Up and Down Night for Baysox in Loss to Akron

The Baysox saw some inconsistencies in their pitching Saturday night in Bowie. Starter Bobby Livingston and reliever Jim Hoey both showed why they have made it to the big leagues, but also showed why they still have some work to do before they get back.

The Bowie Baysox (5-5) dropped their second in a row to the Akron Aeros (7-2) 7-3 despite out-hitting the Aeros 9-8 Saturday night.

All three Bowie pitchers, Bobby Livingston, Jim Hoey and Ryan Rodriguez, showed their potential, but also struggled at times. Livingston set down 11 Aeros in a row at one point and had a five-pitch inning, but struggled in the sixth. Jim Hoey came on and retired the first three batters he saw, but then could not retire a single batter in the eighth. Ryan Rodriguez allowed both of his inherited runners to score, but did not allow a hit after that.

Livingston gave up an infield single to Jose Constanza to start the game. Livingston then induced a groundball to first baseman Brandon Snyder who had a chance to at least cut down the lead runner, but bobbled the ball and settled on tagging the batter, short stop Carlos Rivero.

Two pitches later the Aeros' Beau Mills smacked a line drive to center to drive in Constanza. Livingston escaped further damage by forcing a double play three pitches later and would not give up a hit until the sixth inning.

"I just started locating, commanding all my pitches, kept the ball down, had a good pace, and felt really comfortable," Livingston said of his early successes.

The Baysox countered in the bottom of the first when designated hitter Paco Figueroa led off with a triple to deep left-center. Left-fielder Jonathan Tucker collected the RBI on a broken bat groundout to third.

In the sixth, Livingston gave up a leadoff ground-ruled double to Jerad Head, followed by a single for Jose Constanza to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Constanza then stole second to break up the force out and Carlos Rivero grounded out to second to tie the game; Constanza moved up to third

Brandon Snyder's defensive struggles continued with the next Akron batter. Beau Mills grounded one to the first basemen and Snyder fielded the ball cleanly for the second out. However, when Constanza bluffed towards home, Snyder's throw sailed over Bowie catcher Adam Donachie's head allowing Constanza to score.

"Right now I feel real comfortable with my defense," Snyder said after the game. "I just think that right now I'm just kind of overplaying, over-thinking things."

"He's holding his own," Baysox manager Brad Komminsk said. "He panics on a couple throws, he panicked on that throw today, but he's doing OK, he'll be fine over there."

Livingston continued to get hit hard as he served up a long home run to Aeros' designated hitter Carlos Santana, his fourth of the year. After a walk to third baseman Niuman Romero, Livingston's night was done

Jim Hoey came out of the bullpen with two outs in the sixth and did not even have to retire a batter to get out of the inning. On the 1-2 pitch to Josh Rodriguez, Romero was caught stealing on a perfect throw to second base by Donachie. Hoey then pitched a one-two-three seventh.

After stretching, the Baysox were able to draw to with in one in the bottom of the seventh. Paco Figueroa led off with an infield single to short and then stole second. With two outs in the inning, centerfielder Dave Krynzel lined a ball into center to drive in Figueroa for his sixth RBI of the season, good for second on the team.

Hoey came out to pitch again in the eighth and left without recording an out. He served up a long homer to Head, Constanza had another infield single and a free pass was issued.

"Tonight I thought [Hoey] did very good in the first inning," Baysox pitching coach Larry McCall said. "In the second inning it looked like he was trying to throw instead of trying to pitch. He started to overthrow and that's what hurt him in that inning."

The left-handed Ryan Rodriguez came in to replace Hoey and allowed both inherited runners to score on a double by Mills. Mills was caught in a rundown between second and third for the first out of the inning. Rodriguez was able to get out of the eighth without giving up any more runs, but it was not enough as the Sox would eventually come up short.


Paco Figueroa was hit in the head while stealing second in the seventh but remained in the game. He is 2-2 on the year in that department. His two runs today give him eight, which is good for a tie for second in the Eastern League early on.

Fredy Deza was called up to Norfolk to help fill out their roster after the Orioles called up pitchers Radhames Liz and Matt Albers. To replace Deza's spot on Bowie's roster, pitcher Sean Gleason was promoted from Frederick. John Mariotti got the start in Frederick tonight as Gleason's turn in the rotation would have been this evening.

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