Akron Air Raid: Down to the Wire
Akron will need to get a lot of luck and win a vast majority of the seven games left. It will be an uphill battle, but they are still playing for something at least.
It's been a few weeks since an Akron Air Raid, so let's refresh things and get to work as the season winds down. There's just a little over a week left of action before the minor league regular season winds down.
Austin Adams continues to put together a great season and has really established himself as the headliner of this Aeros rotation. The right-hander from Alabama picked up two more victories to improve to 11-10 on the season and now has a 3.77 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out seven in one game last week and six in another to bring his season strikeout total to 131, good enough for fifth in the Eastern League.
Teammate Matt Packer is eighth in the EL in strikeouts with 121 after he picked up just two in a loss last week. The only other pitcher to pick up a win was Steven Wright, who found his way into a win after giving up five runs off eight hits and five walks in six-plus innings.
T.J. McFarland received a no-decision after going six frames and giving up just one earned run off seven hits and four walks.
W, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K
L, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
6 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K
L, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K
W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 6 K
Cory Burns continues to pad his Akron Aeros franchise record of saves with a pair, but he did take the loss in a contest
Bryce Stowell was busy and he ended up striking out five hitters and walking two over the course of four-plus innings. Stowell has now pitched in ten game since arriving in Akron, carrying a 2.45 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Finally, Adam Miller did not pitch this past week. He last pitched August 20th against Richmond when he gave up a pair of earned runs off three hits and two walks.
Kelvin De La Cruz
1 SV, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
2-19, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
3-18, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 6 BB, 4 K
1-18, 3 RBI, 1 R, 5 K
The Aeros are a score first or suffer the consequences type of a team this year. They are a remarkable 50-15 when scoring first, however are 18-51 when the other team scores first. They've had good success against Bowie (11-6) and Altoona (11-9), but have especially struggled against Erie (9-10).