Bogaerts Powers Seadogs Past Aeros 5-3
Akron, OH – Portland shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a homerun in his Double A debut and the Portland pitching staff kept Akron in check for a majority of the night as the Seadogs beat the Aeros 5-3 Thursday night at Canal Park.
Portland took two of three from the Aeros in the series and won four of the six games against the Aeros this year. While the Aeros lost, second-place Bowie dropped a 9-4 decision at Altoona, leaving the Aeros 8 ½ games in front in the EL West.
Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt (7-3) went five innings in the win for the Seadogs, giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out two before being replaced in the sixth.
Ryan Pressly and Michael Olmstead combined for four scoreless relief innings to keep the Aeros at bay the rest of the night. Pressly pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three for his second hold of the year. Olmstead closed it out for Portland, coming on to pitch a perfect eighth and shutting the door in the ninth, getting Jordan Henry to ground into a double play and striking out Juan Diaz to end it.
“Those are some good arms over there,” said Aeros manager Chris Tremie. “They commanded their fastballs well and did a good job of keeping us off balance at the end of the ballgame.”
Akron started the game’s scoring with three runs in the third. Jordan Henry hit an RBI double that scored Tyler Holt and Nick Weglarz had an RBI double of his own to give the Aeros a 3-0 lead after three.
However, the Aeros (68-48) were essentially blanked the rest of the evening and could muster only one hit over the final three innings of the game.
Akron starter TJ House was having a quality start through five innings before giving up three runs on four hits and one walk. House had a runner at first and two outs before surrendering the runs. Portland left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run RBI single with the bases loaded to score Matt Spring and Jackie Bradley. Designated hitter Bryce Brentz followed that up with a single to score Marquez Smith and tie the game at 3-3.
“I though TJ pitched a good game,” said Tremie. “He commanded his pitches well, and I thought he had a solid outing through five until he gave up a couple runs, but that happens; overall, a good outing for him.”
The 19-year-old shortstop Bogaerts, regarded as one of the top two prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization, hit a tie-breaking, solo home run to center field off of reliever Rob Bryson (4-3), helping the Sea Dogs out on their way to victory.
Portland (55-63) added a run in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a pair of one-out walks by Bryson. The Aeros brought in Loek van Mil, who quickly surrendered a base hit to Bogaerts to load the bases. Portland catcher Matt Spring followed with a groundout to force in a run and make it 5-3.
The Aeros will continue their homestand as they welcome in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) Friday night at 6:05. The teams will resume and complete a game suspended last Sunday in New Hampshire, then play the game originally scheduled for Friday.