AKRON AEROS 12, BOWIE BAYSOX 2
KEY STATS - With 10 more walks today, the Bowie pitching staff issued a combined 32 free passes in the four-game series, the Aeros scoring 13 times on all those gifts.
KEY MOMENT - The Aeros scored their first three runs in the second inning without the aid of hit, taking advantage of four walks...Akron's first hit didn't come until the fourth on John Drennen's double...The Aeros batted around and added four insurance runs in the eighth inning.
STORM'S STARS - The Aeros offense. Despite being a relatively young group of players, the team's batters proved very patient in the opening series, staying within themselves and their strike zones despite the wildness of Bowie's pitching staff.¶
"The organization, in general, preaches to try and stay within yourself," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "Early on as a group, their approach has been very good. They're not trying to do too much, just taking what the opponent gives them. Consider that early on today we had three runs with no hits."
UP NEXT - The Aeros are off today for the Easter holiday before returning to action Monday to begin a three-game series against visiting Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. A pair of left-handers in the Aeros Chuck Lofgren and Curve's Daniel Moskos are the scheduled pitchers.
NOTES - Aeros outfielder John Drennen notched his first hit in four games with a double in the fourth inning - the team's first hit of the day. He finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored - including a walk, double and a hit-by-pitch.
"One thing we're trying to get him to do is to just stay more middle of the field, left center because in the past he's gotten into a tendency to get into more of a pull mode. But he's a guy who we think can drive the ball to both gaps."
* Aeros center fielder Jose Constanza pulled up lame with a left hamstring tweak after singling in the seventh inning.
"It's just a slight hamstring strain," Sarbaugh said.