BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox received an influx of new players when the Orioles made their deals at the trade deadline last month. One of the most-talked about players is outfielder Yusniel Diaz, who came over in the Manny Machado deal with the Dodgers. Diaz came through with one of his biggest hits since joining […]
BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox received an influx of new players when the Orioles made their deals at the trade deadline last month. One of the most-talked about players is outfielder Yusniel Diaz, who came over in the Manny Machado deal with the Dodgers.
Diaz came through with one of his biggest hits since joining the Baysox on Aug. 19 when he belted a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning that stood up for Bowie and helped it to a 3-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves.
Diaz’s homer gave Bowie two wins of three in this series. It came in that fourth inning and put the Baysox up 3-0 at the time before Erie answered with a run in the ninth.
Keegan Akin (14-6) earned the win for Bowie, throwing six and two-thirds scoreless innings. He now leads the Eastern League in victories, ERA (2.77) and strikeouts (135).
While Akin has been with Bowie the entire season, the Orioles – and Baysox – are hoping to get some help from the seven new players acquired via trades, especially Diaz, who now has hit three homers since joining.
“These guys have made an impact on our lineup.” Baysox manager Gary Kendall said recently. “It’s been fun. We’ve been in a lot more games and we’re playing a little better brand of baseball.”
Kendall said he’s been optimistic about how the new guys will fit in and help the club in the final weeks of the season.
“The guys have gotten acclimated, and they seem to understand [things],” Kendall said. “We’ll see how it parlays into the game. Hopefully, we can play a little better down the stretch.”
Another newcomer, pitcher Dillon Tate, got the victory on Aug. 17 when Bowie scored a 6-4 victory at Erie. Tate, who came over in the Zach Britton trade with the Yankees, gave up four runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings. This was Tate’s first win with for Bowie – he’s 1-2 in four starts after coming off the disabled list.
Erie would come back to win 3-2 the following night with outfielder Anderson Feliz driving in Bowie’s only runs.
Before Erie series, Bowie split a four-game series games the Richmond Flying Squirrels, starting with a doubleheader on Aug. 14. Akin won Bowie game 1 of the twin bill – both contests were seven innings – in a 10-2 victory. He gave up two runs in 5 and two-thirds innings and teammate Austin Hays hit a grand slam during a five-run first inning that gave Bowie the lead for good.
Hays is now batting .325 in his last 10 games and is heating up late in the season after missing a big chunk of time due to injuries.
Infielder Aderlin Rodriguez and Diaz both homered in the nightcap but Richmond scored three runs in the top of the eighth for an 8-5 victory.
The Baysox bounced back for a 10-4 victory the next night. Rodriguez led the way on offense by going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Starter Brian Gonzalez went five and two-thirds innings and got the victory.
Richmond then scored a 6-3 victory over the Baysox on Aug. 16 in the series finale. Bowie turned four double plays on defense but it wasn’t enough in the loss.