Akron first baseman Adam Abraham drove in three of Akron's four runs to lead the Aeros to a 4-2 victory over the Bowie Baysox Monday at Prince George's Stadium.
The Aeros (52-38) captured the series 2-1 Monday on the strength of a three-run second inning. Abraham had a two-run single scoring Nick Weglarz and Juan Diaz to put the Aeros on the board. Abraham came around to score on an RBI single from Davis Stoneburner, and Akron had a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Akron added an insurance run in the fourth inning courtesy of an Abraham home run. Bowie (43-46) managed to get a home run from their own first baseman in the fourth inning when Rhyne Hughes hit his fifth of the year. Bowie added another run on a Zelous Wheeler sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 in the sixth inning, but could not manage another run.
Baysox starter Chris Tillman (0-1) took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out two. Tillman's start comes just five days after he pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Baltimore Orioles while striking out seven batters and allowing no earned runs against the Seattle Mariners. Tillman was demoted to Bowie so he would be able to stay on his normal pitching schedule as the Orioles head into the All-Star break.
Paolo Espino (4-2) got the win for Akron, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while recording five strikeouts. Tyler Sturdevant, Loek van Mil, and Preston Guilmet came on after Espino and surrendered just two hits and did not allow a run in four combined innings. Guilmet earned his 12th save of the year, and second in as many nights, by pitching a perfect ninth inning.
The Baysox managed to limit the Aeros to just six hits, with five of them singles. Weglarz and Abraham notched multi-hit days, while Matt Lawson and Davis Stoneburner also collected hits. Abraham's home run was the lone extra base hit for Akron and marked the third round-tripper for the infielder in the past five games. With the three RBI day, Abraham moved into a first place tie with Welarz for the team lead in RBI, with 40.
Bowie out-hit Akron 8-6, but left ten runners on base. The fourth inning Hughes home run was the sole extra-base hit for the Baysox attack. Baysox designated hitter Nick Markakis, a rehabbing Oriole, was held hitless in three at-bats before being replaced in the ninth inning.