The New Bedford Bay Sox dropped their third straight game, 2-1, to the Plymouth Pilgrims.
After allowing 17 runs in their last two games combined, the combination of Brad Case (Rollins), Zack Reid (UMass Dartmouth) and Andrew Tumbelty (Rider) gave up just two runs on Monday evening at Forges Field. But the Bay Sox’ offense continued to struggle, scoring just one run in the eighth inning while stranding 13 runners in yet another frustrating loss.
New Bedford had runners on base in every inning except for the fourth, as leadoff hitters Corey Joyce (North Carolina Central) and Chandler Debrosse (Central Connecticut State) reached base five times. The Bay Sox had two runners on in the first and third, and loaded the bases in the fifth, but were held scoreless on each occasion. They loaded them back up in the eighth and scored on a hit batter, and had another runner in scoring position in the ninth, but could not tie up the contest.
Plymouth broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, bringing two runners across home plate in what was the only damage allowed by Case. Patrick McColl singled to start the inning, but was still on first base with two down before the Pilgrims struck. McColl stole second base, and scored on a single by Jeremiah Adams. Connor Brumfield drove in Adams two batters later to make it 2-0, but Case bounced back to strand two runners in scoring position.
Case went six strong innings in his second start of the season, allowing just those two runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and two walks on the night. He was replaced in the seventh by Reid, who got himself into a jam with one down. A single and an error by Reid placed runners on the corners, but the righty from Dighton induced a huge double play to keep the Bay Sox’ deficit at just two runs.
After the clutch double play that ended the bottom of the seventh, the Bay Sox finally put a run on the board in the top half of the eighth inning. Karsten Sherman (Keiser) was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and moved to second base on a single by Nick Matera (Rutgers). After a strikeout from Nick Neville (Notre Dame), Cody Doyle (Sacred Heart) blooped a single to left-center field to load the bases.
Luke Bakula (Kansas) entered as a pinch hitter and was hit by another pitch on a full count to drive in New Bedford’s run. Zachary Scott (St. Leo) attempted to bunt home a run, but Matera was gunned down at home plate on a close play, as new pitcher Mike Davis made a great fielding play. Joyce, who was an honorable mention for Player of the Week last week, flew out to left to strand three runners and end the inning.
Prior to that run, the Bay Sox had gone scoreless in 25 of their last 26 innings — not counting the six innings that were played on Saturday evening before Game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader with Danbury was suspended. New Bedford plated two runs in Sunday night’s 8-2 loss in the fourth inning, with both scoring on errors by the Ocean State Waves.
Sherman reached on a two-out walk in the top of the ninth inning, and moved to second on a wild pitch, but Matera could not drive him in, which led to New Bedford’s third straight loss and sixth defeat in their last seven contests.
The Bay Sox will take the Fourth of July off before traveling to Vermont to face the Mountaineers on Wednesday night. Their next home game is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against the Newport Gulls at Paul Walsh Field.
— Adam Belue