Aeros lose pitching duel to Bowie, 2-0
BOWIE -- Three Bowie pitchers combined to shutout the Akron Aeros 2-0 on Monday, despite a strong start from left-hander Eric Berger.
Baysox southpaw Jacob Petit (3-0) went five innings, giving up just three hits, to earn his second win over the Aeros in one week. Despite walking three batters, he limited base runners and worked out of his only jam in the second inning.
Akron first baseman Chun Chen opened the top of the second inning with a sharply hit double to left. After a walk by left fielder Nick Weglarz, Akron had runners on first and second with nobody out. Second baseman Ryan Rohlinger put a damper on the threat by grounding into a double play, advancing Chen to third. Right fielder Thomas Neal struck out to end the inning.
Petit continued his strong pitching against Akron, having beaten the Aeros with six innings of one-hit ball in a 4-2 Bowie win at Canal Park last Tuesday.
After five scoreless innings by Petit, Stuart Pomeranz, the older brother of former Indians prospect and current Rockies starter, Drew Pomeranz, followed with three scoreless innings. Greg Burke went 1-2-3 in ninth for his first save of the season.
It was the first shutout of the season for Akron.
Aeros starter Eric Berger struggled at the outset with his command, walking the bases loaded in the first. He worked out of trouble after a fly out to Neal.
The only scoring in the game came in the fourth inning. After a lead-off double by Bowie first baseman Brandon Waring, Berger struck out the next two hitters, but catcher Caleb Joseph hit a two-out single to score Waring from second. Right fielder Ronnie Welty, playing in his first game with the team, followed with a triple to make it 2-0.
Berger pitched four innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out six on 82 pitches (49 strikes).
Right-handers Bryan Price and Cody Allen each pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Akron. Price struck out four batters and walked one. Allen struck out two without giving up a hit.
The Aeros mounted another scoring threat in the top the seventh against Pomeranz after Weglarz led off the inning with a double. After a fly out, Weglarz advanced to third on a groundout by Neal, but was stranded after third baseman Kyle Bellows struck out swinging.
After struggling to get on base early in the season, Weglarz continued to improve at the plate, notching two hits in three at bats. In his past six games, he is 7-for-20, with four walks.
The Aeros and Baysox will play game two of the series Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander T.J. McFarland (2-1, 2.30) will look to continue his early success against Bowie left-hander Cole McCurry (0-2, 4.91).
Notes: Jared Goedert was 0-3, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. ... Akron pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, a season high. ... Announced attendance: 952.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.