Game Recaps 6/24
AKRON, OH – The Baysox allowed just one run in two games, sweeping a doubleheader from the Aeros by scores of 5-0 and 7-1 before 4,160 fans at Canal Park Tuesday night. Akron fell to 46-30 and Bowie improved to 43-34 to move within 3.5 games of the Aeros for first place in the Southern Division.
Bowie starter Jason Berken sliced and diced his way through a hot Aeros lineup and cruised to a seven-inning, two-hit shutout in game one. The right-hander faced the minimum through four innings, and did not allow a hit until Jose Constanza knocked out a solid single to right with one out in the fifth. Bronson Sardinha’s infield single in the seventh accounted for the only other hit for Akron, and only one runner reached second base.
The Baysox tallied a pair of runs in the first and third innings off Akron starter Steven Wright. An RBI double by Jeff Nettles in the first and a run-scoring error plated the first two runs, and Mike Rodriguez drove in the third-inning runs on a triple into the right-field corner. Ryan Finan added the final tally on a leadoff homer to right field in the fourth.
Berken (5-3) earned the win, walking two and striking out seven in his seven innings. Wright (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits, while walking none and striking out five in five innings. Erik Stiller and T.J. Burton each tossed scoreless innings in relief, and Constanza extended his hitting streak to eight games. Trevor Crowe’s hitting streak was halted at seven games.
The Baysox put up the first six runs in game two off Aeros starter Jim Deters, making his first start in Akron after appearing in 20 games (three starts) for Kinston. Bowie scored once in the first, twice in the second, and thrice in the third for the 6-0 lead. The Aeros put up their first run of the day in the fourth inning of game two. Wes Hodges drew a walk to lead off and moved to second on a groundout, and Nathan Panther then drew the second walk of the inning before Damaso Espino slapped a single to right to score Hodges and get Akron on the board. Bowie added another run in the fifth, the result of a fielding error by Hodges and a sacrifice fly by Nettles, and kept Akron at bay as the Aeros ended the fifth and sixth innings with bases-loaded strikeouts.
Adam Loewen (1-0) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless fifth inning in relief. Bowie starter Rommie Lewis went 3.2 innings, allowing a run on three hits, while walking three and striking out one. Deters (0-1) took the loss, surrendering six runs on 12 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Pinckney and Espino each had two hits and Espino’s RBI drove in the only run of the night for the Aeros. Constanza’s hitting streak ended at eight games.
The Aeros continue this homestand with Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Akron’s Frank Herrmann (7-3, 5.00 ERA) will face off against Bowie’s Brad Bergesen (7-2, 2.11 ERA). It is a Family Fun Pack Day with four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips, four sodas. The game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on SportsRadio 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com.
CAPTAINS GIVE ONE AWAY, 7-5
(Eastlake, OH) – Lucas Montero hit a grand slam home run but it wasn’t enough as the Lake County Captains were defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-5 on Tuesday. The Shorebirds scored four unearned runs off Captains closer Vinnie Pestano in the top of the ninth inning. On the night, six of the Shorebirds runs were unearned. This was the first loss for Pestano this year.
The Shorebirds scored two unearned runs off Captains starter Chris Archer in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Joe Nowicki and a RBI fielder’s choice hit by Ryan Adams to take a 2-0 lead. The Captains took the lead in the bottom of the third inning off Birds starter Robert Neigebauer on the grand slam by Montero and added another run in the inning on an RBI by Karexon Sanchez to take a 5-2 lead.
The Shorebirds inched closer in the seventh off of Captains reliever Dallas Cawiezell when Tyler Henson doubled home Matt Angle to cut the lead to 5-3. The Shorebirds then took the lead in the ninth inning scoring four runs on RBI’s by Tyler Henson, Joe Nowicki and Joe Mahoney and it was 7-5.
Archer did not factor and went five innings giving up two unearned runs on three hits, walking one and striking out five. Cawiezell followed Archer in the sixth inning and gave up a run in two innings of work. Kyle Landis pitched the eighth inning and worked out of a jam where there were Shorebirds runners at second and third and no one out and but they could not score.
Aubrey Miller threw four shutout innings in relief to pick up his first win. His record is now 1-3. Mick Mattaliano pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his second save in as many nights and record his 17th of the year.
The three game series concludes on Wednesday at 7:05 PM with the Captains sending LHP Ryan Morris (6-1, 2.70) to the mound against the Shorebirds LHP Zach Britton (6-5, 2.95). The Lakewood BlueClaws will come to town for a brief two game series starting on Thursday. All Captains games can be heard on AM 1330 WELW, WELW.COM or CAPTAINSBASEBALL.COM.
In Other Games....
- Buffalo wins 3-1. Ho hum. Cabrera with another 3 hits going 3-for-4....for those scoring at home that is three straight three hit games for him. He is now 26-57 (.456) at the plate in 14 games at Buffalo with an OPS around 1.100. Oh, and Jeff Stevens with another save. 5-for-5 in the role, and now a 2.25 ERA in Buffalo and .122 BAA. In total, he now has 57 Ks in 40.2 combined innings at Buf/Akr (12.6 K/9).
- Mahoning Valley wins 5-2. Kami Mead with a great second outing, going 5 shutout innings and allowing 5 hits and 0 walks while striking out 5. Velasquez 3-for-5 with a 2B and RBI, Simpson 2-for-4, an d Jason Rodriguez 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.
- GCL Indians win 6-2. Danny Salazar was awesome, going 5 shutout innings allowing 4 hits, 1 walk and striking out 6. He was a guy I really, really was impressed with in spring training. Only 18, and a little guy, but great composure and gets it in there. Walter Diaz hitting well.....2 more hits and hitting .429 early on. With guys like Thompson and Willard struggling in Lake Co, he could be a guy who moves up since he is a college guy. Abraham 3-for-4 with a 2B and 2 RBI.