House dominates as Aeros win 5-1
House strikes out nine in strong effort
TRENTON, NJ – The Akron Aeros snapped their three game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder Tuesday. The win evened up the series at 1-1.
Akron left handed pitcher T.J. House started for the Aeros and got the win after pitching six scoreless innings and facing only 20 batters for the night. He also recorded nine strikeouts in the contest.
Trenton finally got on the board in the seventh when pitcher Cole Cook relieved House. After four batters, the Thunder scored and had runners on third and second due to a throwing error by center fielder Carlos Moncrief. Edward Paredes then replaced Cook and struck out the next two Trenton batters to finish the inning.
The Aeros’ bats started off the night cold and did not record their first hit until the third inning. The 20-year-old shortstop Ronny Rodriguez hit a double to center field, which was followed by a RBI-single from Tyler Holt, which scored Rodriguez. Holt then stole second and scored on the next play. Holt recorded two stolen bases for the night.
The Thunder’s defense proved to be beneficial for Akron in the fourth. Jesus Aguilar started the inning by avoiding the strikeout due to a passed ball by the catcher. Left fielder Quincy Latimore later reached second base, thanks to a throwing error, which sent Aguilar to third. The right hander Zach Nuding then walked the next two batters, which forced in Aguilar and gave the Aeros a 3-0 lead.
The newest addition to the Akron Aeros, catcher Chris Wallace, made his debut after being acquired from the Houston Astros. Wallace struck out twice, but recorded one RBI.
Thunder pitcher Jeremey Bleich came on in the fifth inning and held Akron’s offense scoreless for four innings.
Tonight’s win does little for the Akron Aeros’ standings in the Eastern League. The Aeros are still in last place of the western division behind the Altoona Curve. Akron has improved its’ record to 4-8 with Tuesday night’s 5-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder.
The Aeros and the Thunder will square off once more in Trenton before the Aeros return to Akron for a seven-game home stand.
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