Pitching falters again as Aeros fall 7-6
Paredes' struggles mar offensive explosion in sixth
BOWIE, MD -- A terrible illness seems to be seeping down from the big league club and infecting the pitchers on the Akron Aeros' staff.
Akron fell to the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium 7-6 after the team gave up seven runs for the second consecutive night. The Aeros have allowed 50 runs in nine games on the season -- a shocking 5.56 runs per game -- the key reason for their slow 3-6 start.
Left-handed reliever Edward Paredes was the main culprit Saturday, as he allowed four runs on four hits (one home run) while only recording two outs. Paredes dominated in his first three outings -- only allowing three hits, no runs, and no walks in five innings while striking out eight -- but Bowie simply had his number.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez was very complimentary of Paredes before the team headed out on this road trip, noting how he could be of use higher up in the organization before long. One bad night does not change that, though Paredes will need to get back on his feet his next time out.
Paredes' implosion overshadowed a productive night from Akron's bats, one that was capped by a five-run sixth inning. After two quick outs to start the inning, second baseman Matt Lawson and designated hitter Chun Chen singled and walked respectively to spark the rally.
Both Lawson and Chen stole bases to put them both in scoring position, allowing first baseman Jesus Aguilar to drive them both in with a single back up the middle.
Latimore, who also doubled later in the game, went 3-for-3 last night with two runs and three RBI, the only Aeros to have more than one hit. The outfielder brought his line up to .346/.393/.615 with the effort, a strong start for the newcomer to the organization.
He is not a high priority prospect and his plate discipline still needs work (7:1 SO:BB in 28 plate appearances), but the 24-year-old is an intriguing piece to have in the Double-A outfield.
Right-hander Paolo Espino got the start for Akron, putting up a fairly middle-of-the-road start. Espino made it through 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (all earned), three walks, three strikeouts, and one home run.
This follows the right-hander's first outing of the year on Sunday, when he only made it through four innings. Espino has not been particularly impressive in the early going, though the 26-year-old will likely round into form before too long.
Right-handers Shawn Armstrong and Fabio Martinez pitched scoreless innings to keep Akron within reach late in the game. This was Martinez's first scoreless inning on the year, dropping his ERA to 33.75. After all, every journey starts with a single step.
Attendance: 5,542... Time of Game: 3:11... Game time temperature: 63 degrees...
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