Aeros Capture Extra-Inning Win over Baysox
Bowie, MD – Akron’s Chun Chen drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning Friday night, forcing in the go-ahead run, and setting the stage for a 10-7 victory over the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium.
Chen was 2-4, with three RBI in the game, and raised his average to .320. He belted a two-run double off the wall in left field in the seventh, part of a five run Aeros rally.
But it was his plate appearance in the 10th that snapped a 7-7 tie. With the bases loaded and two outs, Chen drew a four-pitch walk from Tom Boleska (0-1) to force in Alex Lavisky with the go-ahead run.
Jesus Aguilar followed with a two-run single to make it 10-7. Chen was caught in a rundown between second and third on the play, but stayed alive until both runs had safely crossed the plate. Aguilar also had three RBI, increasing his team-leading total to 11.
Righthander Jose Flores (1-0) worked the final two innings to pick up his first AA win. He worked around a pair of Bowie singles in the bottom of the 10th by getting a ground ball double play off the bat of Ty Kelly to end the game. Last Saturday against Binghamton, Flores also notched his first AA save.
Akron erased a 3-2 deficit by batting around and scoring five times in the seventh. Tyler Holt, Jose Ramirez and Aguilar each delivered two-out, RBI singles, and Chen chipped in with his two-run double off Sean Gleason to make it 7-3.
Bowie (4-5) came right back in the bottom of the seventh and rallied for four runs to tie it, 7-7, against Aeros relievers Kyle Landis and Eric Berger.
Ronnie Rodriguez had a two-run home run in the second inning, his first of the season, off Bowie starter Devin Jones.
Lefty Matt Packer started for the Aeros and was brilliant through the first five innings, holding the Baysox to just two hits. In the sixth, however, he allowed three hits, including a deep fly to right by Buck Britton that eluded Carlos Moncrief for a two-run double. Packer left after that hit, working 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on five hits.
The Aeros (3-5) have split their first two games against the Sox, who entered Friday’s game as the highest-scoring and top-hitting team in the EL.
The Aeros and Baysox will play game three of the series on Saturday night at 6:35. RHP Eddie Gamboa (0-0, 0.00) will start for Bowie, while RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, 4.50) will make his second start for Akron.