John Means retired 13 batters in a row after a leadoff single but the Baysox could not capitalize in a 5-3 loss on Sunday night at Canal Park. With the win, Akron clinched a postseason berth and passed Altoona to heads into first place with a day to go in the Eastern league regular season.
Bowie could not break through early. The Baysox had a runner in scoring position without scoring in each of the first four innings. In the third and fourth frames, the Baysox had runners at the corners only to see a double play ball end the inning.
In the fifth though, the Baysox grabbed the lead. After a Chris O’Brien single, Chris Dickerson tripled off the centerfield wall to score O’Brien with two down to give Bowie the lead. But Akron answered.
After John Means had retired 13 consecutive hitters, the RubberDucks went to work. Eric Stamets doubled to right field and consecutive batters walked to load the bases. Ivan Castillo then lifted a drive off the left field wall to clear the bases and put Akron up 3-1. Means would allow three runs in 5 and 2/3rd innings in the tough luck loss.
In the seventh inning, a Mike Papi two-run home run provided needed insurance for Akron. Bowie would get a two-RBI double from Henry Urrutia in the eighth inning to make it 5-3.
Now Akron is the third team to clinch a playoff spot in the league. Harrisburg is still alive needing an Altoona loss and a win to get in. Altoona can either win or get in with a Harrisburg loss.
The season comes to a close Labor Day, Monday, September 5th at 1:05 p.m. as the Baysox turn the ball to Brandon Barker to finish the year. Coverage begins at 12:45 p.,. on wnav.com, baysox.com or via the Tune-In Radio App by searching Baysox.