BOWIE, Md.– The Akron RubberDucks (16-11) used an eight-run first to pick up a 18-2 win over the Bowie Baysox (13-13) on Friday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
The Baysox have now dropped six straight against Akron and are 2-6 against the RubberDucks this season.
In the afore-mentioned first inning,Willi CastroandJoe Severeach drove in a run with an RBI double,Daniel Saltersdelivered a two-run double andKa’ai Tomhit a two-run shot off of RHPMatthew Grimes(3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) to open up an 8-0 lead for the RubberDucks. Baysox starterMichael Kelly(0-2) surrendered six runs on three hits while walking three in 0.2 IP.
Bowie got on the board with a run in the second asAustin Haysled off with a double, took third on a groundout and scored onAderlin Rodriguez‘sRBI groundout to cut the lead to 8-1.
Connor Marabell‘stwo-out two-run single in the fourth made it a 10-1 game in favor of Akron. Hays’ solo shot in the home half of the fourth cut the lead to 10-2. The home run was Hays’ (2-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R) team-leading 5thof the season.
RubberDucks starterAaron Civale(n/d) gave up two runs on three hits to go along with five strikeouts in 4.0 IP. Civale had thrown just 48 pitches in four innings before the game entered a rain delay. RHPNick Pasquale(3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K) got the win for Akron with three scoreless innings of relief for Akron.
Daniel Salters’three-run shot came as part of a four-run sixth that extended the Akron lead to 15-2. RHPLucas Long(1.0 IP, H) tossed a scoreless frame in relief for manager Gary Kendall’s squad.
The series continues on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. as LHPJohn Means(0-3, 4.73) will be on the mound for Bowie against a starter yet to be determined for Akron.