Aeros, Espino continue their slide in 4-1 loss to Seawolves
ERIE- The Akron Aeros fell to the Erie Seawolves Saturday night 4-1 at Jerry Uht Park. The Aeros’ offense was ineffective against Erie’s prominent pitching, while the Seawolves took advantage of Akron’s starter Paolo Espino.
Espino pitched five imperfect innings for Akron, striking out five of the twenty four batters he faced and allowed four runs on five hits. His performance earned him his second loss of the season. Espino has recorded the highest number of strikeouts on his team with 55, but has also allowed the second most runs.
The Seawolves offense wasted no time taking advantage of the right-handed pitcher in the first inning. Centerfielder Daniel Fieldshit a two run homer to put Erie on the board.
While Akron’s bats continued to be ineffective the Seawolves struck again in the fourth inning. A combination of some hits and a throwing error by Carlos Moncrief pushed Akron’s deficit to 4-0.
After a scoreless fifth inning from Espino, a call was made to the bullpen in the sixth to bring in Cole Cook. Cook held off the Seawolves offense for another two innings. The large reliever has had an inconsistent season thus far in Akron, producing a 7.36 ERA, but has recorded 22 strikeouts. Enosil Tejeda held Erie scoreless in his inning of work in the eighth inning, his second appearance since his promotion to Akron.
Although the pitching came through for Akron, the Aeros’ offense was unable to close in on the Seawolves. In the sixth inning left fielder Cedric Hunter did his part hitting a long ball to right field for the Aeros’ only run of the game. After starting the season in Columbus, Hunter was moved down to Akron on May 19th.
Akron’s loss added to their already damaged record of 22-27. The Aeros are sitting in second to last place in the Eastern League Western Division standings, two games behind their next home stand opponent the Harrisburg Senators. Akron started the month of May off strong, but has most recently hit a rough patch after a five game losing streak that included games from their last series against Erie.
Erie was able to tie the series 1-1, but two games remain against them. On Sunday, Akron will showcase starting pitcher Toru Murata who was reassigned to Akron earlier this month from triple-A Columbus. After Monday’s game the Aeros will return home.