Aeros have the Wright stuff in 4-3 win
AKRON – The Akron Aeros completed a three-game series with the Bowie Baysox by celebrating a 4-3 win on Wednesday.
Right-hander Steven Wright (2-1, 1.56 ERA) started for Akron. In his previous start against the Trenton Thunder last Friday he went a solid 5.2 innings and picked up a 2-1 win for the Aeros.
In Wednesday night's game Wright allowed the first three Bowie batters to reach base in the first, but leadoff hitting right fielder Buck Britton was caught stealing third for the first out. Wright struck out first baseman Brandon Waring and got designated hitter Tyler Townsend to ground out to escape any damage.
Cole McCurry (0-1, 4.35 ERA), a lefty in his second season with the Baysox, took the bump for his third start of the season.
McCurry loaded the bases in the Aeros’ half of the first as center fielder Tim Fedroff led off with a single to left. After shortstop Davis Stoneburner tapped into a double-play, left fielder Jared Goedert drew a walk. First baseman Chun Chen hit a bloop single into center, which was followed with a walk by designated hitter Adam Abraham, but second baseman Ryan Rohlinger struck out swinging to leave the bags loaded.
Both starting pitchers put up zeroes across the board until the fifth inning when the Aeros finally broke the scoreless tie. Stoneburner was hit by a pitch and Chen singled to left. Both runners would score as Abraham sent a one-out triple to right-center, which ended the night for McCurry, giving McCurry a final line of 4.1 innings pitched, allowing seven hits, three runs and two walks with one strikeout.
McCurry was replaced with left-hander Pedro Viola, who surrendered a sacrifice fly to Rohlinger, giving Rohlinger six RBI on the year as he plated Abraham.
The Baysox scored in the sixth inning as center fielder L.J. Hoes led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Aeros’ catcher Roberto Perez. With third baseman Zelous Wheeler at the plate, Wright threw a wild pitch that allowed Hoes to score. After finishing the remainder of the sixth inning without further damage, Wright’s night ended as he allowed a total of four hits, one run and four walks while striking out seven.
The Baysox attempted to piece together a rally in the seventh against Aeros’ reliever Matt Langwell as second baseman Travis Adair reached base on a bunt and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Antoan Richardson. Right fielder Buck Britton reached on an infield single and Hoes drew a walk, but Wheeler lined out and designated hitter Brandon Waring struck out, leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.
Right-handed reliever Ross Wolf took over for the Baysox in the bottom of the seventh. Rohlinger and Neal laced back-to-back two-out singles up the middle and third baseman Kyle Bellows picked up an RBI as he scored Rohlinger with a single to left, advancing the Aeros’ lead to 4-2.
Righty Cody Allen took over in the eighth for the Aeros. After back-to-back strikeouts, Allen relinquished a solo home run to catcher Caleb Joseph, bringing the Baysox within one.
After a scoreless top of the ninth, Preston Guilmet entered the game to close things out for the Aeros. Guilmet shut the Baysox down as he tossed a flawless three-up-three-down inning, preserving the 4-3 Aeros’ win.
After the game, Aeros’ manager Chris Tremie noted the solid performance from his pitching staff.
“Wright did a good job with his knuckleball today,” Tremie said. “He kept it in the zone. Other than one inning, he really did a good job of not giving them anything.”
Tremie also had high praise for Langwell, who pitched the team out of a bases-loaded jam.
“[Langwell] did a great job of damage control right there,” said Tremie. “He had the bases loaded, one run came in, but he left runners out there and got out of the inning. It was an outstanding job of him, keeping the lead right there.”
Next, the Aeros hit the road to take on the Reading Phillies for a three-game series.
Note: On Wednesday the Cleveland Indians announced that left-hander David Huff would make a rehab start for the Aeros on Friday. Huff is rehabbing a strained hamstring that he suffered back during spring training.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.