Bowie, Md. – The Baysox (43-46) fell into an early hole and were never able to dig out as they lost to the Akron Aeros (52-38) 4-2 Monday afternoon in the final game of a six-game homestand.
Nick Markakis, who was with the Baysox on a Major League rehab assignment, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Right-handed starting pitcher Chris Tillman, who was making his first start with the Baysox since 2008 after starting for the Orioles last week, pitched three and one-third innings and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two batters and walking two in the loss.
“I didn’t think Tillman had command of the baseball as well as he has in the past,” said Manager Gary Kendall. “His breaking ball wasn’t there for him today and he gave up three runs.”
For the second night in a row, the Baysox out-hit the Aeros, but failed to keep up on the scoreboard after falling into an early 4-0 hole. They failed to take advantage of several chances with runners on base as they batted just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
“Four runs isn’t insurmountable the way we have been swinging the bat,” Kendall said. “During the course of nine innings you think you are going to get some opportunities, which we did, but we stranded too many runners. We just didn’t get the big hit.”