Aeros take two from Mets, sweep doubleheader
AKRON – The Akron Aeros added a pair of wins against the Binghamton Mets, 6-4 and 4-2, in a double-header Tuesday night at Canal Park to increase their record to a league-leading 44-25.
The Aeros resumed play from their suspended game against Binghamton tied 2-2 after five innings, but the tie was quickly broken after Nick Weglarz hit a solo homerun to right field to give Akron a 3-2 lead. Weglarz hit his second homerun of the game for Akron in the 9th inning, but the Aeros surrendered two to Binghamton, sending the game to extra innings tied 4-4.
Binghamton pitcher Bradley Holt walked two batters with the bases loaded in the 10th to give Akron a 6-4 lead that proved to be the difference. Jose De La Torre (5-0) picked up the win, and Bryce Stowell came in to finish the game for his first save. Holt (2-1) took the loss for the Mets.
Weglarz has continued his hot hitting through the past week, and Aeros manager Chris Tremie is glad to see his hitter getting back into the swing of things.
“The last week or ten games, and even a few more before that, he was really starting to swing the bat well and he’s really had a good four or five games as of late, and I think a lot of it has to do with just him getting back and feeling like he’s in good shape, feeling really good about his swing, and he’s seeing the ball well, and he’s got a lot of confidence,” Tremie said.
“I worked on a couple things mechanically, tweaked a couple things, but I really think getting at bats on a regular basis and being able to play is the major thing that has helped me get my swing back,” said Weglarz.
In the Aeros’ second game of the night, the team wasted no time putting runs on the board. The Aeros struck early, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning, capped by Thomas Neal’s two-run homer, his third of the season. The Aeros had the Mets on their heels the entire game thanks to the early scoring outburst, and in a shortened game, it was simply too much to overcome for Binghamton.
Binghamton scored their first run of the game in the second frame off of an RBI triple from center fielder Juan Lagares, and former Aero shortstop Josh Rodriguez hit a solo homerun to lead off the third for the B-Mets to cut the lead to 3-2. Nick Weglarz would not be denied, and continued his hot hitting for the Aeros with a two-out double, and scored Akron’s fourth and final run of the game on an RBI single from Thomas Neal.
Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino (1-2) worked 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out four, despite three errors by the Akron defense. Bryan Price was brought in to relieve Espino in the sixth to close the game, and he delivered, pitching a fantastic 1.2 innings for the Aeros. Price gave up no hits, no runs, and walked no batters.
Manager Chris Tremie was very pleased with how his pitchers stepped up and performed.
“In the first game, Murata did a great job coming out in the suspended game giving us the innings that we needed. De La Torre gave up a couple runs, but did a nice job as well, still finishing it out strong going 1-2-3, and did a really good job closing it out for us,” Tremie said.
“Espino did a nice job in the second game, only allowing two runs, and he also gave up one run due to an error, so he really threw the ball well for us tonight,” he said. “Price coming out of the bullpen was really good for us as well.”
The Aeros and B-Mets will play a doubleheader on Wednesday evening at 6:05, as they continue the five-game series. In game one, RHP Zack Wheeler (6-2, 1.92) will start for Bimghamton against Akron’s LHP T.J. House (4-2, 3.55). In the nightcap, RHP Cory Mazzoni (NR) will start for Binghamton and LHP Frankie Jimenez (NR) will go for Akron. Both hurlers will be making their Double-A debut.