Murata struggles as Aeros fall 7-2
ERIE- The Erie SeaWolves devastated the Akron Aeros 7-2 at Jerry Uht Park Sunday. Akron’s offense was unable to make up for the deficit caused by ineffective pitching, and Sunday quickly turned into a repeat performance of Saturday’s match up by both offenses.
Erie’s starting pitcher Matt Crouse played a huge role in the defeat of Akron. Crouse pitched six scoreless innings, allowing the Aeros only two hits. The left-handed pitcher earned the win for himself with help from Erie’s strong offense.
Toru Murata started on the mound for Akron Sunday evening. Murata’s performance eventually earned himself the loss, his third off the season.
In the first inning it was clear Murata would have a hard time containing the Erie offense. After the Seawolves scored three runs, Murata ended the inning with a strikeout.
The Seawolves weren’t done there stealing two bases in the third, one earned after a throwing error by CatcherRoberto Perez. This would eventually lead to Erie scoring another run increasing their lead.
Akron’s bat’s continued to stay silent while Erie took advantage of a weakened starting pitcher in the fifth inning putting two more runs on the board. The Aeros remained scoreless until the seventh inning, when a pitching change by Erie enabled the offense to score two runs.
After designated hitter Quincy Latimore and Roberto Perez drew walks, Ronny Rodriguez hit his seventeenth RBI sending Latimore home. Perez was not far behind scoring on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 6-2.
Unfortunately, even after a pitching change in the sixth inning by Akron to reliever Jordan Cooper Erie was not done. After pitching one solid inning, Cooper allowed the SeaWolves to score another run in the seventh inning. Cooper was able to accomplish two strikeouts during his two innings pitched.
Although closer Austin Adams held off Erie for the eighth inning, Akron was unable to make a comeback, leaving the score at 7-2.
Akron has most recently struggled, allowing their record to drop below .500. The former Eastern League Champions have also been slowly dropping lower in the Eastern League Western standings, currently sitting at second to last.
Sunday’s loss brought the series to 2-1, and leaves one game left in this away stance to be played Monday at 1:35. Starting pitcher Brett Brach is scheduled to face the Seawolves. Akron will then head back home to Canal Park to face the Harrisburg Senators for a three-game home stand.
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