Early errors, runs costly In Aeros’ 8-2 loss
Bowie, MD – After winning four games in a row, the Akron Aeros’ winning streak came to an abrupt halt as they were defeated by the Bowie Baysox 8-2 on Tuesday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. The Baysox started out strong and with the help of a few errors, did not give up their lead.
Left fielder Kyle Hudson of the Baysox led off the first inning with a single and advanced to third base on a missed catch error by shortstop Fransisco Lindor. Hudson would cross home plate on a fielding error from centerfielder Cedric Hunter, which also scored centerfielder Trayvon Robinson.
Designated hitter Seth Loman was next up to bat and he would hit an RBI single to score first baseman Christian Walker. At the end of a very brutal first inning, the Aeros had given up three runs and two errors.
In the bottom of the third inning, Hudson would score again, this time on a sacrifice fly from catcher Caleb Joseph. This was Joseph’s team-leading 74th RBI of the year and the Baysox led 4-0 at the end of three innings.
However in the top of the fourth, the Aeros’ offense came to life. Left fielder Matt Lawson hit a one-out RBI single to score first baseman Jesus Aguilar (Lawson’s l2th RBI in Akron) and third baseman Kyle Bellows would follow up with a sacrifice fly to score right fielder Carlos Moncrief for Bellows’ 13th of the year.
Bowie’s hitters continued to be ruthless to Aeros’ starter Paolo Espino, scoring twice more in the bottom half of the inning. With one out and the bases loaded, Hudson was back and smacked a two-run RBI single to score Loman and second baseman Josh Horton.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Baysox caused even more pain for Espino and the Aeros as Loman hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Joseph. Third baseman Brandon Waring was next up and hit an RBI double to score Walker. After these runs, Paolo Espino was relieved by Enosil Tejeda.
Waring and Loman have 42 and 20 RBIs in 2013, respectively. At the end of the fifth, the Baysox led 8-2, which would be the final score.
Paolo Espino suffered one of his most difficult losses of the season by allowing eight runs and 10 hits in his 4 1/3 innings pitched. He received the loss and his record now stands at 2-4 for the year.
Although the Aeros’ bullpen trio of Tejeda, Rob Bryson, and Jose Flores would fare much better, allowing no runs or hits between the three of them, it would not be enough to stop the Aeros from being blown out on Tuesday.
Eduardo Rodriguez started for the Baysox and had a much better performance, going for six full innings and giving up only two runs and three hits. In total, Bowie’s pitching and defense held the Aeros to only fourth hits during the entire game.
Rodriguez earned the win-his first of the year-and improved his record to 1-2.
The two costly errors the Aeros gave up in the first inning were a rarity, as the Aeros have not had much difficulty throughout the year in allowing many errors that lead to runs.
One bright spot for the Aeros was the always-reliable Carlos Moncrief who went 2-4 with one run. His batting average stands at a very solid .311 for the season.
After his best game yet with the Aeros, Lindor was much quieter on Tuesday night as he went 0-1 with two walks and was hit by a pitch.
Bowie’s big star of the night was their lead-off man, Hudson, who went 3-5 with two RBI.
The Aeros once again drop below .500 with a record of 51-52 and the Baysox improve to 52-50. With this loss, the Baysox gain a game on the Aeros and lead them by 1.5 games for third place in the Western Division while the Aeros trail first place Harrisburg by 4.5 games.
The Aeros and Baysox play for the final time of the season in a rubber match on Wednesday morning at Prince George’s Stadium. The scheduled pitchers are Toru Murata for the Aeros and Tyler Wilson for the Baysox.
The first pitch is set for 11:05 am.