Aeros drop finale in Bowie 3-2
Akron ends road trip on sour note
BOWIE – The Akron Aeros dropped the finale of a seven-game road trip with a 3-2 loss to the Bowie Baysox on Wednesday morning.
Toru Murata (4-5, 3.78) dealt five scoreless innings for the Aeros before the Baysox finally ignited some offense.
Meanwhile, the Aeros scored immediately on Bowie starter Tyler Wilson (5-1, 2.42). Shortstop Francisco Lindor led off the game with a single, and with one out, left fielder Cedric Hunter homered deep to right, giving Akron the early 2-0 advantage.
The Baysox tied the game in the sixth inning as they also used the long ball to score. Right fielder Trayvon Robinson doubled to right before left fielder Caleb Joseph sent his 17th home run of the season to left-center to level the score at 2-2. That was all that Murata accounted for as the sixth inning was his last, sealing his line at six innings pitched, surrendering two runs on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Reliever Shawn Armstrong entered the game to start the seventh for the Aeros, where the Baysox grabbed the lead. Second baseman Josh Horton drew a one-out walk and center fielder Kyle Hudson laced a two-out single. Cue Robinson, who struck again as he dropped a soft single into center to score Horton, giving the Baysox the 3-2 lead.
That was all the Bowie bullpen needed as reliever Clay Schrader (4-2, 4.54) picked up the win. Wilson’s final line posted at 6.2 innings, yielding two runs on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Oliver Drake picked up his fifth save of the season as he tossed two scoreless innings to close the game, preserving Bowie with the 3-2 win.
Wednesday’s loss dropped the Aeros to 51-53 on the year, placing them fourth in the Eastern League Western Division standings.
Next, the Aeros return home for a brief, four-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Matt Packer (9-5, 2.58) will receive Thursday’s start for the Aeros against Richmond righty Taylor Rogers (5-6, 5.65).
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.