The Aeros swept the visiting Bowie Baysox by scores of 3-2 and 6-1 Saturday evening at Canal Park.
The first game of the double header was a continuation of Friday’s suspended game, starting with the Aeros batting with one out and one on in the bottom of the first inning.
But it wasn’t until the third inning that the Aeros took a lead when RF Jordan Henry's RBI single scored C Roberto Perez.
With Bowie starting pitcher and LHP Jacob Pettit continuing to struggle with his command and falling behind batters, Aeros LF Nick Weglarz hit a bases-loaded single that scored Henry and CF Tyler Holt, pushing Akron’s lead to 3-0.
Bowie finally got on the board in the fifth, starting the frame against Aeros reliever and RHP Toru Murato with back-to-back singles by SS Manny Machado and 1B Rhyne Hughes. RHP Rob Bryson relieved Murata and got three big outs, but Machado scored on a groundout to put an end to any thoughts of an Aeros’ shut-out bid.
The Baysox threatened again in the seventh inning, but Aeros closer and RHP Preston Guilmet tip-toed out of the jam - allowing a run and two hits - before notching his 18th save to clinch the Game One win.
In the night cap, the Aeros once again took an early lead, this time thanks in large part to 3B Ryan Rohlinger’s two-run single that gave Akron a 2-0 advantage in the fourth inning.
Two innings later in the sixth, Aeros starter and RHP Steven Wight gave up his only ruin of the evening – a solo home run to deep right field by 1B Rhyne Hughes. The longball pulled the Baysox to within a run, 2-1.
But the Aeros responded by scoring one insurance run after another in the bottom of sixth, sparked by SS Juan Diaz sliding around the tag at the plate on C Roberto Perez's RBI fielder's choice.
Before the inning was over, the Aeros had plated four runs with back-to-back RBI singles by 2B Davis Stoneburner and Holt. Apparently, a four-run lead wasn’t enough for manager Chris Tremie, who continued to play it aggressive with a suicide squeeze play executed by a perfect Henry bunt that scored Stoneburner to give the host a 6-1 advantage.
Wright came back out to start the ninth, but after walking the first batter he faced, he gave way to reliever and RHP Jose Flores, who made his Double-A debut by getting the final three outs of the seventh inning to secure the victory and sweep.