Sadler shuts out Aeros, 4-0
ALTOONA, PA- Friday night in Pennsylvania, the Akron Aeros continued their losing streak. Shut-down by Altoona Curve righthander Casey Sadler, the Aeros only managed to get four hits in nine innings of ball.
Last time Sadler faced Akron he was hit in the knee off a hard line drive the very first batter of the game. The shot from Aeros second basemen Jose Ramirez left Sadler on the DL for most of July. This time though, no Akron batters could touch him. In his second start since being activated, Sadler threw six innings against Akron, giving up only three hits and striking out two.
Starting on the mound for the Aeros was RHP Will Roberts (7-8). Roberts threw six full innings for Akron, gave up all four runs, and struck out three Curve batters. Things started slipping away from Roberts in the fifth inning when Altoona's Justin Howard and Mel Rojas Jr. both hit solo home runs.
In the seventh, Roberts was relieved by righty Austin Adams, but not before giving up a double and walk to put runners on first and second. Adams then quickly loaded the bases. After a strange 'safe' call on a force out at home plate, Altoona's Alen Hanson followed with an RBI double to make the score 4-0 Altoona.
Akron's lineup struggled all game. Of their four total hits, only two were extra base hits. First basemen Jesus Aguilar and third basemen Giovanny Urshela both hit doubles, but despite their efforts Akron failed to get a run up on the board.
The Aeros and the Curve face off again Saturday night at 6:00 in Altoona. The Aeros have a record of 53-59.