BOWIE BAYSOX 7, AKRON AEROS 4
KEY STATS: The Aeros were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Tuesday and are now 11-for-60 over their last seven games...Bowie, which leads the league in stolen bases (32 entering the game), added four more Tuesday by going 4-for-5 on the base paths.
KEY MOMENTS: Both teams lost their starting catchers early in the game, beginning with Bowie's Guillermo Rodriguez, who was ejected in the bottom of the first inning for arguing balls and strikes. In the fifth, the Aeros' Carlos Santana left with right forearm tightness. Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game removing Santana was precautionary and that he's day-to-day for now.
After the score went back and forth in the early innings, Bowie took the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning against Aeros reliever Zach Putnam...Aeros third baseman Jared Goedert hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth inning, but that's as close as the Aeros would get.
STORM'S STARS: Bowie's offense ran at will and produced a 15-hit attack, led by right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion (3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and an RBI) and left fielder Jonathon Tucker (3-for-5 with 2 stolen bases, 2 RBI and a run scored).
NOTES: The Indians brass moved Aeros ace Hector Rondon to the bullpen Tuesday. So instead of making his sixth start of the season, the right-hander pitched two innings of relief. It was obvious from the get-go Rondon wasn't as comfortable coming out of the 'pen as he was in his previous five starts in which he went 5-0 with a tidy 1.23 ERA. In two innings Tuesday, Rondon allowed three runs (two earned) and took the loss.
"Moving Hector was an organizational decision," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "Our job here is to develop guys for the big leagues. So you have to take the Akron team out of it and look at what's best for the organization. And what's best for the organization is for Hector to go into the bullpen."
In other roster moves, left-hander Ryan Edell rejoined the Aeros after a stint in Triple-A Columbus, outfielder John Drennen was sent to Class-A Kinston and outfielder Matt McBride was promoted to Akron from Kinston.
McBride made his Double-A debut as one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, leading all minor leaguers with 51 hits and 36 RBI while also ranking in the top five in average (.405), doubles (15, second), extra-base hits (21, tied for third) and total bases (84, third).
McBride's Carolina League-best, 23-games hitting streak ended Sunday. But the catcher-turned-first baseman-turned-outfielder's 25-game on-base streak remains intact thanks to a fourth-inning single Tuesday.
"I feel like I'm always working and developing as a hitter," said McBride, who underwent shoulder surgery in November 2007 and missed nearly all of last season recovering. "As well as I'm hitting now, last year at the end of the season in Kinston I struggled and hit like around .180. So it can go both ways."
UP NEXT: The Aeros wrap up this three-game series with the Baysox and home stand today at Canal Park at 10:35 a.m. Aeros right-hander Josh Tomlin (3-1, 4.44 ERA) and Baysox left-hander Troy Patton (3-0, 0.95 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.