BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox fared better last week, starting with a sweep of Altoona in a three-game series at home before dropping two of three at Binghamton, but the one win was a good one.
That came on May 27, when Bowie scored a 7-0 victory over the Rumble Ponies. Keegan Akin struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits with one walk and improved to 5-4 this season.
Cedric Mullins singled in the first, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and later scored on Ademar Rifaela’s RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead. A throwing error allowed two more runs in the fifth, and then four-straight doubles brought in three runs for the 7-0 final.
Mullins finished with four hits, the sixth time in his career that he has done that.
Peter Alonso hit a two-run homer in the eighth that gave Binghamton a 3-1 victory on May 26. The Rumble Ponies scored six early runs and then held on for a 6-4 win on May 25.
Bowie came into the series off of a three-game sweep of the Altoona Curve at home. The series began with a win thanks to a big eighth inning on May 22.
With two on and two outs, Corban Joseph belted a three-run homer that snapped a 3-3 tie. Anthony Santander then singled before Ryan Mountcastle added a two-run homer, his first this season.
The Baysox followed that up on May 23 with a 9-3 victory over the Curve. In that game, a five-run second inning led the way. Marin Cervenka, Erick Salcedo, Mullins and Santander got consecutive RBI singles. Joseph then came after Santander with an RBI double for a 5-2 Bowie lead.
Rifaela added a two-run homer in the fifth, and Bowie scored once more in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Overall, Santander, Joseph and Mullins both had three-hit games while Aderlin Rodriguez and Rifaela both had two hits.
Bowie then completed the three-game sweep the next day when Lucas Long earned his first victory of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Curve on May 24 in a game that started at 11:05 a.m. at Prince George’s Stadium.
Long allowed one run on five hits and struck out four. He went a season-best seven innings. The last time he went that long was last August, also against Altoona.
Luis Gonzalez then came on and recorded the final six outs – striking out three in the process – while giving up one run.
Santander gave Bowie a quick 1-0 lead with a homer in the first, but the Baysox added three in the fourth. Anderson Feliz got an RBI single, and Salcedo added a sacrifice fly before Mullins later delivered an RBI single.
Feliz later added a solo homer that put Bowie on top, 5-1. Overall, he went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs, and two steals.