A night after rallying from deficits of 9-3 and 10-4 to record an exciting 11-10 victory over visiting Bowie in 10 innings Monday, the Akron Aeros came out flat in a double header sweep by the Baysox Tuesday night.
How flat? They managed one run in 14 innings.
In the seven-inning Game One, Akron was nearly no-hit by Baysox starter Jason Berken before Jose Costanzo broke up the no-hit bid with a bloop to shallow center with an out in the sixth. But Berken went on to earn the win with a two-hit complete-game shutout.
The Aeros didn't even plate a run on the evening until spotting Bowie a 6-0 lead.
While Akron's offense appeared flat all evening - showing little resemblance to the one that kept coming back at Bowie the previous night - the Aeros two young starters on the night didn't help themselves.
In Game One, right-hander Steven Wright made just his second start for the Aeros after being called up from Class-A Kinston last week. In five innings he dished up five runs (four earned) and took the loss.
In the nightcap, Akron starter Jim Deters (also via Kinston) tied an Aeros season-high of hits allowed by a pitcher with 12 - in just 4 2/3 innings to spot the Baysox a 6-0 lead by the third inning.
Yes, they're young. They were each having solid seasons at Kinston and will get better the more experience they get at this level. It's just a shame they have to cut their teeth right now with the Southern-Division leading Aeros hosting division foe Bowie.
Having won 17 of their last 19 games entering Tuesday to take over first place, I don't want to see the team take a step back while the youngsters settle in.