BALTIMORE — Bowie’s Ryan Mountcastle received the honor of playing in the All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He was one of the two Orioles’ prospects picked to participate in the contest, where Team USA scored a 10-6 victory over Team World in a game highlighted by a total […]
BALTIMORE — Bowie’s Ryan Mountcastle received the honor of playing in the All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
He was one of the two Orioles’ prospects picked to participate in the contest, where Team USA scored a 10-6 victory over Team World in a game highlighted by a total of eight home runs hit between the two squads.
Mountcastle did not start but entered the game in the fifth as a pinch-hitter and struck out. He batted again two innings later and flew to left, finishing 0-for-2 while serving as the designated hitter.
This season, Mountcastle has a .314 batting average with eight homers and 38 RBI in 59 games. It will be interesting to see with all the moves the Baltimore Orioles could be making before the trading deadline if Mountcastle gets a look when the major league rosters expand to 40 in September.
The Baysox split a four-game series in Reading in their first action after the All-Star break.
Bowie used a wild six-run rally in the top of the ninth to best Reading 7-5 on July 11. The Baysox began the comeback when Anderson Feliz lined an RBI double to left field. Pinch-hitter D’arby Myers added a two-run single with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 5-4.
Corban Joseph, the fourth straight batter down to his last strike, tied the game up with a single. Mountcastle then capped off the rally with a two-run double for a 7-5 lead.
Reading won the next two games before Bowie bounced back for a 7-1 victory on July 15 and earned a split of this series.
Keegan Akin (9-6) moved into a tie for the lead in wins in the Eastern League, holding the Fightin’ Phils to one run on three hits with five strikeouts in five innings. He has now struck out 100 batters this season, which, as of July 15, also was tied for first in the league.
Martin Cervenka and Jaycob Brugman both homered in the win.
The Orioles also announced last week that they extended working agreements with Bowie through the 2020 season – a two-year extension. Baltimore did the same with its other four minor-league affiliates.
“We are excited to extend our long-term partnership with the only Major League Affiliate we have ever known,” said Bowie Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross. “We have seen 174 players go from our field to the Major Leagues – many of them playing for the Orioles and we look forward to working in tandem with Baltimore over the next few seasons to continue working to help players reach their goals and dreams.”
The Baysox announced last week that the team is donating 50 percent of ticket proceeds from the July 19 game versus the Erie SeaWolves to two funds that have been set up to and honor victims and families affected in the June 20 Capital Gazette shootings.
“The Annapolis Capital and its affiliate papers including the Bowie Blade-News and West County Gazette have been such important partners to the Baysox since our first game in 1993,” said Shallcross. “Over the many years of working together, we have come to know many great people at the Capital Gazette family who have put their heart and soul into their craft.
We are saddened at the tragic loss of our good friend John McNamara and colleagues Gerald Fishman, Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith.”
Tickets for this game begin at $8, and all online ticketing fees have been waived. Tickets can be bought online at baysox.com/tickets. Also during the game, there are going to be tributes to those who died, and fans can bid in a silent auction for various items, with all of those proceeds going to the two funds.