Bowie Overcomes 7 Run Deficit To Beat Akron
The Bowie Baysox overcame a seven-run deficit to beat the Akron Aeros 12-9 Friday night. The teams combined for 28 hits in a shootout in front of a raucous crowd of 8,311 at Prince George’s Stadium. With the win, the Baysox move to 12-4 on the season and have reclaimed first place in the Western Division by half a game over Altoona.
Bowie tallied 15 hits as they battled back from a 9-2 deficit in the fourth inning. Remarkably, each player on both teams’ lineups recorded a hit, and every starter for the Baysox scored a run. Left fielder Tyler Henson was instrumental to the comeback with his second-straight three-RBI game.
“The guys are going up there and just swinging the bat,” said Field Coach Moe Hill. “It’s early in the season and they’re just staying aggressive. They’re getting good pitches to hit and about 80 percent of the time, they’re doing something with it, and that’s what you like to see.”
The Baysox grabbed the lead in the first inning, as right fielder Paco Figueroa singled on a grounder to center field, followed by a line drive to center by outfielder Miguel Abreu that advanced Figueroa to third. Figueroa crossed home on left fielder Tyler Henson’s single and Abreu did the same when third baseman Brandon Waring hit into a double play. Figueroa is in fine form, riding a four-game multi-hit streak that has left him with a .327 batting average.
Baysox lefty starter Zach Britton and his defense faltered after the opening frame, as Britton walked two batters in the second and a pair of errors in the field helped Akron erase the lead with three runs.
Matters got worse in the fourth inning, as the entire Aeros order took a turn at the plate and battered Britton with four consecutive hits, all of which went on to score. Zach Clark took over on the hill to try to stop the bleeding, but he faced more of the same as he gave up another two runs before finally escaping the inning.
“I was more embarrassed than anything,” said Britton, who was beaten 4-0 by the Aeros in his last start. “I don’t feel like I should’ve given up most of those hits and given as many runs to these guys, especially two outings in a row. I’m just kind of frustrated with myself.”
Down 9-2 midway through the fourth inning, Bowie fired back with four runs in the bottom of the frame, driven in by catcher Caleb Joseph, second baseman Ryan Adams, Figueroa and Abreu.
The rally continued in the fifth inning with a two-run blast by Waring, his fourth homer of the year, to bring the score to 9-8. The comeback was complete in the sixth when Adams and shortstop Pedro Florimon scored to take the lead, but the Baysox weren’t done yet, as first baseman Joel Guzman launched a moonshot high over the left field wall — his third home run in as many days. Figueroa tacked on the final run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Henson.
The Baysox, winners of three straight games, hope to keep it rolling and wrap up the series victory Saturday at 6:35 p.m. in a game that will feature a post-game fireworks celebration presented by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.