Pitchers’ duel goes to Baysox’ Pettit
MANCHESTER — Strong pitching from both starters led to a low-scoring night at the ballpark Tuesday.
Bowie Baysox starter Jake Pettit came out on top, throwing eight innings and scattering six hits to lead the way in a 2-1 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in front of 5,013 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Fisher Cats (54-59) starter Marcus Stroman threw seven solid innings, striking out seven and allowing the two runs, but ended the night with the loss to drop to 6-3. Pettit improved to 6-5. The teams meet again today for a 12:05 start.
New Hampshire made some noise in the bottom of the ninth inning when Brad Glenn and Kevin Nolan greeted Baysox reliever Daniel McCutchen with back-to-back singles. But McCutchen recovered to strike out A.J. Jimenez, Gabe Jacobo and pinch hitter Ryan Schimpf to close the game and earn his first save.
New Hampshire scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Nolan dropped a one-out single into center field and then scored on a Jimenez double into the gap. Jacobo moved Jimenez to third with a fly out to center, but Pettit got Kevin Ahrens to pop out to end the inning.
Bowie took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third. Garabez Rosa led off with a single and moved over on a Josh Horton fly out to left. No. 9 hitter Brian Ward doubled down the third base line to score Rosa and Ward went to second on a groundout to first. Niuman Romero singled to score Ward, but Stroman got Buck Britton to fly out to close the frame.
New Hampshire threatened several times in the later innings, but came up short. New Hampshire placed runners on first and second in the sixth inning. In the seventh the Fisher Cats had a runner on first with one out, but Pettit worked out of trouble again. A one-out double from Andy Burns went for naught in the eighth.