Never mind bad luck, this loss was just lame for Baker

August 2, 2014

dylan_baker_baseball_sm1He didn’t have his A-plus stuff, but it was good enough for Carolina Mudcats starter Dylan Baker of Juneau to win the Class A Advanced game.

Unfortunately, the baseball gods had different plans.

The Potomac Nationals beat Baker and the Mudcats 4-2 in a rainy, sloppy minor league game that featured six errors and several bad bounces.

Baker suffered the loss, although it was hardly his fault. He threw 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two walks. But only one run of the three he allowed was earned.

His only bad inning was in the third when Potomac scored three runs, two on a double just passed a diving infielder’s glove. The second runner was a dead duck at home but the throw to the plate sailed over the catcher’s head.

Baker [1-2] has a 4.57 ERA in seven games this year.

This was only his third start since coming back from a broken ankle that sidelined him for three months. His comeback is slowed by pitch counts, but he is showing the promise that made him a fifth round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2012.

The hard-throwing righty has 26 strikeouts in 21.2 innings in 2014 and has 173 Ks in 189 innings for his pro career.