After committing three errors in an opening night loss, the Baysox defense committed two more Friday night leading to a pair of unearned runs in a 10-4 loss to Akron. A pair of home runs from Trey Mancini and Quincy Latimore were not enough to make up the difference on offense.
Baltimore Orioles LHP Brian Matusz pitched one inning for the Baysox Friday night on a Major League Rehab Assignment. It was a 1-2-3 inning and he recorded one strikeout.
It looked like a promising start to Friday’s game when Mancini opened Friday’s game game with his second home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to give the Baysox a 2-0 lead. The home run came after Bowie native Jeff Kemp singled in his first career Double-A at bat against Akron starter Shawn Morimando.
Akron responded with a run in the top of the second inning against Baysox starter David Hess. Nellie Rodriguez hit a lead-off double to center field and scored on a Bryson Myles single to left field to make the score 2-1.
The RubberDucks came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. Myles drew a lead-off walk and stole second base before scoring on a Jeremy Lucas single to right field that tied the score 2-2.
Akron came all the way back to take the lead in the top of the fifth inning. After a lead-off single by Clint Frazier, reliever Donnie Hart replaced Hess on the mound. Hart hit Bradley Zimmer with his first pitch before a Yandy Diaz hit into a force out at second base put runners on the corners with one out. Hart then picked off Diaz at first base, but Frazier scored on the play to give Akron a 3-2 lead.
The RubberDucks kept piling on the runs in the top of the sixth inning.Jordan Smith reached on a one out single to left field and moved to second base after a missed catch error by Adrian Marin on a pick-off attempt. With two outs, Todd Hankins reached on a fielding error by Quincy Latimore in right field that allowed Smith to score. The final run of the inning came home on an Eric Stamets RBI single to center field that made the score 5-2.
The Baysox tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning against Akron reliever Jordan Cooper. After Manini drew a lead-off walk, Latimore crushed a home run into the trees beyond the left field fence to make the score 5-4.
Akron shut the door in the top of the ninth inning against Baysox reliever Dennis Torres. Hankins drew a lead-off walk and Stamets followed with a single to third base. Frazier then reached on a sac bunt, fielder’s choice to load the bases before Diaz drew a one-out walk to bring home a run. Nellie Rodriguez then blew the game open with a grand slam to left field to give Akron a 10-4 lead.
Hess threw four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking one in the loss. Hart pitched two innings in relief, allowing a pair of unearned runs on two hits while striking out four. Matusz pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Baysox. Torres threw 1.2 innings and allowed five runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two. Reliever Ashur Tolliver recorded the final out of the ninth inning for Bowie.
Bowie is home through Wednesday, April 13 for a seven-game homestand against the Akron RubberDucks and Erie SeaWolves. Promotional highlights include fireworks on Saturday night after the 6:35 p.m. game and Mutt Monday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m.
The 2016 Bowie Baysox season is presented by Money One Federal Credit Union. The Baysox are the 2015 Eastern League Champions! Bowie opens its 24th season as the Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at home Thursday, April 7 against the Akron RubberDucks at 6:35 p.m. Single game tickets are now on sale at www.baysox.com.