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Haskin, Baysox slam way to 20 runs in rout

Eighteen of Orioles affiliate's runs were scored with two outs
@TrujilloReports
April 20, 2022

Double-A Bowie only scored in three innings Tuesday. But, boy, did those frames count. The Baysox posted the most runs to date in the Minors (or Majors) -- 18 with two outs -- on 16 hits in the 20-6 rout of Akron, using two eight-run innings and a four-run inning

Double-A Bowie only scored in three innings Tuesday. But, boy, did those frames count.

The Baysox posted the most runs to date in the Minors (or Majors) -- 18 with two outs -- on 16 hits in the 20-6 rout of Akron, using two eight-run innings and a four-run inning to hang a 20-spot on the RubberDucks. Bowie’s eight-run eighth included a grand slam that sparked back-to-back-to-back home runs.

“We preach this all the time, having good swing decisions no matter what the count is, no matter what the outs are, no matter what the situation is,” Bowie manager Kyle Moore said. “It was a testament to that. The reason why you can’t give away a single pitch in the game is because you never know what could happen with two outs and two strikes.”

The bulk of Bowie’s offensive production came from the bottom of its lineup. Hudson Haskin, Shayne Fontana, Dylan Harris and Maverick Handley combined for four home runs, 10 hits, 14 RBIs and 12 runs as the No. 6-9 Baysox hitters. Haskin, Fontana and Harris recorded three hits apiece.

“I think this is the first level where you can really see that huge productivity at the bottom of your lineup because all those players are so talented,” Moore said. “It takes a bunch of guys who are tough outs, even at the bottom of your lineup.”

After Akron scored a run in the top of the first, Bowie responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the inning. A double by Jordan Westburg and walks by Andrew Daschbach and Gunnar Henderson -- who battled back from an 0-2 count -- loaded the bases with two outs, bringing Haskin to the plate.

“An at-bat like that where you grind the heck out of a walk from being down 0-2, you don’t take a single pitch off. It’s something that we’ll highlight tomorrow as being a huge turning point in the game,” Moore said.

The Orioles' No. 16 prospect brought two runs home with a single, and he and Henderson scored on Fontana’s single up the middle, prompting a first-inning pitching change. Harris doubled on reliever Manuel Alvarez’s third pitch and four pitches later, Handley hammered his first home run of the year.

Leadoff hitter Adam Hall was hit by a pitch in his second at-bat of the first and scored on Westburg’s double, giving Bowie eight runs scored, all with two outs.

In the second, the Baysox again loaded the bases with two outs and forced another pitching change. Handley walked to score a run, Hall brought home two with a single to center, then Handley scored on a wild pitch that walked Westburg. That gave Bowie an 11-run lead after two innings.

The bats went quiet on both sides in the middle innings, with top Guardians prospect George Valera’s fifth-inning, two-run homer standing as the only hit over that span. Akron tacked on three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to five before Bowie’s bats awoke.

Outfielder Jonathan Engelmann was called upon to pitch for Akron in the eighth and that led to another eight-run inning for the hosts. Hall singled in his third run, and after Westburg walked for the second time, Daschbach drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Henderson’s walk loaded the bases with two outs and Haskin promptly unloaded them with his grand slam to center field. Catcher Eric Rodriguez came on to pitch and gave up homers to Fontana and Harris, giving Bowie back-to-back-to-back homers and 20 runs in the game.

“When you throw a ball 65 mph over the middle of the plate and you’re used to seeing 95+ miles per hour, I think it can be very difficult,” said Moore. “It’s a testament to the level of focus these kids brought to the plate tonight, even when the game was out of hand.”

After dropping their first two games of the season to Richmond, Bowie has gone 5-2 in its past seven games. They have averaged 8.7 runs scored per game over that stretch.

“The momentum comes from knowing what you’re capable of with two outs and two strikes vs. a good pitching staff,” said Moore. “I hope the momentum carries us into never really believing we’re out of an at-bat.”

Nick Trujillo is an contributor for MiLB.com.