It was a busy week for the rotation, with four games against Harrisburg and four against Richmond, three starters got the chance to start twice in the two series at home. Austin Adams, Kelvin De La Cruz, and Joe Gardner each got a pair of starts, one against each team.
Adams' start against Harrisburg was cut short and he received, what was a rather undeserved loss after he went just an inning and one third. That was the game on Wednesday when the skies opened up and tornados ripped through the Akron/Cuyahoga Falls area. The game was resumed as a part of a double-header the next day, but Adams was obviously unavailable. Against Richmond, Adams tossed five innings, giving up just an unearned run and striking out five hitters. He did walk five however.
Great week for Kelvin De La Cruz, who went five innings in both starts, picked up a win, and struck out 10. He gave up five total runs off 10 hits and walked six. De La Cruz is now 3-3 on the season with a 3.50 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 46 innings. The problem thus far with DLC is his walk total as he is already up to 32. In previous years, he's walked 72 hitters in 26 starts and 62 hitters in 27 starts. Based off nine starts, if he were to average the number of walks he does now (3.5) and make 20 starts, he'd end up walking over 100 hitters.
Joe Gardner had the most interesting week. He took the loss against Harrisburg, not completing the fifth inning and giving up six earned runs, nine total off nine hits and a pair of walks. Obviously not his best effort, but also a defensive let-down. However Gardner bounced back like he did last time the defense let him down and he had a bad start and had a good game. He may have even had the best game for an Aero's starter this season. He definitely had the longest, going eight innings and giving up a run off six hits and a walk. He also struck out six hitters but took a no-decision.