The early-season problems of the Bowie Baysox continued last weekend as the team dropped a three-game series on the road against the Akron RubberDucks.
In the first game, on April 18, Bowie led once and rallied from a three-run deficit but it wasn’t enough as Akron scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth and pulled out a 7-4 victory over the Baysox.
Bowie took a 1-0 lead when T.J. Nichting’s sacrifice fly plated Martin Cervenka in the second but Akron scored the next four runs. Starter Hunter Harvey struck out a season-best seven during four-plus innings but gave up the four runs.
But then Bowie began fighting back.
The Baysox got one when Cervenka brought in Rylan Bannon with an RBI single in the sixth. One inning later, Bowie loaded the bases with three walks before Yusniel Diaz’s two-run single evened the score at 4-4.
Brian Gonzalez had pitched well out of the bullpen, setting down nine of the 10 batters who came up before Tyler Erwin ran into problems in the eighth inning.
He gave up four runs on three hits as the RubberDucks took the lead for good. Then, in the ninth, closer James Karinchak struck out the side to end it.
The game on Friday was washed out due to rain so they played a doubleheader Saturday.
The games were scheduled to be seven innings each, but the first one needed extra time as Akron scored a 1-0 victory in eight innings thanks to a walk-off single from Ka’ai Tom.
Bowie still took some good things away from that contest as Alex Wells pitched for the first time in AA ball and held Akron scoreless for 4 2/3 innings.
Dillon Tate went the rest of the way in relief, going 2 2/3 innings with the only hit being the Tom game-winning single. He struck out two and walked two while throwing 25 strikes on 36 pitches in a solid performance.
The Baysox simply missed one too many scoring chances. They went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and that wasn’t enough to score a run.
Bowie’s best chance came in the eighth when Preston Palmeiro was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice, and the Baysox then left runners at first and third.
In the second game, Zac Lowther started for the third time and gave up just one run in five innings. That turned out to be too much as Akron scored a 2-0 victory and clinched the doubleheader sweep.
Bowie did little on offense in this game. The Baysox finished with four hits – Akron got only three overall – but never moved a runner past first base in the seven-inning contest.
Lowther gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks and pitched well, but the offense just couldn’t support him.