Akron, OH -- Fisher Cats starter Yohan Pino and the New Hampshire bullpen combined to hold Akron to just five hits, shutting out the Aeros, 3-0, on Sunday at Canal Park.
With the loss, the Aeros (70-50) lost the series and the final game of their homestand. The series loss was the second on the current homestand. Akron remains in first place in the Eastern League Western Division.
New Hampshire (48-73) won two out of three games against Akron, not including the completion of a suspended game.
Pino (7-7, 3.48) earned the win for New Hampshire, throwing six innings of two-hit ball while walking three and striking out five. The former Aero now has four quality starts in a row. Ronald Uviedo, Chorye Spoone and Trystan Magnuson followed Pino, surrendering no runs over the last three innings.
Brett Brach (3-5, 4.68) took the loss in his second game back with the Aeros, going 5.1 innings while allowing just two runs on four hits and one walk. He matched a season-high with five strikeouts.
Shawn Armstrong relieved Brach in the sixth inning and stranded a runner despite walking two hitters of his own. Trey Haley was the only Akron reliever to surrender a run, which came on a two-out strikeout that resulted in a wild pitch. Jose Flores and Preston Guilmet each followed with quiet innings of relief, surrendering one hit apiece.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when John Tolisano hit a solo home run to the top of the bleachers in right. The Fisher Cats added runs in the sixth and seventh innings to extend the lead to 3-0. Center fielder Jake Marisnick collected two hits, including a triple.
Second baseman Matt Lawson was the only Aero to collect multiple hits on the day as the team struggled to string together a threat. Right fielder Jordan Henry and catcher Michel Hernandez both hit doubles to round out Akron’s offense for the day. Hernandez also logged his first stolen base of the season, and his first since 2010, which came after he had walked in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Aeros have an off day tomorrow, but will hit the road for a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators, starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. Right-hander Kevin Pucetas (7-5, 3.64) will start for Harrisburg against Akron righty Paolo Espino (7-2, 3.02).
Notes: Thomas Neal drew two walks on the day. … Akron’s offense was best summed up by Nick Weglarz throwing his bat into right field following his second strikeout. … Announced attendance: 4,847.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.