It was a strange night all the way around at Prince George's Stadium. Rain delayed the start of the Bowie-Akron game for 55 minutes. A power outage caused a 32-minute delay in the third inning, and even though Bowie couldn't get a hit after the fourth inning, the Baysox still scored a 5-4 victory over Akron in a Class AA Eastern League game last night.
The 3,873 spectators got their money's worth -- except for those who came to see Bowie left-hander Matt Riley. Manager Joe Ferguson pulled Riley after the third-inning power failure. Riley had given up three runs on three hits, including two homers, in two innings plus one pitch.
However, Scott Eibey (2-0), Mike McDougal and Ryan Kohlmeier then combined to hold Akron to one run over the final seven innings. Kohlmeier worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 15th save, striking out the final two batters.
Bowie (43-32) -- which extended its second-place lead over Akron to two game -- trailed 3-0 after two but got one back in the third and Wady Almonte's RBI groundout sliced Akron's lead to 3-2 in the fourth. Brian Rust capped the four-run inning with a three-run homer for a 5-3 lead.
Akron (42-35), which got a pair of solo homers from Heath Hayes, took a 2-0 lead on Todd Betts's second inside-the-park homer of the season against Bowie.
Betts, a left-handed hitter, sliced a line drive down the left field line with one out in the first. Bowie left fielder Rick Short dived, hurt his shoulder when crashing into the foul pole, and couldn't immediately get up as Junior Betances scored from first and Betts circled the bases.
After the game, the Baysox said that catcher Tim DeCinces had been promoted to Class AAA Rochester.