If there were any debate as to whether the presence of Travis Hafner was a huge advantage or major distraction for the Aeros in Friday's crucial Game Three of the Southern Division Playoffs, the Indians slugger quickly put the argument to rest.
In his second at-bat following a first-inning walk, the Tribe's designated hitter blasted a grand slam that landed just in front of the scoreboard in right field, sparking the host Aeros to a 6-2 victory over Bowie.
HEAD TO HEAD - It's worth noting the difference between the results of both starting pitchers from regular season to playoffs. Durint the season, Aeros left-handed starter Ryan Edell (7-8, 3.80 ERA) went 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA in four starts against the Baysox. Meanwhile, Bowie's starter David Hernandez not only led the league with a 166 strikeouts, he posted a 2-0 mark and tidy 2.04 ERA in three starts against the Aeros.
But come Thursday in a head-to-head matchup, the results were drastically different.
Edell earned the win after throwing 7 1/3 solid innings, limiting the Baysox to a run on four hits to earn the win.
Meanwhile, Hernandez could not find the stikezone and was ejected after the second inning - while in the dugout arguing with the homer plate umpire about his strike zone.