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Rodriguez homer jolts Aeros alive & bonus notes

By sstorm Published: April 11, 2008

It took a towering Josh Rodriguez home run to awken the Aeros from a five-inning slumber Friday night, sparking the host to a 12-5 victory over Bowie at Canal Park - the team's first at home this season.

The shortstop's blast began a seven-run onslaught that inlcuded four extra-base hits and was aided by four of the Baysox's six errors on the evening.

Not yet done, the Aeros (3-5) tacked on another trio of runs in the seventh inning to ensure the victory.

"We were just kind of lagging along before Josh hit that home run and woke us up,'' said right fielder Stephen Head, who scored three runs and hit an RBI-triple. "We allowed (Berken) to set the tone and dominate us before we came alive.''

NOTES:

IN HIND SIGHT - The frustration was apparent on the face of David Huff after the Aeros left-hander took the loss in a 7-5 defeat by visiting Bowie Thursday in the home opener.

His results - four runs allowed on six hits through 4 2/3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts - wasn't what had the Double-A rookie wishing he could have the outing back to do over.

Instead, it was the fact that he had so many batters down in the count, only to let them quickly dig out.

"I've been going deep into counts after getting up early and using a lot of pitches," Huff said. "I really need to work on going after guys and not messing around. I need to let them get themselves out instead of being too fine.''

Four of the six hits given up by Huff came with two strikes on the hitter. Further, two of the four runs charged to him scored with two outs in the inning.

I thought he threw well, especially on the inner half of the plate to righties,'' Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "He just left a couple out over the plate. The one thing to remember is that we're here to learn from our mistakes. Learn from it and get better, that's all we can ask.''

With four of the Aeros starting pitchers being Double-A rookies, it might take a few outings for them to figure out how to pitch to a new level of hitters.

"The tendency is to give the hitters too much credit, and then you find yourself not pitching to your strength,'' said Huff, the Indians sandwich selection (39th overall) in the 2006 draft out of UCLA. "I have to remind myself that a lot of these guys are guys who were in A-ball last year, too.''[ep

RUNNING NO WHERE - Thursday's loss proved to be a night of missed opportunities for the Aeros as they stranded a season-high 10 runners.

After scoring a first-inning run, the Aeros left eight men on base between the second and and sixth innings - five of them in scoring position.

"In the sixth inning when it was still 4-1 with the bases loaded and two outs, that was our chance right there,'' Sarbaugh said. "We had a little momentum going until that third out took the wind out of our sails.''

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