Game Recaps 5/4
BOWIE, MD – Wes Hodges homered and drove in four Akron runs but a ninth inning rally fell just short as Bowie triumphed 8-5 before 3,619 fans at Prince George’s Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Baysox improved to 17-13 while the Aeros slipped to 12-17.
The Aeros were quickly down 2-0 in the contest, but Wes Hodges changed that, giving the Aeros a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the fourth. Bowie didn’t stay behind long, getting all three runs back in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 5-3.
The score remained 5-3 until Bowie tacked on a run in the seventh. The Aeros struck back in their half of the eighth, getting a run back thanks to back to back hits from Josh Rodriguez and Chris Gimenez. Rodriguez scored on a single by Wes Hodges, as he collected his fourth RBI of the day. However, Aeros’ pitcher Seung-Wei Tseng gave up another run in the eighth, making it 8-5 heading into the final frame. The Aeros had the tying runs on in the ninth but couldn’t get the winning runs in. The loss completed a three game weekend sweep for Bowie, the first time the Aeros have been swept since a July series against Erie last season.
Felix Romero (1-0) got the win for Bowie thanks to 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Ryan Edell (1-3) struggled through is own 3.1 innings, giving up five runs (all earned) and nine hits. Julio Manon notched his ninth save of the year.
The Aeros open a seven game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Monday night against Altoona. The game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.
CAPTAINS SPLIT WITH KANNAPOLIS
(Eastlake, OH) – It was a tale of two games as the Lake County Captains split a doubleheader with the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday. The Captains dropped game one 1-0, but picked up the offense in game two winning 6-5. Mike Pontius picked up his first win of the year in game two and kept his scoreless streak alive at 21.1 innings on the season. Doug Pickens delivered the clutch game winning hit in the second game.
Game one was a pitchers duel. The Intimidators scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning against Captains starter Kelvin De La Cruz. With one out, Dale Mollenhauer tripled to left field. Two batters later he would score on a sacrifice fly by Sergio Morales. De La Cruz would go 5.2 innings giving up just the one run on six hits, striking out six. His record fell to 1-2. Intimidator’s starter Johnnie Lowe went six scoreless inning scattering two hits and picked up his second win. Levi Maxwell pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save.
Game two saw the Captains strike first in the first inning. The Captains would load the bases with on a single by Adam White, a single by Jeff Hehr and a walk to Chris Nash. With two out, White would score on a wild pitch from Intimidators starter Charlie Shirek. The lead did not last long as the Intimidators scored two runs in the second off of Captains starter Ryan Morris. Jose Martinez doubled in a run and Morales had another sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. The Captains recaptured the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the second on a two run home run by Lucas Montero. It was Montero’s first homer of the year.
Kannapolis battled back to take the lead 4-3 with two runs in the third inning on RBI’s by Andrew Mead and Christian Marerro. They added another run in the fourth inning when Morris uncorked a wild pitch that scored Martinez from third base to make it 5-3. The Captains went ahead for good in the fifth inning off of reliever Santo Luis. The Captains loaded the bases with no outs. Chris Nash hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-4. Two batters later Doug Pickens delivered a two RBI single to put the Captains up 6-5.
The series continues on Monday with Game time at 7:05 PM. The Captains send RHP Chris Archer to the mound (1-2, 2.11) against the Intimidators RHP Nathan Jones (0-2, 6.99). There is a second double header between these two teams on Tuesday that will begin at 5:05 PM.