Bowie Baysox vs. Akron Aeros -- Game 2 preview

The Bowie Baysox and Akron Aeros will meet tonight at Prince George's Stadium for the second game of the best-of-five playoff series. Aeros outfielder Matt LaPorta had two home runs to help Akron beat the Baysox, 6-5, in 12 innings last night.

The Baysox battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but LaPorta's RBI single in the 12th inning gave Akron the 1-0 series lead.


Bowie will start 15-game winner Brad Bergesen in tonight's game and Akron will send J.D. Martin to the mound.

Here are the tentative pitching matchups for the rest of the playoff series between Bowie and Akron:

Game 2 -- Tonight, 7:05 p.m., at Bowie

Bowie: Brad Bergesen (15-6, 3.22 ERA)

Akron: J.D. Martin (11-3, 2.49 ERA)

Game 3 -- Tomorrow, 7:05 p.m., at Akron

Bowie: David Hernandez (10-4, 2.68 ERA)

Akron: Ryan Edell (7-8, 3.80 ERA)

Game 4 -- Saturday, 7:05 p.m., at Akron (if necessary)

Bowie: Chris Tillman (11-4, 3.18 ERA)

Akron: Frank Herrmann (11-6, 4.10 ERA)

Game 5 -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m., at Bowie (if necessary)

Bowie: Zach Clark (4-2, 3.60 ERA)

Akron: Kevin Dixon (9-11, 4.41 ERA)

Tonight's notes

* Bergesen won both starts against Akron this season, but the 22-year-old starting pitcher has lost three consecutive games. He has allowed nine earned runs and 16 hits in 16 innings during those three starts. Bergesen was only 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in August.

* Martin is 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA in six appearances, including one start, against the Baysox in 2008. The 25-year-old right-hander is 3-0 in five starts since moving into Akron's starting rotation. In those five games, Martin has only allowed one earned run and 14 hits in 21 2/3 innings.

* Baysox right fielder Nolan Reimold hit a solo home run in the first inning of last night's playoff game. He now has seven home runs and 11 RBIs in his past 10 games. Reimold has homered in three straight games and four of his past five.


* LaPorta only hit .233 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 17 games after coming to the Cleveland Indians' affiliate from the Milwaukee Brewers in a midseason trade for CC Sabathia. He made an impressive playoff debut, however, by going 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead the Aeros over Bowie in the first game of the best-of-five series last night.

* Bowie catcher Steve Torrealba had two doubles and two RBIs in four games against Akron during the regular season. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored as the designated hitter in last night's game.

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