Game Recaps 6/23
AKRON, OH – Brandon Pinckney drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly as the Aeros once again overcame a huge deficit to win 11-10 in 10 innings before 2,995 fans at Canal Park Monday night. The Aeros improved to 46-28 and the Baysox fell to 41-34.
Bowie put up four runs (all with two outs) in the top of the first off Akron starter Scott Lewis, but the Aeros plated three runs while batting around in the third inning to get back in the game. With one down, Jose Constanza singled and moved to third on a hit-and-run knock by Trevor Crowe. Josh Rodriguez and Bronson Sardinha then followed with RBI singles to make it 4-2, and Stephen Head laced a bases-loaded RBI hit to right to cut the lead to one.
The Baysox, though, pounded out five runs in the fourth to take a 9-3 lead. Three consecutive singles to lead off the inning scored one run, and with one down and the bases loaded, reliever Reid Santos walked two straight hitters before Jeff Nettles belted a two-run double to cap the inning. Akron responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to cut the margin to 9-5, and the clubs traded runs in the sixth as the Baysox led 10-6 going into the seventh.
The Aeros cut deeper into the lead with three runs in the eighth inning. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one away for Hodges, and he blooped a two-run single down the right field line to draw Akron within two runs at 10-8. Stephen Head then followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 10-9 heading into the ninth.
Bowie went in order against Scott Roehl in the top of the ninth, and Baysox closer Julio Manon had the Aeros down to their final strike before Constanza worked a clutch two-out walk to keep Akron alive. Crowe then sliced a double into the left-field gap, and with manager Mike Sarbaugh waving him home, the speedy Constanza motored around third and slid in safely to tie the game.
Matt Whitney started the winning rally with another walk, this one coming with one away in the bottom of the 10th. Brandon Chaves pinch-ran for Whitney and immediately made an impact, swiping second and third base off a rattled Manon. The Baysox intentionally passed Wyatt Toregas to set up a potential double play, but Pinckney foiled the strategy with his line-drive sacrifice fly to left, as Chaves slid home head-first for the winning run.
Newsom (5-0) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless tenth inning, and Roehl was magnificent in pitching 3.1 innings of one-hit relief to keep the Aeros in the ballgame. Manon (1-4) blew his fifth save of the season and took the loss, going two innings and allowing two runs on one hit while walking five. Lewis was charged with eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. Crowe, the reigning Eastern League Player of the Week, finished 4-6 with two RBI and a pair of runs while extending his hitting streak to seven games. Sardinha reached base five times on the strength of two hits and three walks, Hodges and Head both went 2-5, and Constanza scored three runs from the ninth spot in the order.
The Aeros continue this homestand with a doubleheader Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. The Aeros will send Steven Wright (1-0, 1.59 ERA) to the hill against Bowie’s Jason Berken (4-3, 4.68 ERA) in game one, while starters for game two have not been announced. It is a Two-for-Tuesday at Canal Park, with two-for-one deals on tickets and select concessions all night long. The game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.
CAPTAINS FALL TO SHOREBIRDS 3-1
(Eastlake, OH) – The Delmarva Shorebirds pitching proved to be too much for the Lake County Captains on Monday night as they beat the Captains 3-1. The Captains were held to just two hits and saw their second half record drop to 2-3.
The Shorebirds scored a run in the first inning against Captains starter Jonathan Holt on an RBI single by Anthony Martinez. A bases loaded double play ball prevented any further damage and it was 1-0. The Captains scored in the bottom of the first against Shorebirds starter Nate Nery when Matt Brown hit a sacrifice fly that scored Adam White and it was tied at 1-1. The Shorebirds took a 2-1 lead in the second when Matt Angle scored on a wild pitch.
The lead went to 3-1 when Jason White hit a sacrifice fly off of reliever John Gaub to score Pedro Florimon.
Holt took the loss to see his record drop to 2-5 as he went three innings giving up two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out three. Joanniel Montero followed Holt in the fourth inning and threw three scoreless innings. Gaub came on in the seventh inning and pitched two innings giving up the one run. Gary Campfield pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Captains. Nery picked up his first of the year to even his mark at 1-1. Mick Mattaliano pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Shorebird to pick up his 16th save.
The series continues on Tuesday at 7:05 PM with the Captains sending RHP Chris Archer (2-7, 4.21) to the mound against the Shorebirds RHP Robert Neigebauer (0-0, 2.00). The game can also be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.