House, Aeros shut down Baysox, 3-0
AKRON -- Lefty T.J. House and three Aeros relievers combined to throw a four-hit shutout Tuesday, as the Akron Aeros defeated the Bowie Baysox, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Canal Park.
Shortstop Ryan Rohlinger hit a two-RBI single in the second off Baysox starter Timothy Bascom (3-3, 4.12), giving the Aeros all the run support needed to win.
“That was a big at bat by Rohlinger -- he came up with a line drive up the middle that scored two runs that put us ahead,” said Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie.
Left fielder Matt Lawson, who entered the game after an injury to Thomas Neal, added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 3-0.
“Lawson, with runners on second and third, hitting a deep fly ball that moved both runners over,” said Tremie. “A very good at-bat.”
Aeros starter T.J. House (4-1, 2.80) worked five and one-third innings to earn the win. House struggled with his command through the first few innings, walking four batters. After walking the bases loaded in the first inning, he worked his way out of the jam with his only strikeout of the night. He allowed four hits.
“He gutted out a good performance,” said Tremie. “He struggled with his command a little bit, especially early, but he found a way to prevent any damage.”
After retiring the first batter in the sixth, House left after allowing a one-out double to first baseman Robbie Widlansky. Right-hander Jose De La Torre entered the game and stranded Widlansky with a pair of strikeouts. De La Torre stayed on to pitch a scoreless seventh.
Bryce Stowell pitched the eighth, striking out one batter and walking none. It was his third appearance since coming off the disabled list.
“[My arm] feels pretty good,” said Stowell. “I’m working on it every day with our trainer, Chad Wolfe, before the game. It’s something that I’m just trying to stay on top of.”
Stowell, who missed over a month with a right forearm strain, is pitching without restrictions after finding out he wouldn’t need surgery.
“When I got the news back from a couple doctors that it wasn’t a slam dunk need for surgery, it was something where I thought I could beat it,” said Stowell. “I’m working through it right now. So far, so good.”
Stowell set the table for closer Preston Guilmet, who recorded three straight outs to end the game, earning his sixth save of the season in eight opportunities.
Akron (30-19) improved to 7-3 against the Baysox on the season, and 18-7 at Canal Park. Second-place Harrisburg was rained out Tuesday, increasing the Aeros’ lead in the Eastern League Western Division to 3.5 games.
The Aeros and Baysox will meet again in a special Education Day game at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday. Right-hander Sean Gleason (0-1, 5.89) will start for Bowie against Akron left-hander Giovanni Soto (4-2, 4.07).
Notes: Tremie said Thomas Neal is day-to-day with his injury and will be reevaluated tomorrow. ... Nick Weglarz went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Tim Fedroff is hitless in his last three games. ... The game was delayed 30 minutes because of rain water on the field. ... Announced attendance: 1,196.
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.