Bowie, Md. – The Baysox hit three home runs and Dylan Bundy allowed just one run in six innings and the team beat the Akron Aeros 4-2 in Game 1 of their Eastern League Divisional Playoff series. The best-of-5 series will continue in Bowie tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.
Baysox starting pitcher Dylan Bundy pitched six innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven and walking one in the win. It was the most strikeouts he has had in a Double-A start this season and the only run came on a solo homerun.
“I felt like that was one of my better starts here in Double-A,” Bundy said. “I had a little better command and I was getting ahead in the counts a lot so that makes it easier to pitch when you are ahead in the count and you can do more with your pitches. The quality was pretty good. My fastball was as good as it has been but I was commanding it better so really that’s the main thing.”
Bowie’s offense scored all of their runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings thanks to a home run in each inning. All six of the runs scored in the game were on home runs with Rhyne Hughes hitting the only blast with a runner on base.
“We had a little long ball tonight,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “It would have been nice if there were some guys on base, but we will take them when we can get them. The ball was jumping out of there tonight – I have never seen the ball go out like that. I didn’t think [Ty] Kelly’s ball had a chance or [Ronnie] Welty’s.”
Akron struck first in the top of the second inning when Matt Lawson hit a solo homerun against Bundy to lead off the inning and give the Aeros a 1-0 lead.
The Baysox took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth inning against Akron reliever Paolo Espino. Designated hitter Robbie Widlansky singled to left field and first baseman Rhyne Hughes followed with a two-run homerun to left field that gave Bowie a 2-1 lead.
Right fielder Ronnie Welty helped the Baysox extend the lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning that made the score 3-1.
Left fielder Ty Kelly hit the Baysox third home run of the game when he led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field that gave the Baysox a 4-1 lead. Akron reliever Kyle Landis replaced Espino on the mound to finish the inning.
Adam Abraham got Akron back in the game with a solo home run to right field to lead off the top of the seventh inning against Baysox reliever Mike Belfiore to make the score 4-2.
Belfiore pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits while walking one batter. Baysox reliever Robert Hinton pitched a perfect eighth inning and closer Kyler Newby recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning.
Espino pitched four and one-third innings and allowed four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three in the loss.
The Eastern League playoffs continue tomorrow as the Baysox host Akron in game 2, beginning at 7:05 p.m. RHP Mike Wright will take the mound for the Baysox and he will be opposed by LHP T.J. House. The series then moves to Akron where the Aeros will host the final three games beginning Friday.