Baysox drop series to Akron, fall below .500: Weekly Recap

Bowie just finished their second series of the season, and while this team is incredibly fun to watch, you can see the youth. The Baysox won just two games this series against Akron, but they put up a major fight in every game.

The team played decently well, having a run differential of -3 versus Akron (21-24). It mostly came down to putting young players in very difficult comeback situations.

While it was unfortunate to see, three offensive players and one pitcher showed out in the series, and one of them had a series like no other. Let’s review.

Garrett Stallings – RHP

Since we have more offensive players this week, let’s start with the pitcher that had an incredible series.

Garrett Stallings started two of the six games, and while he did have two no decisions, he went 10 innings, gave up six total hits, two earned runs and struck out seven. This was the first time we saw Stallings in the 2023 season, and he looked dominant.

César Prieto – INF

César Prieto once again makes his way on the Bowie recap after grabbing the first offensive MVP of the series last week. Prieto did not have the same type of series as he did last week, but the Cuban native still had a solid series.

Prieto slashed .320/.370/.480 with an .850 OPS in all six games. He had eight total hits, two runs, two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, plus a stolen base. He continues a season where his average moves to a .359 clip, and he already has 14 hits on the season.

John Rhodes – OF

John Rhodes could have been the offensive MVP of the series. Rhodes was one of two players to have an OPS over 1.000, and he had a team-high seven RBIs, which accounted for a little more than 25% of the team’s RBIs for the series.

Rhodes also had a .353 average, six total hits and three doubles. He now has a .276 average on the season and upped his RBI total to 10.

Heston Kjerstad – OF/1B

Heston Kjerstad had a typical Heston Kjerstad series, and we saw how insane his bat really is.

Kjerstad had a .348 average, 1.488 OPS, team-highs in runs (6), hits (8), home runs (4) and stolen bases (2). Kjerstad continues his incredibly hot start to his first ever Double-A experience, and I wouldn’t expect him there for too much longer if he keeps this up.

The Baysox now have a 4-5 record and will travel to face the Altoona Curve starting Tuesday, April 18, with a 6:05 p.m. EST start time.

Who stood out to you for Bowie this week? Let us know in the comments below! Make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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