Aeros split another doubleheader
AKRON – The Aeros split their second double-header in two days with Binghamton on Wednesday night at Canal Park, winning the first game 2-0 and dropping the second 5-1, ending the team’s 13-game home win streak.
The Aeros won the first game with Binghamton 2-0, thanks in large part to a two-hit shutout by starting pitcher T.J. House (5-2), who picked up his fifth win of the season for Akron. House pitched a gem of a game, going a full seven innings while walking two and striking out four.
Aeros manager Chris Tremie liked what he saw in his starter, and felt that House had his stuff working Wednesday night.
“T.J. had a great outing [throwing] seven shutout innings, and really threw the ball well," Tremie said. "He was able to locate his fastball well, keep it down, and threw some good off-speed pitches as well. He had a really strong outing.”
The Aeros mustered only four hits off of Binghamton starter Zack Wheeler (6-3), but scored one run in the second and third innings to provide House with all the run support he needed.
In the nightcap, the Aeros fell to the B-Mets 5-1 in the Double-A debut for both teams’ starting pitchers, Akron’s Francisco Jimenez and Binghamton’s Cory Mazzoni.
Akron got on the board in the first inning thanks to a two-out RBI single by Nick Weglarz, but that was all the Aeros would be able to put on the scoreboard in the game.
Binghamton exploded for four runs in the fourth, breaking a 1-1 tie to push ahead 5-1 and provide the B-Mets with plenty of insurance. Aeros manager Chris Tremie was ejected in the fourth inning after giving umpire Ramon De Jesus an earful after what Tremie felt was an incorrect call on a bang-bang play at first that could have ended the inning for the Aeros. Mazzoni (1-0) handled the rest. He pitched a complete game, giving up five hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out four.
It was a tough first outing for Jimenez (0-1), who pitched 3.2 innings and gave up seven hits, five earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
Despite the rough outing, Tremie saw plenty of positives from the start.
“I thought Jimenez did a nice job," Tremie said. "It was his first Double-A start, and I’m sure he was a little nervous, but he showed good composure.
“He threw the ball well, and if a couple things here and there go a little differently, his outing may have been a little different, but overall I think the kid did really well in his first start.”
Loek Van Mil and Rob Bryson came out of the bullpen and provided the Aeros with 3.1 shutout innings to minimize the damage, giving up one hit and striking out five.
The Aeros will continue their series with Binghamton on Thursday at Canal Park starting at 7:05. Lefty Giovanni Soto is scheduled to go for the Aeroes while Binghamton is set to counter with righty Gonzalez Germen.