The RubberDucks (33-20) were playing within their element Thursday night, crushing the Baysox (29-24) 16-4 after waiting through a 43 minute rain delay and playing through a light mist the entire evening.
The Baysox pitching staff had a rough night. The team surrendered a season-high 16 runs, a season-high 17 hits and walked a season-high 12 batters in the loss.
Bryson Myles gave Akron the early lead with a solo home run to left-center field in the top of the second inning off Baysox starter Zach Davies.
The Baysox came back to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning against Akron starter Duke von Schamann. K.D. Kang was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and he moved to third base on a double to right field from Ronald Bermudez. Michael Ohlman brought Kang home with a single to right field and Bermudez scored on a balk to give Bowie a 2-1 lead.
The RubberDucks blew the game open in the top of the fourth inning. Davies walked the first two batters to open the inning and was replaced by reliever Marcel Prado with one out. Jordan Smith then doubled to left field to bring home two runs and he scored on a Charlie Valerio single to center field. With two outs and the bases loaded, Bryan LaHair cleared the bases with a double to center field and he scored on a Myles single to right field to give Akron an 8-2 lead.
Kang got a run back for the Baysox with a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 8-3.
Akron added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Chris Petrini. With runners on the corners and one out, Tyler Naquin singled to bring home a run and Fabio Castillo then replaced Petrini on the mound. Joe Wendle then walked to load the bases and Lindor hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give the RubberDucks a 10-3 lead.
The RubberDucks extended the lead in the top of the eighth inning. Rodriguez reached on a one-out throwing error and with two outs, Castillo walked four consecutive batters to bring home two runs. Reliever Steve Hensley then replaced Castillo on the mound with the bases still loaded and walked in a third straight run. LaHair then hit a two-RBI double and scored on a Tony Wolters single to right field that made the score 16-3.
Bowie got a run back in the bottom half of the inning against Akron reliever Giovanni Soto. Niuman Romero hit a lead off double to right field and scored on a Christian Walker single to center field to make the score 16-4.
Making his first start after a month on the disabled list, Davis threw three and one-third innings and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two in the loss. The final seven outs he recorded all came via the strikeout. Prado recorded the final two outs of the fourth inning and allowed five runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one. Petrini pitched two and one-third innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out two batters. Castillo pitched one and one-third innings and allowed five unearned runs while walking a career-high six batters. Hensley pitched the final one and one-third innings for the Baysox, allowing one run on two hits while walking three and striking out one.
Von Schamann took the win for Akron, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three.
RHP Tyler Wilson (5-4, 4.45) takes the mound for the Baysox Friday as the team begins a three game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by LHP Jack Snodgrass (4-0, 1.74).
The Baysox are home through Sunday, June 1 for a six game homestand against the Akron RubberDucks and Richmond Flying Squirrels. Promotional highlights include Knock Cancer Out of the Park Night Saturday, May 31 beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the Aces & Bases Learn to Play Tennis event Sunday, June 1 beginning at 2:05 p.m.
Baysox Baseball – We’ll Knock Your ‘Sox Off. The Baysox 2014 season, their 22nd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is underway at Prince George’s Stadium. Come see some of the top Orioles prospects play here first. To keep up with Baysox news during the season, visit baysox.com.