BOWIE, Md.– LHPKeegan Akintossed six shutout innings and the Bowie Baysox (11-7) held on for a 3-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (12-7) on Wednesday morning at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
Akin (2-2) surrendered three hits to go along with two walks and five strikeouts over his six innings of work. RHPRyan Meisinger(2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K) and LHPPaul Fry(1.0 IP, 2 K) combined to close things out for Bowie as Fry recorded his first save of the year.
Akin has allowed just one earned run over his last 12.0 IP and is 2-0 during that span.
Richmond led off the eighth with a solo shot fromAli Castilloto cut the lead to 3-2 and had the potential tying run at third with one out in the frame, but Meisinger was able to getAramis Garciato ground to short andJerry Sandslined to center to end the threat.
The Baysox grabbed a run in the fourth asAustin Haysreached with a one-out double, took third on an infield single and scored onAderlin Rodriguez‘sRBI fielder’s choice.
Gage (0-2) gave up the two runs on six hits while walking one and fanning three in 6.0 IP.
Jonah Arenadoput Richmond on the board in the top of the seventh and cut the lead in half with a solo home run.
The Baysox quickly answered back in the home half of the frame when Rodriguez led off with a single, went to second on a single, advanced to third on a sac bunt and scored onErick Salcedo‘ssac fly to make it a 3-1 game for the time being.
Hays (2-4, 2B, R) and Mullins (2-3, 2B, HR, RBI, R) both had multi-hit games for manager Gary Kendall’s squad.
The Baysox will enjoy an off day on Thursday before opening a three-game set with the Akron RubberDucks on Friday night at Canal Park in Akron. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. with RHPHunter Harvey(0-0, 2.08) on the mound for Bowie against Akron RHPShao-Ching Chiang(1-0, 1.76).