Packer leads Aeros to 3-0 win
Packer strikes out 10 as Aeros take series opener
ERIE- In a shutout pitcher’s duel through seven innings, Aeros’ starter Matt Packer stole the show and got his second win of the season as the Akron Aeros defeated the Erie SeaWolves 3-0.
In seven innings of work, Packer allowed just five hits, no runs, and struck out a whopping 10 Erie batters. He threw only 92 pitches, 62 of which were strikes. Coming in at 1-5 with a 3.42 ERA, Packer surprised everyone with such a great performance.
While Packer dominated for Akron, Seawolves’ starter Patrick Cooper matched his numbers toe-to-toe until the top of the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Aeros finally showed signs of life when left fielder Cedric Hunter doubled giving the Aeros a running in scoring position. Cooper was quick to return to form, getting the next two guys out. Carlos Moncrief came to the plate next and walked, which finally turned the tide for the Aeros. With two men on, two men out, and a 3-2 count, catcher Roberto Perez smashed a ball to deep centerfield for a double, scoring Hunter and Moncrief and giving the Aeros a 2-0 lead.
After Packer got through the seventh with relative ease, the Aeros bats extended the lead in the top of the eighth. Cooper got the first out of the inning, but second baseman Jose Ramirez drilled yet another double for the Aeros into the gap. Centerfielder Tyler Holt made quick work of the next Cooper pitch by sending it to center, scoring Rodriguez.
Hunter couldn’t move Holt over and popped out for the second out of the inning, but after Hunter’s at bat, Cooper couldn’t find the strike zone. Cooper walked back-to-back batters, loading the bases for Aeros right fielder Carlos Moncrief. As he did all night, Cooper battled back and struck out Moncrief to end the inning.
Packer’s night was done after seven innings, but Aeros reliever Rob Bryson picked up right where he left off, only allowing a single hit before retiring three straight Erie batters.
Cooper’s night was done after eight, and while he was no Packer, his numbers were pretty solid. In his eight innings, Cooper allowed seven hits, three runs, and three walks while striking out five.
Reliever David Kopp replaced Cooper and shut the Aeros down with a walk, a strike out, and a double play to end the inning.
Entering the bottom of the ninth down 3-0, the Seawolves tried to mount a comeback off of Aeros closer Rob Bryson, but came up unsuccessful. Stowell struck out the side on just twelve pitches, secured the win and the shutout for the Aeros.
The Aeros won their second straight game after falling in five straight and nine out of the last 11. They are now at 22-26 on the season. Erie falls to 28-18.
Packer got his second win of the year, and now stands at 2-5, while Cooper moves to 2-4.
Hopefully this dominant outing for Packer turns into a trend and helps to get the Aeros back on track.
First pitch is set for 7:05 pm from Jerry UHT Park.