BOWIE BAYSOX (1-2) 3, AKRON AEROS (2-1) 0
KEY STATS – The Aeros were unable to get much going offensively Friday night as they were limited to three scattered hits. It wasn’t as if the Aeros couldn’t hit, they just seemed to hit were a glove was. Carlos Santana put a charge into two balls that amounted to long outs. He also walked twice. Nick Weglarz sent a ball deep into right field that was held up by the wind.
KEY MOMENTS – After working the count full, Bowie catcher Guillermo Rodriguez sent a Josh Tomlin offering into the right field gap for a double in the fourth inning. The next batter, Miguel Abreu, sent a shot past Akron shortstop Carlos Rivera.
Leftfielder Jared Head threw the ball home attempting to get Rodriguez at the plate, but the throw was wide. Tomlin then threw out Abreu at third to end the inning. It was Tomlin’s only blemish on the night, but enough to effect the outcome of the game.
The Baysox would add two more runs off of reliever Neil Wagner in the sixth inning. Wagner walked the first two batters he faced before Brandon Snyder lined a single to right to plate them both.
STAR OF THE GAME – Akron’s Josh Tomlin and Bowie’s Troy Patton both pitched well. Tomlin, the No.28 prospect in the Indian’s organization according to Baseball America, held the Baysox to three hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked none.
"I was just trying to keep the ball over the zone and let them get them selves out,’’ Tomlin said. "They are a pretty free-swinging team, so I was just trying to throw the ball in the strike zone and they’ll hit it to the defenders."
Patton, who is rated No.8 in the Orioles organization, looked a little rusty to start the game, and reasonably so. He missed the entire 2007 season with an injury. After walking three batters in the first two innings, and working out of trouble in the first inning, Patton pitched well.
He did not walk another batter for the rest of the game as he struck out three in five innings of work.
"I saw him when he was with the Astros, real good pitcher. Good fastball. Good slider,’’ Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. ``He really settled down after the first couple innings…He threw the ball well and kept us off balance.’’
Patton joined the Orioles organization as part of the Miguel Tejada trade.
UP NEXT – The Aeros and the Baysox will finish the four game series 1:05 today when right-hander Steven Wright matches up with Bowie right-hander Brandon Erbe. Wright, a product of the University of Hawaii, started 14 games for the Aeros last season and 4-3 with a 4.30 ERA. Erbe, the No.6 prospect in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America, was 10-12 last year in the Carolina League with a 4.30 ERA
Notebook: The paid attendance for the game was 1,042, but it didn’t seem like that many were willing to stick out the one hour, 11 minute rain delay.
In the top of the fifth inning, Bowie’s Daniel Figueroa popped a ball up in no-man’s land behind shortstop. Carlos Rivera ran straight back and made a diving catch while running in the opposite direction.
When asked about how long it has been since he has seen a play like that. Josh Tomlin said:
"Oh man. Not in a long time. That was a really great play.’’