Aeros Quartet Blanks SeaWolves
Akron, OH – The regular season may be coming to an end, but it’s never too late for a superb pitching performance.
That’s exactly what the Aeros got on Wednesday night when Brett Brach and three relievers combined to shut out the Erie SeaWolves, 5-0, in front of 4,193 fans at Canal Park.
It was the first win in the series for the Aeros (65-71). For Erie, the loss means more anxious moments trying to hold onto the EL West wild card and a spot in the upcoming playoffs. Erie entered play Wednesday just a half-game out of first place behind Harrisburg, and four games up on third-place Bowie. Both the Senators and Baysox were still playing late Wednesday following rain delays.
Brach (9-9) twirled six innings of scoreless baseball, scattering six hits. He walked one and struck out four. Brach’s only real jam of the night came in the third when he allowed three straight two-out singles to load the bases, but got out of the inning when he induced a fly-out by Erie’s James Robbins. Brach’s nine wins represent a career-high.
After Brach, Brett Myers, Kyle Crockett, and Bryce Stowell all chipped in a scoreless inning to complete the whitewash. Of the three, only Myers gave up a hit, but quickly erased the runner on a double-play ball. It was Myers’ sixth major league rehab appearance with the Aeros this season. Crockett worked the eighth, and still hasn’t allowed a run in any of his eight appearances since joining the Aeros. Stowell has now tossed four scoreless innings during the current homestand.
It was Akron’s first shutout victory since a 7-0 win at New Hampshire on June 11th.
Offensively, the Aeros took advantage of four Erie errors to hang a loss on Australian righthander Warwick Saupold (7-6). Four of the five Aeros runs were unearned. The Aeros took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Chris Wallace and a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez. Jake Lowery’s RBi double in the thid made it 3-0, and two more came home in the fifth on a throwing error and an RBI ground out by Lowery to make it 5-0.
Tyler Holt had three singles and a stolen base to pace the Aeros. Adam Abraham also had two hits. Akron improved to 35-35 at home this season, and can have a winning home record for the year if they can win on Thursday night.
The Aeros will conclude the home portion of the regular season schedule when they play the SeaWolves (72-64) in the series wrap-up on Thursday night at 7:05. RHP Kelvin Perez (1-2, 5.71) is the expected starter for the SeaWolves, while RHP Will Roberts (7-9, 4.52) will make his final start of the season for the Aeros. The game will be broadcast live online at www.sportsradio1350.com. For more information, please call the Aeros at 330-253-5151. Follow the team on Twitter @akronaeros or on Facebook at facebook.com/theakronaeros.