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Lindor puts Aeros ahead late in Bowie for win

Clutch RBI double in ninth delivers Akron fourth straght win

Lindor puts Aeros ahead late in Bowie for win
July 22, 2013
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Bowie, MD – The young phenomenon Francisco Lindor continues to make a splash in Akron as he provides the game-winning hit in the ninth inning as the Akron Aeros defeat the Bowie Baysox 4-2 on Monday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland.

The Aeros have a record of 5-2 since Lindor’s arrival on July 16, including four straight on the road against the top two teams in the Western Division.  After a successful tenure with the Class-A Carolina Mudcats, Lindor continues to thrive with strong hitting.

This win for the Aeros did not come easy.  The Baysox were first to score as Kyle Hudson led off with a single and was driven in by an RBI double from Trayvon Robinson, his eighth of the season.

The Aeros were quick to respond in the top of the second with a leadoff double from Carlos Moncrief, who scored on a single from Jake Lowery, which was Lowery’s 20th RBI for the Aeros.

In the next inning, the Aeros would take the lead as Lindor led off with a walk and scored on a 1-out RBI double from Jesus Aguilar, who has a team high of 77 RBI in 2013.

Akron would not hold the lead for long as the Baysox scored in the bottom of the fourth when Niuman Romero scored on a sacrifice fly from Seth Loman, and at the end of the fourth, the score stood at a 2-2 tie.

Neither team could gain an advantage until an unusual series of events in the top of the ninth inning.

With two outs in the top of the ninth and nobody on base, Matt Lawson, the designated hitter, reached first base on a fielding error from third baseman Brandon Waring.  Next up to the plate was the new addition Fransisco Lindor who smacked a massive double down the left field line to score Lawson and advanced to third base on another error, Bowie’s second of the inning.

Lindor scored himself on a balk, extending the Aeros’ lead to 4-2, proving to be a crucial play for Akron and costly for the Baysox.  Trey Haley retired the Baysox in order in the bottom of the ninth and to solidify the win and earned his fifth save of the season.

The Aeros’ big star of the night was Fransisco Lindor, who went 3-4 with 1 RBI in the ninth inning.  Since he joined the ball club one week before, he is hitting an astounding .458 with three RBI in just 24 at-bats.  Lindor is living up to the hype by proving to be a major hitting force in the Aeros’ lineup.

Besides Lindor’s performance, another contribution to the Aeros’ win was their relief pitching, a factor that is usually lacking in close-game situations. Jeff Johnson relieved starter Will Roberts in the sixth inning and pitched a perfect inning and a third. Austin Adams pitched a scoreless eighth inning, which earned him the win, and his record stands at 1-1.

The Baysox also had a solid bullpen until only one out remained. Reliever Andy Loomis retired the first two Aeros in the ninth, but then allowed two straight runs, which turned out to be the difference for Akron.  Loomis was given the loss and now has a record of 0-2.

On the starting side, Will Roberts had a decent outing, giving up eight hits and two earned runs while striking out four in five and two-thirds innings pitched.  Devin Jones of the Baysox did well also, allowing two runs with six hits in four complete innings.

The Aeros’ strong hitting also came from reliable hitter Carlos Moncrief, who went 1-2 with a double that led to a run in the second.  Moncrief is hitting .309 this season, including .366 in the month of July.

With Monday night’s victory, the Aeros reach .500 once again with a record of 51-51 and gain a game on the second place Baysox, who have a record of 51-50, and currently trail them by half a game and the first place Harrisburg Senators by three and a half games.

The Aeros are on a 4-game winning streak and hope that their good fortunes continue as they continue their series with the Baysox on Tuesday night.

The first pitch at Prince George’s Stadium is set for 7:05 pm.

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