A rough night for Aeros starting pitcher Robert Whitenack dug a hole too deep for the offense to dig out of. In just four innings of work, the right-hander dished up seven runs on eight walks, two wild pitches and four hits (including a three-run home run). Of the 84 pitches he threw, only 37 were strikes.
The bad start resulted in a 9-1 Harrisburg runaway victory, as the Aeros offense mustered just one run in the seventh inning on a double by catcher Jake Lowrey. Senators starter Taylor Jordan handcuffed the host’s offense, limiting Akron to just the lone run while scattering eight hits and striking out five in seven sound innings.
Meanwhile Jordan’s offense sparked the offensive outburst with a four-run second inning. With two outs and an 0-2 count on second baseman Ricky Hague, Whitenack gave up a thre—run home run that opened the flood gates.
The Senators (27-25) tacked on a run in the third inning, three more in the fifth as reliever Cole Cook took over for Whitenack and one more solo run in the sixth before Cook settled in.
* UP NEXT - Aeros right-hander Will Roberts (3-2, 4.08 ERA) is slated to face Senators Rob Gilliam (1-0, 1.80 ERA) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park.