Live: Baysox vs. Reading -- Valido goes deep

Reading failed to take advantage of a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh inning.

After Phillies designated hitter Jeremy Slayden reached first base, third baseman Neil Sellers grounded out and first baseman Brian Stavisky struck out. Shortstop Ozzie Chavez grounded out to third base to end the top of the seventh for the Phillies, and Slayden was stranded at second base.


Baysox first baseman Mike Costanzo flied out to right field to begin the bottom of the seventh. Second baseman Miguel Abreu lifted a high fly ball to left field for the Baysox, and it dropped between Reading left fielder Michael Taylor and Chavez for a double.

Bowie center fielder Dave Krynzel hit a deep fly ball to right field, which allowed Abreu to tag up and move to third base. Right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion walked to put runners on the corners for the Baysox, but left fielder Joe Nowicki grounded out to end the threat.

Baysox starting pitcher Tim Bascom gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings. With seven strikeouts and only two walks, he pitched very well in his first start in front of the home crowd at Prince George's Stadium.

Relief pitcher Ryan Ouellette entered the game for Bowie in the top of the eighth, and he retired the Phillies in order.

Bowie catcher Guillermo Rodriguez led off the bottom of the eighth, and he hit a single down the left-field line. Danny Figueroa entered the game as a pinch runner for Rodriguez, and he moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Jonathan Tucker.

Shortstop Robert Valido followed with a two-run home run to left field, giving the Baysox a 2-0 lead. Bowie designated hitter Brandon Snyder hit a deep fly ball to center field for the second out, and Costanzo smacked a ground-rule double. Abreu reached on an infield single, and with runners on the corners, Krynzel struck out looking to end the bottom of the eighth.

The Baysox lead, 2-0, heading into the ninth inning.