Baysox get by Aeros, 4-2
AKRON - Akron left-hander T.J. McFarland struggled to throw strikes and Aeros hitters failed to advance runners Tuesday night at Canal Park, as the home team fell to the Bowie Baysox 4-2.
Bowie right fielder Buck Britton opened the game with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Akron shortstop Juan Diaz. After a ground out to third, Britton scored the game’s first run after a McFarland wild pitch.
McFarland labored through the first inning, throwing 32 pitches (16 strikes). He followed the first with a 1-2-3 second inning. After allowing a one-out single in the third, McFarland induced an inning-ending double play. He retired the side in order again in the fourth.
Left fielder Jared Goedert opened the bottom of the fourth with a double to left. He advanced to third on a single by first baseman Chun Chen. Goedert scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Adam Abraham, making the score 1-1.
“[Goedert]’s had a very solid approach from the beginning of the season,” said Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie. “It’s not surprising to me at all. He’s a very good hitter, he kind of knows himself, and has very solid at-bats.”
In the top of the fifth, McFarland ran into trouble as his pitch count continued to climb.
Following a ground out to begin the inning, McFarland gave up a double to deep center field. He would strike out the next batter before walking Britton. Following the walk, Tremie called in Bryan Price from the bullpen.
“[McFarland] still threw a good ball game,” said Tremie. “His pitch count kind of got up because he struggled a little bit with his command with his fastball.
“He still gutted it out and and even when he didn’t have his best stuff he kept us in the game.”
On his first pitch of the game, Price gave up a two-run triple to Bowie center fielder L.J. Hoes, one of the top prospects in the Orioles organization. The triple made the score 3-1, and closed the book on McFarland. For the night, McFarland allowed three runs on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. He made 89 pitches (50 strikes) in four and two-thirds innings.
After a walk, Price threw a wild pitch allowing Hoes to score from third. Following another wild pitch, he got out of the inning with a fly out to center fielder Tim Fedroff.
Price pitched two and one-third innings of relief after McFarland’s exit, allowing one run on three hits, two walks, and one strikeout. He was able to work out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to keep the Aeros in the game.
“I think Bryan came in today and he did a nice job out of the bullpen,” said Tremie. “He left one ball up, the first pitch up and ended up giving up the two runs that were on base. After that he did a nice job of throwing the ball.”
Bowie starter Jacob Pettit kept the Akron lineup in check for six innings, allowing just one run while spreading around five hits and a walk.
The Aeros were able to pull a run closer in the seventh against reliever Robert Hinton.
Chen opened the inning with a single. Abraham reached on a fielding error by Baysox shortstop Manny Machado that allowed Chen to advance to third. The next batter, second baseman Ryan Rohlinger, hit into a double play, but Chen scored on the play, making it 4-2.
Akron batters went in order in the eighth and ninth innings, as the Bowie bullpen continued to keep the the Aeros from stringing anything together.
Akron will finish the first home stand of the year tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. as right-hander Steven Wright looks for his second win of the season against Baysox southpaw Cole McCurry.
Notes: Announced attendance: 972. ... Jared Goedert has hit in eight straight games. ... Chun Chen has five hits in the Bowie series.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.