Aeros split double header with New Hampshire
Akron, OH - The Aeros split their double header with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, winning the first 7-2 and the second 1-0 Friday night at Canal Park.
In game one, the Aeros were led by left fielder Nick Weglarz’s four RBI game and demonstrated a balanced approach at the plate, scattering seven hits and scoring seven runs en route to a 7-2 victory.
Weglarz hit an RBI double in the first inning that plated Tyler Holt and gave Akron a 1-0 lead, and they never looked back. The Aeros scored two more in third inning after a fielder’s choice allowed Davis Stoneburner to score, and a wild pitch by Fisher Cats pitcher Joel Galarraga led to a Jordan Henry run to make the score 3-1. Another wild pitch from the New Hampshire pitching staff allowed the Aeros to score another run in the fifth, and Nick Weglarz cracked a three-run homer over the right field bleachers to give Akron all the insurance they would need.
Akron’s pitching kept New Hampshire in check, giving up only two runs and four hits.
Brett Bach started for the Aeros, going 2.2 innings and allowing two runs before being replaced by Trey Haley. Haley (1-0) got the win for Akron after pitching 2.1 innings, surrendering no runs, no hits, and striking out three batters. Shawn Armstrong closed the game for Akron to register his first save of the season.
Chorey Spoone (2-3) took the loss for New Hampshire.
The second game, the Aeros lost a close contest 3-1 after unraveling in the seventh, and wasted an excellent outing from Toru Murata and a quality defensive effort behind him for most of game.
On a night where the Aeros managed only four hits, Akron needed to play some great defense to have a chance to win, and they didn’t disappoint.
Akron starter Toru Murata gave the Aeros another quality start despite a lack of run support. Murata took them 5.1 innings while giving up no runs, striking out four, and keeping the Fisher Cats lineup quiet for the duration of his start.
The Aeros scored their only run of the game after catcher Roberto Perez hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt Lawson. For six innings, it appeared that the 1-0 lead would be enough for the Aeros to scrape by with and get a win. They were aided by some sloppy play from the New Hampshire defense as well, who committed three errors.
Jose Flores came on in relief for Murata in the 7th, and the wheels came off from there. Flores (0-1) blew his first save of the year and walked two batters, gave up two hits, and three runs (two earned) to allow the Fisher Cats to come from behind and nip the Aeros with some late heroics. An error by third baseman Justin Toole accounted for the unearned run.
Akron and New Hampshire continue their series tomorrow night starting at 7:05.
Notes: LF Nick Weglarz led off the second inning with a double, but was ejected following an argument with third base umpire Nick Mahrley. Attendance for Fireworks Night was 4,412.