OF Cedric Mullins kicked off the 2017 season in style with a leadoff home run and the Bowie Baysox (1-0) erupted for 13 runs on 15 hits en route to a 13-7 win over the Akron RubberDucks (0-1) on a snowy Thursday night at Canal Park in Akron.
The game was called with a runner at first and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth due to snow.
Five different Baysox had multi-hit games: Mullins (4-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R), Drew Dosch (2-4, 3B, 4 RBI, R), Adrian Marin (3-4, 2B, 2 R), Garabez Rosa (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R) and Austin Wynns (2-4, 2 R).
After the home run from Mullins, back-to-back walks issued by Akron starter Julian Merryweatherput Bowie in business and set the stage for an RBI groundout from DJ Stewart and an RBI single delivered by Rosa to give the Baysox a 3-0 lead in the first.
A pair of runs in the second including an Audry Perez RBI double opened up a 5-0 lead for Bowie after two innings.
Merryweather (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on five hits to go along with two walks and a strikeout in 2.0 IP.
The Baysox broke the game open with a four-run third courtesy of back-to-back home runs from Stewart and Rosa along with a two-run triple from Dosch to make it a 9-0 game in favor of the visitors.
It marked the first time that Bowie has hit back-to-back home runs since Chris Marrero and David Freitas accomplished the feat on August 26, 2014 at Erie.
Akron cut into the deficit with a four-run third and SS Yu Chang delivered the big blow in the inning with a two-run double.
Bowie starter Brandon Barker (n/d) allowed four runs on three hits while walking a pair and fanning five in three innings of work.
Making his Double-A debut, RHP Ryan Meisinger (1-0) fanned four over two innings of relief and earned the win for manager Gary Kendall’s squad.
The Baysox capitalized on a trio of RubberDuck errors in the fifth and pushed across a pair of runs to stretch the lead to 11-4.
Mullins knocked home a run with an RBI triple in the seventh and scored on Dosch’s RBI single to give the Baysox a 13-4 edge.
Chang’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth brought Akron within 13-7.
In his Bowie debut, RHP Jefri Hernandez (2.0 IP, BB, K) had a scoreless outing in relief.
The series continues on Friday at 6:35 p.m. as LHP John Means (4-8, 4.69 with Bowie in 2016) takes the hill for the Baysox against Akron RHP Michael Peoples (12-6, 3.68 with Akron in 2016).