The Aeros spotted the SeaWolves a 7-0 lead before attempting a comeback Wednesday morning against Erie, pulling to within two runs before falling 7-5 in front of 8,871 at Canal Park.
Aeros left fielder Nick Weglarz kicked off the rally with a three-run home run that cleared the right field bleachers in the sixth inning, his first of two homers on the day.
In the seventh, first baseman Adam Abraham added a two-out solo shot, also to right to further trim the deficit. Weglarz’s solo homer led off the eighth inning to pulled the Aeros to within two runs, but that was as close as the Aeros would get.
Erie starter Ramon Garcia entered the 10:35 a.m. game with a bloated 10.64 ERA, then went on to hold the emerging Akron offense scoreless over the first five innings, scattering just four hits.
But with Garcia’s day done after five innings, the Aeros batters greeted the first Erie reliever they saw in the sixth saw with a bang, and began to put pressure on the SeaWolves’ bullpen.
Aeros starter Giovanni Soto held the SeaWolves scoreless until the fourth inning, when they broke up the scoreless tie with three runs. Then SeaWolves scored four against Soto and three more against Aeros reliever Toru Murata en route to seven unanswered runs.
Despite Erie pounding out 11 hits on the afternoon, the damage could have been much worse without the strong arm of Aeros catcher Roberto Perez keeping the SeaWolves in check on the bases.
Perez threw out two SeaWolves batters attempting to swipe second base in the fourth and fifth innings, then picked off another Erie batter in the seventh who’d wandered a little too far off first base and couldn’t dive back to the bag in time to beat Perez’s throw.
Another highlight for the host was new pitcher, 7-foot-1 Loek van Mil, who struck out two batters in a quick ninth inning in his Aeros debut.
The Aeros continue their homestand Thursday at 7:05 p.m. when Harrisburg arrives in town for a four-game series.