Aeros take series, down Baysox 4-2
Bowie, MD – The Akron Aeros won the third and final game of their series with the Bowie Baysox behind some big-time hitting from first baseman Adam Abraham, who drove in three runs to pace Akron in a 4-2 win Monday afternoon at Prince George’s Stadium.
The Aeros (52-38) took the series 2-1, and won in large part thanks to a three run scoring outburst in the second inning. Abraham had a two-run single scoring Nick Weglarz and Juan Diaz to put the Aeros on the board. Abraham came around to score on an RBI single from Davis Stoneburner, and Akron had a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Akron added an insurance run in the fourth inning courtesy of an Abraham home run.
Bowie (43-46) got a home run from their own first baseman in the fourth inning when Rhyne Hughes hit his fifth of the year. The Baysox added another run on a Zelous Wheeler sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 in the sixth inning, but couldn’t manage another score the rest of the game.
Bowie out-hit Akron 8-6, but left ten runners on base. Baysox designated hitter Nick Markakis, a rehabbing Oriole, was held hitless in three at-bats before being replaced in the ninth inning.
Paolo Espino (4-2) got the win for Akron, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. The bullpen did a wonderful job managing a close game, as Tyler Sturdevant, Loek van Mil, and Preston Guilmet came on after Espino and surrendered just two hits and did not allow a run in four combined innings. Guilmet, who pitched a perfect ninth inning, earned his 12th save of the year .
Baysox starter Chris Tillman (0-1) took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out two. Tillman’s most recent outing was a gem for the Baltimore Orioles, going 8 1/3 innings while striking out seven and allowing no earned runs against the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore optioned Tillman to Bowie so he would be able to remain on his regular pitching schedule during the All-Star Break.
The Aeros will be off on Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th as the Eastern League All-Star Game is played. Aeros players Chun Chen, Kyle Landis, Thomas Neal, and Steven Wright will be part of the Western Division team. Akron will return to action as they start a seven-game homestand that will begin with a four-game set against Altoona on Thursday at 7:05. LHP T.J. House (5-2, 4.25) will start for the Aeros.