Baysox dominate Aeros 13-2
Akron struggles offensively and loses fourth consecutive game
By Brian Doak
May 21, 2013
Akron, OH – The Bowie Baysox continued to cause major problems for the Aeros this season, as the Aeros dropped their fourth straight game by a score of 13-2 Tuesday night at Canal Park.
Akron’s starting pitcher Jordan Cooper had difficulty with a strong Bowie lineup, and was outpitched by Bowie’s Mike Wright, who is now 6-0 for the season. Cooper gave up five runs and eight hits, while Wright only allowed two runs and six hits for the victory.
The Aeros have now dropped four straight and eight of their last eleven games, including the previous two against the Baysox by a combined score of 17-5. Akron has only won four games out of thirteen overall against the Baysox this season.
Unlike their previous nine losses, the Aeros never took the lead in this game.
The Baysox’ hitting was the first to strike, and they struck in a big way. With two men on in the second inning, designated hitter Brandon Waring of the Baysox smacked a three-run home run off of Cooper that hit the left field scoreboard. It was his second home run of the season.
Overall, Waring caused plenty of headaches for the Aeros every time he came up to bat as he went 4-for-5 and was only one triple short of hitting for the cycle. He has 10 total hits this season, with four of those coming in his dominant performance Tuesday night, even though his batting average for the season stands at .139.
The Baysox completely broke the game open and finished off the Aeros in the top of the seventh inning, as their bats came alive and scored seven runs off of a pair of relievers, Rob Bryson and Jose Flores. In total, 11 Baysox came up to bat in the inning, with Niuman Romero hitting twice and scoring once as well.
After scoring once more in the ninth inning off of Cole Cook, the Baysox called it a night, claiming a decisive victory. The Baysox smacked 15 hits against the struggling Aeros pitching.
Jordan Cooper was very disappointed with his performance in the game.
“It wasn’t up to standards. Anytime I go out there and don’t put our team in a situation to win, then it’s not a good night.”
When asked about how he can improve for his next outing, Cooper mentioned wanting to help his team as his highest priority.
“I just want to keep the team in the ballgame and throw more strikes.” Cooper threw four strikeouts during his five and two-thirds innings pitched for the loss, and his record now stands at 1-2 for the season.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez also believed the Aeros could have done a better job in Tuesday night’s difficult loss. “It was one of those nights. We were facing a very good hitting team, and everything was falling for them. We had some hard-hit balls, but right at people. We have to come in tomorrow and try to finish, we still have one hundred more games this season.”
However, there were few pieces of good news for the Aeros, mainly at the plate. In the midst of a strong pitching outing from a 5-0 Wright, the Aeros’ hitting showed signs of promise early on. In only his second game with Akron,Cedric Hunter hit his first home run, a solo shot off of Wright in the third inning.
Cedric Hunter replaces Chun Chen, who was promoted to the AAA Columbus Clippers on Sunday.
When asked about Hunter’s adjustments to the Aeros, Edwin Rodriguez said that Hunter is in a good position at this point.
“He has nothing to prove. He’s just working on his swing and he’s very positive help for those guys (the Aeros).”
After being injured while colliding with Bowie’s second baseman Cale Iorg in the bottom of the third, Tyler Holt hit a double in the fifth and was driven in by Jesus Aguilar for Akron’s only other run of the game. Aguilar now has 36 RBIs in the 2013 season.
Overall, the Aeros mustered eight hits off of an impressive pitching effort from the Bowie.
The Baysox are now back at .500 with a 21-21 record and are two and a half games ahead of Akron. The Aeros dropped to 20-25, and are in fifth in the Western Division.
The Aeros are looking to have an all-around better game and win one against a very challenging Bowie ball club as they continue their series with the Baysox on Wednesday night. Brett Myers is scheduled to pitch the first five innings as part of his continuing rehab assignment, recovering from a right elbow inflammation and a mild ligament sprain.
The first pitch is set for 7:05 pm.