House, Aeros struggle early, lose 5-2
Erie, PA -- Akron starter T.J. House pitched just one inning and Erie designated hitter Tony Plagman had two doubles and an RBI as the SeaWolves beat the Aeros, 5-2, on Monday night at Jerry Uht Park.
House (7-4, 3.72) walked the bases loaded to begin the game as the SeaWolves piled on four in the first. Erie scored their first run on a force out that erased the runner at second. Avisail Garcia followed with an one-out, RBI-single and advanced to second on a throwing error by right fielder Jordan Henry. Rawley Bishop followed with another RBI-single before Plagman drove in a fourth run with his first double on the night.
House didn’t come out for the second inning and was replaced by Kyle Landis. On the night, House allowed four runs on three hits, three walks and one strikeout. The lack of command was unusual for House who had walked just six batters in his last three starts (19 innings pitched).
Landis followed House with two and one-third innings of effective relief, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out three. Shawn Armstrong relieved Landis in the fourth with one out and runners on second and third, but proceeded to walk the next two batters, scoring one of Landis’ baserunners. Armstrong finished the inning by striking out the next two hitters.
Bryce Stowell, Cole Cook and Preston Guilmet combined to pitch four scoreless innings, working around a combined six Erie baserunners.
Patrick Cooper (3-8, 4.89) earned the win for Erie after pitching seven shutout innings. He spread around five hits and a walk while striking out eight hitters.
Tyler Stohr and Michael Morrison both pitched without success in the eighth, as each pitcher was unable to record an out. Stohr walked the bases loaded before being replaced by Morrison who proceeded walk two more Akron hitters.
With two runs scored, the Aeros had pulled within three runs and still had the bases loaded with no outs, but Robbie Weinhardt proceeded to strike out three consecutive hitters to end the inning. Weinhardt also pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.
Henry and shortstop Ryan Rohlinger had two hits apiece to lead the Aeros offense, but both failed to score. Center fielder Tyler Holt and third baseman Carlos Rojas both drew two walks and scored a run.
Akron went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the night and left 10 runners on base.
The three games series will continue tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Toru Murata (2-1, 3.14) will take the mound for Akron against Erie lefty Ramon Garcia (8-9, 4.12).
Notes: Jesus Aguilar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. … Matt Lawson had one hit to extend his hitting streak to seven games. … Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie was ejected by the home plate umpire in the fourth. … Announced attendance: 6,743.
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.