Baysox clobber Aeros 10-6
Moncrief stays hot and hits 11th home run of season in loss
By Brian Doak
July 2, 2013
Bowie, MD – The Aeros showed signs of improvement at the beginning of the game, but unfortunately they fell victim to two high-scoring innings for the opponent as they were defeated by the Bowie Baysox by a final score of 10-6 on Tuesday night at Prince George’s Stadium.
Just as they had done on Monday, the Aeros wasted no time taking an early lead. In the top of the first inning, Jesus Aguilar hit a single to score Ronny Rodriguez and the next batter, Carlos Moncrief, hit a single to drive in Tyler Holt.
Akron extended their lead in the third inning as Rodriguez led off with a single and was driven in by a sacrifice fly from Moncrief. One inning later, Garabez Rosa of the Baysox hit a one-out double and scored on a single from Josh Horton to cut Bowie’s deficit to one run.
Carlos Moncrief caused more trouble for the Baysox’ pitching in the fifth as he belted a two-run home run to center field. It was Moncrief’s 11th home run this season. Niuman Romero responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run of his own, his secondof the year.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with the Aeros leading 5-3, the Baysox took the lead and did not look back. Aeros reliever JD Reichenbach loaded the bases with only 1 out and then walked Chris Pettit to walk Aaron Baker.
However, it would only get worse for Akron as Baysox center fielder Trayvon Robinson hit a three-run RBI double off of Aeros reliever Shawn Armstrong to score Pettit, Horton, and Kyle Hudson. At the end of the inning, the Baysox had a 7-5 advantage over the Aeros.
The Aeros scored one run in the top of the eighth inning as Kyle Bellows hit an RBI double, his fifth of the season to score Chris Wallace. They threatened to score more as they loaded the bases with two outs, but would not score again, and it proved to be costly.
The Baysox scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to finish off the struggling Aeros. Hudson scored on a missed catch error at home plate, which was the Aeros’ first error in six games.
Loman hit a single to drive in Trayvon Robinson and the next batter was Garabez Rosa, who would hit a single to score Romero. At the end of the rally, Bowie led 10-6 and that would be the final score.
Despite another tough loss, there were improvements with the Aeros’ hitting, especially from Ronny Rodriguez and Carlos Moncrief.
After missing the last 10 games when he was on the Disabled List, Rodriguez was strong in his first game back went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Moncrief went 3-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in four RBI.
In total, the Aeros had 11 hits but only six runs, with little help coming from the rest of the lineup.
Toru Murata took the mound for Akron and did well, allowing three runs and striking out six and the Aeros held the lead when he was taken out.
Murata was replaced by the new addition to the Aeros, JD Reichenbach who has had three rough outings for the team so far. He only pitched for 1/3 of an inning and gave up four earned runs and was given the loss, and he is 0-1 with the team.
Jose Flores, who was recently named to the Western Division all-star team, allowed three runs in the eighth, his only inning pitched.
Trayvon Robinson was a major factor in the Baysox’ victory, as he went 1-for-5 with three RBI. Garabez Rosa also gave the Aeros considerable grief as he went 3-for-5 on Tuesday with one RBI as well.
The Aeros’ losing streak continues as they have lost four straight games and have a record of 39-45 and the Baysox have won four in a row, with a total record of 41-39.
The first pitch is set for 6:35 pm.