Game One: Aeros 2, Bowie 1
Key situation: Chun Chen’s disputed solo home run in the bottom of the fifth made all the difference in the seven-inning game. Pitching took care of the rest.
Chen's shot hit off the bottom of the Miller Lite sign in right center field causing Bowie hitting coach Denny Hocking to carry an in between inning argument with the umpires into the next inning, delaying the start of it.
Hocking was ejected. He then presented the lineup card to the umpires for the start of game two.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland, making his second start with Akron, induced eight ground balls and struck out five as he limited the Baysox to one unearned run and three hits over five innings.
John Drennen scored the Aeros first run after his ground ball down the first base line snuck past the bag and into the right field corner for a double to start the fourth inning. A few batters later right fielder Donnie Webb lined a ball into centerfield with the bases loaded to score Drennen.
It was Webb’s second opportunity of the day to bat with the bases loaded. He struck out in the second inning.
Webb’s line out to center was one of the few balls the Aeros were able to get in the air at that point. Baysox starter Rick Zagone got seven of the first nine outs to ground out.
Quick hits: Connor Burns picked up his seventh save in as many chances. He faced two batters, allowing a hit to Joe Mahoney before striking out, Ronnie Welty on a curveball to end the game.
Game two: Baysox 4, Aeros 2
Key situation: Bowie designated hitter Caleb Joseph opened up the game with a two-run, two-out base clearing, stand up triple in the top of the sixth inning.
Quick hits: Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Donald (finger), on rehabilitation assignment, did not play in game two…Shortstop Juan Diaz had two of the Aeros three hit with a solo home run in the first inning and single in the seventh...The other hit, a single by Kyle Bellows in the seventh scored Diaz....Bowie right-hander Steve Johnson allowed one hit, the Diaz homer, in six innings. he struck out six and walked one...Aeros starter Matt Packer pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, four strikeouts and two walks.
Next game: The Aeros begin a seven game road trip tonight at Binghamton. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (1-3, 3.00) will pitch for the Aeros. Binghamton's starter is yet to be determined.
Game two Lineups:
1. #7 Jordan Henry (DH)
2. # 16 Tim Fedroff (LF)
3, #13 Juan Diaz (SS)
4. # 20 Matt McBride (1B)
5. # 22 John Drennen (RF)
6. # 33 Kyle Bellows (3B)
7. # 27 Donnie Webb (CF)
8. #30 Juan Apodaca (C)
9. #9 Karexon Sanchez (2b)
Pitching: # 38 Matt Packer (LHP)
1. # 3 Xavier Avery (CF)
2. # 2 Greg Miclat (2B)
3. # 24 Ronnie Welty (RF)
4. # 20 Robbie Widlansky (LF)
5. # 17 Caleb Joseph (DH)
6. # 22 Pedro Florimon (SS)
7. #19 Steve Lerud (C)
8. # 12 Carlos Rojas (3B)
9. #8 Billy Rowell (1B)
Pitching: # 31 Steve Johnson (RHP)
Left-hander Matt Packer (0-1, 5.91 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for the Aeros. It’s his first career start against Bowie. Right-hander Steve Johnson (0-1, 6.94) will be making his second Double A start of the season after making two starts at Triple A Norfolk. In his lone Double A start, Johnson pitched four innings, allowed one hit and struck out five against Harrisburg in a no decision.