SeaWolves roar past Aeros 4-3
Salazar dazzles on the mound but Akron falls in series opener
AKRON- Fresh off of a winning series against the Bowie Baysox, Akron was defeated by the Erie Seawolves 4-3 Tuesday to begin their second home series.
Akron’s pitching was outshined by Erie’s starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein, who pitched all nine innings and only allowed three runs. The SeaWolves’ offense took advantage of the Aeros’ weak relievers to back their starting pitcher throughout the game.
The Aeros’ offense was unable to make a comeback after a traumatizing sixth inning, which involved two Akron pitchers. Kyle Landis replaced Danny Salazar to start the sixth inning. Salazar started the game on the mound for the Aeros and allowed only one run during his five innings and struck out eight.
Landis was challenged early as he walked two and loaded the bases before the first out of the inning was earned. Bryce Stowellinherited the situation a third of the way through the inning. Stowell allowed two more runs before ending the inning. Landis was saddled with the loss Tuesday night, his second of the season.
Just like that, the entire outlook had changed as the future looked bright for Akron up until the sixth inning.
The Aeros got on the board first in the third when designated hitter Chun-Hsiu Chen hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which scored catcher Roberto Perez. This would mark Chen’s 24th RBI of the season.
Erie answered in the fourth to score Salazar’s only earned run of the game and the contest at 1-1.
Akron wasted no time regaining the lead in the next inning. New addition to Akron’s infield Justin Toole hit his only RBI of the night, plating third baseman Giovanny Urshela and Roberto Perez. The second baseman was added to the roster when Jose Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.
Akron’s lead was once again short lived though and ended after an Aeros’ pitching change in the sixth.
The Aeros brought Austin Adams out of the bullpen in the eighth in an attempt to end the game scoreless. The right-handed reliever struck out one and allowed zero hits.
Through the ninth inning, both teams were unable to get on the board and the SeaWolves would keep their lead ending the game 4-3.
May has thus far been a good month for Akron as the team has a 4-2 record to bring their overall record to 15-17. Even after Tuesday night’s loss the Aeros are tied for third place in the Eastern League Western Division.
Akron will remain home for two more games to finish the series with Erie before traveling to Reading, Pennsylvania to challenge the double-A affiliate for the Phillies.