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Adam Pohl

Akin Leads Bowie To Road Series Victory,  4-3

Seven strong innings help Baysox win two straight over first-place Akron

BOWIE, Md. – Keegan Akin shined through seven innings and the offense came through with some timely two-out hitting to help the Bowie Baysox earn a 4-3 victory and a series win over the Akron RubberDucks in front of 3,509 at Canal Park Thursday afternoon.

Making his second start of the road trip to Harrisburg and Akron, Akin threw his 12thquality start of 2018 to earn his Eastern League-leading 11th win. The lefty shut down a potent RubberDuck offense in seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine batters. Thursday marked the fourth time in 20 starts where Akin has sat down nine or more batters via the strikeout. His 116 punchouts also place him atop the league standings in that category.

Bowie (50-58) jumped out to a first-inning lead for the second straight contest. A pair of walks set the table for Yusniel Diaz, who lined a two-out single to center field for his second RBI within the Baltimore organization. Corban Joseph scored and the visitors quickly had a 1-0 lead.

Sam Haggerty lifted a second-inning solo home run to tie the game at one apiece for Akron (65-45), but the Baysox responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Ademar Rifaela grounded a RBI single to right field to score Diaz, while Martin Cervenka capped a stretch of four straight hits off Akron strarter Aaron Civale with a RBI single to right field to plate Anderson Feliz and extend the lead to 3-1.

The Ducks continued to chip away at the Bowie lead with a run in the fifth inning, but Ryan McKenna re-extended the Baysox advantage to 4-2. A line-drive single to center field drove in Erick Salcedo—who doubled with two outs in the seventh inning. Akron pulled within a run for a second time on a ninth-inning solo home run, but the defense nailed down the final out with the game-winning run at the plate to secure the series victory.

Robert Coon

‘BIRDS OFFENSE STALLS AGAINST ‘DOGS
Craport long ball not enough for Delmarva
SALISBURY, MD – The Delmarva Shorebirds’ offense was kept quiet by the Charleston Riverdogs’ pitching staff in game one of the series, holding Delmarva to just one run and dropping them 2-1 for their fifth straight loss on Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Janson Junk (5-3) pitched well for the Riverdogs (18-21, 51-56) allowing just one run on five hits, walking one, and striking out four. Brandon Bonilla (0-1) took the loss in his first start as a Shorebird (19-20, 54-52) surrendering one run on no hits, walking two, and striking out two in his three innings pitched. Daniel Alvarez pitched two innings of relief and picked up his first save of the year after allowing one hit, while striking out three.
Charleston found the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when Dermis Garcia reached first on a lead-off walk. Garcia advanced to second on a Carlos Vidal hit-by-pitch, while both runners moved up on a Bonilla wild pitch. Welfrin Mateo then skied a fly ball into center that brought home Garcia on a sacrifice fly, putting Charleston in front 1-0.
Neither team could find the scoreboard again until the seventh inning began. Vidal walked with one out in the inning and advanced to third on a hit and run with Mateo. A wild pitch again tacked on another run after Vidal scampered home to make it a 2-0 Riverdogs lead.
In the home half of the seventh the Shorebirds found their only run of the night against Junk. Trevor Craport turned on a ball to left field that just bounced off the top of the wall for a solo home run.
That would be all the offense the Shorebirds could muster for the rest of the game. Alvarez came in and shut the door on the ‘Birds in the final two frames to steal game one of the series.
Craport was 1-for-4 with the solo home run in the seventh inning. Mason McCoy was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Mateo was 2-for-3 and tacked on an RBI in the win for the Riverdogs.
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