Soto not sharp in Aeros 6-3 loss
ERIE, PA – Erie’s Rawley Bishop went 3-4, with three RBI’s Monday night, and helped lead the SeaWolves to a 6-3 victory over the Akron Aeros at Jerry Uht Park.
The Aeros (22-13) have now lost a season-high four straight games. The SeaWolves, meanwhile, won for the sixth straight time. Akron’s division lead now stands at 2 ½ over Harrisburg, and 3 ½ over Erie.
The SeaWolves (19-18) jumped on Aeros starter Giovanni Soto (3-2) with two runs in the first inning. After loading the bases with no outs, Erie got back-to-back sacrifice flies by Jordan Lennerton and Ben Guez created an early 2-0 lead.
The SeaWolves never trailed in the game.
After the Aeros got on the board with an RBI triple by Tim Fedroff in the third, Erie made it 3-1, with another run off Soto in the bottom of the third. Akron’s Adam Abraham then launched a solo home run to right in the fourth to make it 3-2. It was Abraham’s third of the year.
Enter Bishop in the fifth to widen the gap. With the bases loaded again, Bishop blooped an opposite field double to right to chase home two more runs and make it 5-2. It was the last batter Soto faced. Bishop later added another RBI double in the seventh, for good measure.
Lefty Ramon Garcia (2-2) pitched more like the famed Indian Mike Garcia on this night, hurling eight innings and scattering three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out three. It was his longest outing of the season, and his second straight win against the Aeros.
Robbie Weinhardt worked the ninth for his second save.
In atypical fashion, Soto walked four hitters. He had only issued seven walks in his previous 32 innings.
Kyle Bellows added a solo home run in the seventh off Garcia, his second of the season. In a statistical oddity, all five Aeros hits went for extra bases—two doubles, two homers and a triple.
The Aeros and SeaWolves will play the second game of the series at 6:35 Tuesday night. LHP T.J. Mcfarland (6-1, 2.18) will attempt to be the stopper for Akron. RHP Zack Segovia (4-2, 4.31) will get the ball for Erie.