Aeros pitching falters in 8-2 loss
AKRON- A three game win streak came to an end at Canal Park Friday night. The Akron Aeros were unable to hold the Bowie Baysox offense, losing 8-2.
Pitching revealed itself as the Achilles heel for the Aeros during the first game of the series against Bowie. Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer took the mound for Akron in the first inning pitching well, allowing no hits.
The Baysox offense hit stride in the second inning taking advantage of Packer who allowed four hits and three runs. After a rough inning Packer allowed Bowie one more run, before pitching two scoreless innings. The starting pitcher ended the night burdened with the loss.
Cole Cook relieved Packer in the sixth inning, earning a strikeout and kept the Bowie offense at bay. Cook fell into old habits struggling in the seventh walking two batters (one intentionally), and allowing the Baysox to tack on three more runs. Cook has struggled in Double-A this year, sitting at a 9.98 ERA.
Kyle Landis tried his luck against the Bowie batters, but ultimately was unsuccessful. Landis allowed three hits and one more run increasing Bowies lead.
Trey Haley emerged as the shining light for Akron’s bullpen closing the game in the ninth, holding the Baysox to their already large lead.
Akron’s offense worked to keep up with Bowie during the first half of the game. Left fielder Quincy Latimore sent a line drive double to left field for his only hit of the night. Third baseman Kyle Bellows followed with an RBI single to left field, putting Akron on the board 3-1.
After Bowie pushed their lead in the third to 4-1, the Aeros offense attempted to close the gap again. Young third baseman Giovanny Urshela hit a double to start the inning off. Tyler Holt, a promising center field prospect for the Indians, followed with a single. The newest addition to Akron’s outfield Bo Greenwell racked up his third RBI since joining the Aeros roster, sending Urshela home bringing the score to 4-2.
Unfortunately, Akron was held scoreless the next six innings and the offense was unable to overcome the struggles of the pitchers.
The loss drops Akron in the standings into a fourth place tie with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Akron has recently been able to distance themselves from the Altoona Curve after being tied for last for a portion of the season.
Akron will continue the series with Bowie at home for two more nights, before facing the Erie Seawolves for another home series.