ERIE -- The Akron Aeros fell behind early and the Erie SeaWolves (24-23) added on often to beat Akron 7-3.
Brett Brach (1-2, 4.96) struggled out of the gate, failing to keep runners off base in his three and two-thirds innings of work. Brach walked the first batter he faced and allowed a walk to the next batter, second baseman Brandon Douglas. With runners on second and third, Brach induced a ground out that scored one runner. The next batter singled up the middle to score Erie’s second run.
After extending the lead to 3-0 in the third, the SeaWolves added two more runs in the fourth. Right fielder Tony Plagman hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a ground out. Plagman scored on a throwing error by first baseman Chun Chen that would have ended the inning. After another error by third baseman Kyle Bellows, Brach allowed allowed a RBI double to left to make the score 5-0.
After another walk, Brach was removed from the game, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out four Erie batters.
Jose De La Torre, Bryce Stowell, Rob Bryson and Bryan Price combined to pitch the final four and one-third innings. Stowell and Bryson each allowed an earned run in one inning of work.
The Aeros lineup was kept quiet except for a three-run outburst in the top of the seventh inning.
After two ground outs to begin the inning, center fielder Tim Fedroff hit his second home run of the season to left field. Shortstop Ryan Rohlinger followed the homer with a walk, before designated hitter Adam Abraham hit the Aeros second home run of the inning to left. Abraham’s homer was his fourth of the season and brought the score to 6-3.
Fedroff had two hits on the night, but he was the only Aero with more than one hit. Chen went 0-for-4, his second hitless game in a row.
The Aeros loss took one game off their lead in the Eastern League Western Division, as second-place Harrisburg defeated Reading, 5-4. Akron now leads Harrisburg by three games.
The Aeros (28-18) will continue the series with Erie on Sunday afternoon. The Aeros starter is unannounced, while the SeaWolves will start right-hander Patrick Cooper (0-0, 10.80). Following the series with the SeaWolves, the Aeros will return to Canal Park on May 29th.
Notes: Bryce Stowell’s run allowed was his first run allowed this season. ... The Aeros left nine runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. ... Announced attendance: 4,110.
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.