Rosa an All-Star, Baysox closing in on the playoffs

Garabez Rosa DK23BOWIE – Garabez Rosa has done a little bit of everything this year – and in a few other seasons – with the Bowie Baysox and received some recognition last week.

The Eastern League placed Rosa on its annual Postseason All-Star team for a second consecutive season, according to a statement from the team.

Rosa made the team last year along with former Bowie catcher Chance Sisco, who is now playing with Triple-A Norfolk and possibly heading to Baltimore in September or at some point in 2018.

Rosa, after Sunday’s games, was hitting .310 with 13 homers and 86 RBI in 117 games. He leads the league in average, hits (153), is tied for first in RBI and was at or near the top in several other categories.

Rosa, 27, truly has done a little bit of everything for Bowie this season. He has played six different positions in the field – three in the outfield along with first, second and third base. He was also picked to play in the 2017 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Rosa played in his 500th game for Bowie earlier this year.

This Postseason All-Star team is voted on by Eastern League managers, coaches and media personnel.

Fighting for the top spot

The Baysox kept their first-place dreams alive Sunday with a come-from-behind 7-3 victory over host Altoona thanks to a two-homer, six-RBI night from Aderlin Rodriguez.

Rodriguez hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning off Jake Brentz to give the Baysox a 5-2 lead. Then, in the eighth, he belted a two-run shot that gave Bowie some insurance and made the lead 7-3.

Austin Hays (3-for-5) also helped, the only other member of Bowie to have a multi-hit game besides Rodriguez (3-for-5).

That win cut Altoona’s lead to one game in the Western Division with just more than a week left. Bowie’s magic number to lock up a playoff spot sat at four after the game.

In the Eastern Division, the Trenton Thunder have clinched first place while the Binghamton Rumble Ponies locked up the No. 2 spot. It looks like it will be Altoona and Bowie in some form in the Western Division, so those should be the four teams involved in this year’s playoffs.

Bowie won the Eastern League title two years ago, after beating Reading. It was the only time the Baysox have won the crown.

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