Indians left-handed pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz was solid in his Canal Park debut Wednesday afternoon in the sweltering heat, but not good enough to get his first Double-A win.
The Tribe's fourth-best prospect according to Baseball America entering the season, limited visiting Altoona to just one run on three hits in five innings of work. But the Areos offense managed only three hits in a 4-0 shutout by the Curve, keeping Akron from clinching a three-game sweep.
Still, Pomeranz was saddled with the loss despite striking out six while walking two. He was one-upped by Altoona right-hander Kyle McPherson, who picked up the win after tossing six scoreless innings. He scattered two hits and struck out six while walking just one batter.
Curve right-handed releiver Michael Dubee complete the shutout with two scoreless innings of relief to record the save.
The only run against Pomeranz came in the third inning when Brad Chalk scored on Starling Marte's sacrifice fly. Altoona added padded its lead against Aeros reliever Adam Miller with two more runs on back-to-back RBI doubles from Brock Holt and Andrew Lambo in the eighth inning before adding an insurance run in the ninth.
Next up for the Aeros (51-47) is a four-game series at Erie beginning Thursday.