Aeros win 5-0 in Roberts' debut
Will Roberts' pitches six scorless innings to lead Aeros
ALTOONA - Akron Aeros' new additions showed their worth Tuesday as the team struck back and earned a 5-0 win to tie up the series with the Altoona Curve 1-1.
The recently promoted Will Roberts started on the mound for the Aeros. The 6-foot-5-inch pitcher earned his first win in a Double-A league as he recorded four strikeouts and pitched six scoreless innings.
Young third baseman Giovanny Urshela kick started the Akron offense with a home run off of pitcher David Bromberg in the second inning. Bromberg would was credited with the loss Tuesday as he allowed three runs across six innings.
Urshela contributed further to the Aeros' win in the fifth inning. After a single from Urshela, left fielder Bo Greenwell cracked another homer into right field off of Bromberg. This marks Greenwell's first homerun after coming off the 7-day DL.
After striking out his last batter, Cole Cook replaced Roberts on the mound for Akron. Cook only pitched one inning, but it was a perfect one as he didn't allow a single hit.
The Aeros filled the bases in the top of the eighth inning after drawing two straight walks from second basemanJose Ramirez and centerfield Tyler Holt, and a single from Chun Chen, reigning Eastern League Player of the Week. First baseman Jesus Aguilar followed with his 26th RBI of the season to score Ramirez. Akrons right fielderCarlos Moncrief added to the scoring in the eighth with aa RBI-single, which brought Holt home. The Altoona' pitching change would come late in the inning with Nate Baker replacing Kenn Kasparek. Baker ended the inning after his first batter.
Bryan Price represented the Aeros in the eighth inning and notched one strikeout, and ended the inning scoreless.
Jose Flores closed the game for Akron ending the night with a three-up, three-down inning. Flores struck out one during his run versus Altoona, which brought Flores' strikeout total to 12 this season.
With the win, the Aeros tied up the series 1-1 with the Altoona Curve. This ties Akron for last place with the Curve in the Eastern League standings. The Aeros have two more games to play at Peoples Natural Gas Field before returning home for a six-game home stretch where they will face the Bowie Baysox and No. 1 ranked Erie Seawolves.