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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Baysox starting pitcher Kevin Gausman earned his first win of the season against Akron on Opening Night last Thursday at Prince George’s Stadium.
Published on: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
By Daniel Kucin
The Bowie Baysox are on a three-game winning streak after their clutch win against Akron on opening night at Prince George’s Stadium.
Culminating the Baysox’s 20th season last Thursday night against the Akron Aeros, pitcher Kevin Gausman was stellar in his first appearance at the Bowie ballpark — earning his first win this season. The Orioles’ first-round pick threw 90 pitches in six innings and struck out five batters to give the Baysox the advantage, 5-1.
“I felt comfortable out there and overall I thought my stuff was the best it has been,” Gausman said. “I was really happy with my slider, and I was also happy making the hitters feel uncomfortable. It is great to come home and get the win. ... This is the first time I’ve pitched here, so it was kind of cool for me, and it was definitely exciting.”
Baysox outfielder Xavier Avery singled with the first hit of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Fellow outfielder Kyle Hudson got on base with a single, which led to a triple by Ty Kelly scoring two runs to give the Baysox an early lead.
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Xavier Avery rounds third to score the first run of the game.
“With Avery and Hudson at the top, they are capable of getting on and they hit the ball to all fields,” Baysox manager Gary Kendall said. “Having them up there is very exciting, and it puts guys in scoring position for Kelly and (Jon Lewis) Ford and (Zelous) Wheeler. It’s a pretty good one-two tandem there with the speed that they have, and it’s a pretty good lineup throughout.”
The Aeros tried to mount a comeback the following inning. Center fielder Tyler Holt reached first after Baysox short stop Garabez Rosa committed a fielding error, and Aeros second baseman Jose Ramirez made things interesting by getting on base after yet another error by Aaron Baker.
Yet, Gausman looked poised in his second start of the season, and he got out of the jam striking out two batters and forcing Quincy Lattimore to ground out to end the inning.
“I love when guys are on base; it makes it more interesting and more fun,” Gausman said. “It is go time, and that is the time when you really want to get into your stuff more than anything and make good pitches.”
Baker redeemed himself in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot to left-center on a full count pitch to go up by three.
Bowie was on fire scoring four-straight innings with a run.
Avery reached home from second base off of a one-out Kelly single in the fifth inning, and Ford later scored the Baysox’s last run in the sixth, taking the score to 5-1.
Akron tallied its only run of the game in the top of the fifth, but relief pitchers Chris Petrini and David Walters helped shut the door to celebrate Bowie’s fourth win of the season.
Kendall has praised Gausman’s ability so far this season, and he thinks Gausman has the potential to become the next star pitcher in the Orioles’ rotation. Kendall said that Gausman gets the ball out of his hand better than anyone he as ever coached, and he expects Gausman will be in an O’s uniform very soon.