BALTIMORE — The Bowie Baysox have been playing better as of late, especially since all of the Baltimore Orioles trades have brought in some new players.
However, some of the players that have been with the team longer also have done well. Such as catcher Martin Cervenka, the native of the Czech Republic who was named the Eastern League Minor Player of the Month for July – the first time he’s won that award this year.
The Orioles claimed Cervenka from waivers during the offseason, and he had a big month of July. Cervenka batted .364 (24-for-66) with seven homers plus 25 RBI during just a period of 20 games.
The numbers for batting average, homers and RBI break career highs the catcher ever posted in a month.
Bowie began the final week of July by taking two of three matches in Akron. After that, the Baysox came back home and dropped two of three against Reading.
Akron won the series opener 7-4 on July 31. Bowie starter Luis Ysla (5-4) fanned a season-best nine in six innings but gave up two runs on just three hits and took the loss.
The Baysox bounced back the following night to pull out a 6-5 victory over Akron. Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer in the first.
In the third, Joseph doubled, stole third and scored on Aderlin Rodriguez’s single to snap a 2-2 tie and give Bowie the lead for good. Joseph went 3-for-5 and ended up a triple short of the cycle.
The Baysox eventually pulled ahead 6-3 before Akron rallied in the eighth and finally had a chance to score the tying run on a single. But Ademar Rifaela nailed Mark Mathias out at the plate to save the lead and the game.
On Aug. 2, left-hander Keegan Akin threw seven solid innings as the Baysox edged the RubberDucks 4-3. Akin got his 11th victory, which put him on top of the Eastern League.
He gave up two runs on just three hits while striking out nine. Akin had 116 strikeouts after that start, also tops in the Eastern League at the time.
Yusniel Diaz gave Bowie an RBI single while in the fourth, Rifaela (RBI single) and Cervenka (RBI single) provided the Baysox with two more runs. Ryan McKenna added an RBI single in the seventh for what proved to be the deciding run.
The Baysox then scored a 6-1 victory over Reading on Aug. 3. They had five players each knock in one run as newly-acquired Dean Kremer (who came over the in Machado deal) threw five scoreless innings and claimed the victory.
Diaz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Reading took the final two games of the series on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5. On Saturday, the Fightin Phils used a five-run sixth inning to take command en route to a 7-4 victory.
Another player who came in one of Baltimore’s late July deals, Dillon Tate, started for the second time with Bowie and took the loss. He gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings.
On Aug. 5, Reading scored eight straight runs over three innings and rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Baysox in the series finale. Anderson Feliz homered for Bowie in the loss.