Four-run fourth inning lifts Akron to second straight win at Bowie.
News Release, Bowie Baysox
BOWIE, Md. – A Li-Jen Chu three-run home run proved to be the difference as the Akron RubberDucks edged the Bowie Baysox, 5-3, in front of 2,417 at Prince George’s Stadium Friday night.
Akron (10-11) scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the Baysox answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame.Preston Palmeirosnapped a 0-for-15 skid by lining a RBI double off the wall down the right field line.Brett Cumberland, who singled for his first hit of 2019, raced around to score and cut the deficit to 4-1.
The fourth inning proved to be the only blip in starterZac Lowther‘s line. Aside from the first four batters of the inning, the lefty held Akron to two hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings, retiring his first eight batters after a 27-minute rain delay.Dillon Tateallowed one run over 3 2/3 innings, whilePedro Araujotossed a scoreless ninth inning.
The Baysox (4-17) used a pair of long balls to stay in the contest over the later innings. Cumberland (2-for-3) recorded his first home run of the season on a crushed solo shot of Akron reliverNick Sandlinwith one out in the sixth inning to trim the margin to 4-2.
After the Ducks extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the eighth inning,Alexis Torres(2-for-4) hit his first career Eastern League home run to right field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The duo of Cumberland and Torres combined to go 4-for-7 from the plate, scoring all three Bowie runs and driving in two of those three runs.
Bowie and Akron continue their weekend series Saturday night at 6:35 p.m., when LHPAlex Wells(0-0, 0.00) makes his Double-A home debut against Ducks LHPSam Hentges(0-3, 8.62). Students from Southern Maryland schools will be honored during the game for completing the Read and Hit a Home Run reading program before 2019’s first fireworks show of the season lights up the sky, thanks to Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.