Urshela, Arias power RubberDucks to 3-1 victory against Bowie
BOWIE, Md. – Fresh off of a come-from-behind win against the Baysox on Friday, the Akron RubberDucks (9-7) took care of business Saturday afternoon for a 3-1 victory against Bowie (8-8).
Making good use of the long ball, the RubberDucks' bats were the difference in an otherwise pitcher-dominated game.
Bashing his third home run of the season, Giovanny Urshelacontinued his red-hot streak as he has collected at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games.
After posting a disappointing 2013 season for Akron, Urshela said he added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason and so far it is showing.
As of Saturday, Urshela is leading the RubberDucks in home runs (three), RBIs (12), runs (nine) and is second on the team with a .309 batting average behind Bryson Myles (.366).
Urshela's second-inning home run off Matt Bischoff, who the RubberDucks have beat twice this season already, gave Akron and starter Gabriel Arias a lead to work with.
Arias, who ended up with a quality start, kept Bowie's high-power offense off the board for as long as he could. Finally in the fourth, Baysox first baseman Christian Walker took Arias deep to tie the game at 1-1.
One pitch was Arias' only mistake all game long as the Akron offense rewarded him in the top half of the sixth.
To start the inning, Bowie took Bischoff out of the game in favor of reliever Jason Gurka to face Alex Lavisky. Wasting no time to jump on Gurka, Lavisky parked a pitch over the left-field wall to give Akron a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Akron wasn't done scoring in the inning, though, as Tyler Naquin was hit by Gurka a batter later. Two batters later,Joe Wendle knocked home Naquin from second to extend the RubberDucks' lead to 3-1.
Exiting the game in the seventh, Arias left the lead and the game in reliever Duke von Schamann's hands. Von Schamann, who has been nearly untouchable this season, shut down the Baysox, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out four over three innings of work.
Von Schamann made manager David Wallace's life more difficult as he has now worked his way into the RubberDucks' closing vacancy. In 11.0 innings pitched this season, von Schamann has given up just two runs and struck out 11 batters.
Before the game could end things got a bit out of hand for Akron. Normally tame and easy-going, Bryson Myles was tossed from the game in the top half of the ninth for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Alex Tosi.
Myles was replaced defensively by Tyler Holt who finished out the game in left field.
The RubberDucks willare scheduled to have an off day Sunday to travel to Trenton, N. J., to take on the Thunder (9-6).
After tearing it up on the base paths the last few days, Francisco Lindor had a quiet 0-3 day Saturday after collecting three hits on Friday.