Maybe you’ve been a bit distracted by the pennant race here in Baltimore, but down on the farm the Bowie Baysox are up two games to none over the Akron Aeros in the Eastern League Divisional Playoffs. Top prospect Dylan Bundy earned the win in game one, pitching six innings of one run ball and striking out seven in what has been referred to as his best performance at the Double-A level.
I watched Bundy pitch on Wednesday and was very impressed with his ability to locate a 95-96 MPH fastball and then buckle the knees of a hitter with a change up at 86-88 or a curve ball at 75-76.
Bowie rallied late in game two to edge the Aeros 7-5 on Thursday.
In a bit of a surprising move, the Orioles promoted 2012 top draft pick Kevin Gausman to Double-A to pitch for the Baysox in the postseason. I had originally thought that Gausman would be used out of the bullpen, as he hasn’t pitch more than three innings in appearances at Low-A and High-A, but I was wrong.
According to MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski, Gausman will start tonight in what could be the deciding game for Bowie. Gausman pitched six total innings in Aberdeen and nine in Frederick. He’s recorded a 3.60 ERA combined at both levels.
Game three is in Akron and Gausman has the chance to lead Bowie to victory in their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Shameless plug: We chatted with Baysox play-by-play voice Ben Gordon-Goldstein about the series this week on The BSR Podcast.