The Bowie Baysox have made numerous comebacks this season, but last night's may have been their best.
Tim DeCinces's RBI single capped a six-run ninth inning as Bowie stunned Akron with a come-from-behind 9-8 victory in a Class AA Eastern League game before 8,175 at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie trailed 8-3 heading into the ninth. But the Baysox (53-43) got RBI singles from Luis Matos and Richie Paz to make it 8-5. Rick Short added a sacrifice fly off Akron reliever Jared Camp (0-1), slicing the lead to two with two outs.
Wady Almonte then walked before Carlos Casimiro lined a two-run double to right-center to tie the game at 8. With Casimiro on second, Camp balked and eventually walked Darrell Dent. DeCinces then greeted Marc Deschenes with a line drive off the right field fence to score Casimiro with the winning run.
"You go up there with the game on the line, you've got to be aggressive and be looking for a fastball," DeCinces said. "It was down and in a little and I [got it]."
Bowie starter Mike Bell held Akron (53-44) hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings, at one point striking out four in a row. Akron then scored eight runs total in the fifth and sixth to take an 8-2 lead. Dan McKinley hit a two-run triple in the fifth and Danny Peoples did the same in the sixth. Brian Benefield added a two-run homer.
The win moves Bowie into second place in the Southern Division.
CANNONS 1, PELICANS 0: Potomac starter Robert Smith and three relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Cannons defeated host Myrtle Beach in a Class A Carolina League game interrupted by a 1-hour 24-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. The Cannons managed only two hits, both in the fourth inning, when Andy Bevins doubled and scored on Taber Maier's single.
Smith pitched five innings to earn his first victory of the season, then was lifted after the rain delay. Rick Gonzalez pitched an inning of relief, followed by Lance Franks, who pitched two innings. Jose DeLeon pitched the ninth for his second save.
KEYS 11, HILLCATS 3: Chip Alley had three hits, including his first home run of the season, scored two runs and added three RBI to lead visiting Frederick in a Class A Carolina League game. Sean Douglass yielded two earned runs over seven innings to earn the win for the Keys (10-15).