerman gave up a solo homerun to Connor Marabel to right field.

The Baysox got to Tanner Tully quickly in the bottom of the first. Mason Mccoy led the inning off with a single to center field. Ryan Mckenna then had a bunt single and Austin Hays walked giving the Baysox bases loaded with no outs.

Ademar Rifaela struck out on a wild pitch which advanced all of the runners tying the game at 1.

Martin Cervenka drove Mckenna in with a single to center field giving the Baysox a 2-1 lead.

Rylan Bannon then drove Hays in with a single to right field making the score 3-1. After Carlos Perez singled to right field, the bases were loaded again with one out.

The next at bat TJ Nichting hit a sac fly to right field driving Cervenka in giving the Baysox a 4-1 lead.

Tanner Tully then got Chris Clare to ground out to get him out of the inning.

Both teams scored 1 run in the 3rd inning making the score 5-2. Connor Marabel drove Ernie Clement in with a single to shallow right field in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the inning, Ademar Rifaela hit a solo homerun to left field on a 3-1 pitch.

No runs were scored again until the top of the 5th inning. Ka’ai Tom could not get a grip on his bat all night. After letting go of his bat twice, Tom hit a three run homerun to right field on an 0-2 pitch with two outs. This tied the game at 5.

Bruce Zimmerman pitched a scoreless 6th inning for the Baysox which finished his night. He gave up 9 hits on 5 earned runs and 1 walk on 8 strikeouts. This was the most runs he had given up since the beginning of the month.

“A little bit of command of the baseball. He got burned on a 0-2 breaking ball, a guy hit a three run homer. But he has been good for us all year. It was just one of those nights,” manager Buck Brtitton said on what was different with Bruce Zimmerman tonight than usual.

Pedro Araujo came in to pitch for the Baysox in the 6th inning.

After a three up three down 6th, the 7th was not as easy for him. The RubberDucks led the inning off with two hits. And after a fielder's choice, they had runners on second and third with one out. Ka’ai Tom then hit a three run homerun to center field on a 2-1 pitch. This was Tom’s second homerun of the night. This homerun gave the RubberDucks a 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.

“This is Double-A baseball man. When you make mistakes and these guys put good swings on it, they can put the ball out of the ballpark,” Britton said when asked on if he was surprised by how well the RubberDucks hit the ball.

After Tanner Tully pitched a scoreless 6th inning for the RubberDucks which finished his night. He gave up 9 hits on 5 earned runs as well. He also had 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Ben Krauth came in to pitch for the RubberDucks in the 7th inning. He pitched 1.2 innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk. And Dalbert Siri came into the game to get the third out of the 8th inning.

In the top of the 9th inning, the RubberDucks got another insurance run when Mitch Longo drove Ka’ai Tom in with a single to center field. This run gave the RubberDucks a 9-5 lead.

Down 9-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Mason Mccoy hit a single to right field and Ryan Mckenna walked. This brought Austin Hays to the plate with two runners on. After a breaking ball for a strike on the inside part of the plate, Hays hit a 3 run homerun to left field. This homerun made the score 9-8.

“He (Dalbert Siri) was throwing pretty hard. But he had been doubling and tripling up on his breaking ball. So after he got that first breaking ball over for a strike, I was looking for something up in the zone expecting him to throw another breaking ball and he did. And I put a good swing on it so I was happy about that,” Hays said.

This homerun knocked Siri out of the game causing the RubberDucks to put in Kyle Nelson. Dalbert Siri pitched 1 inning giving up 2 hits on 3 earned runs.

Nelson struck Ademar Rifaela out on 5 pitches to get his second save of the season for the RubberDucks.

This win put the Akron RubberDucks record at 26-25. And for the Baysox 19-32.

Although it was a tough loss for the Baysox, Buck Britton did like some things he saw from his players in the game.

“The big thing that stood out was there in the 9th inning. Coming back down four, got back in the game and had a chance there with the tying run at the plate so that was good,” he said.

But there were also some things Britton disliked. The Baysox had a few costly base running errors late in the game and that raised some concern from him.

“That’s unacceptable,” Britton said. “We can’t have those mistakes in those situations. I mean that arguably costed us the game tonight. You know when you make those mistakes it’s hard to recover.”

Losing a game like that is tough for the players but with an early game tomorrow they will have to put this one behind them.

“Baseball is tough. The games don’t stop coming. Especially tomorrow we have a morning game so its a quick turn around,” Hays said. “You just try to go in, take a shower, eat some food, and just leave it in the locker room when you go home that night. Just come in with a fresh mindset and a fresh start the next day.”

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