Severna Park's Mark Budzinski sparked a two-run rally in the ninth inning that gave the Akron Aeros a 5-3 victory over the Bowie Baysox last night in a Class AA Eastern League game before 4,020 at Prince George's Stadium.
Budzinski, who went to Severna Park High School, doubled off Maximo Heredia (2-2) leading off the ninth and scored on Joe Kilburg's RBI single to give Akron (43-35) a 4-3 lead. Dan McKinley then tripled, scoring Kilburg, when right fielder Cesar Devarez -- normally a catcher -- misjudged the ball. The Aeros scored four runs in the final three innings.
That completed Akron's comeback from an early 3-0 deficit and dropped Bowie (44-33) out of a first-place tie with Erie. The Baysox squandered a number of early scoring chances and wasted a fine effort from Bowie starter John Parrish, who allowed just one run on two hits in six innings. The Baysox have scored just four runs during the 21 2/3 innings Parrish has pitched.
Bowie put runners on base in all but one inning, stranding nine -- including runners in scoring position in five of those innings.
The Baysox took an early lead with two runs in the second when Carlos Casimiro doubled in Devarez, and Darrell Dent hit an RBI single. Rick Short (3 for 5) added Bowie's only other run in the third.
Akron got solo homers from Heath Hayes and Scott Morgan in the fifth and seventh, slicing the lead to 3-2. The Aeros tied it in the eighth on Todd Betts's single off Heredia.
Jared Camp retired Bowie in the ninth for his second save.