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Aeros improve to 2-0; Thursday's Aeros game box

By sstorm Published: April 9, 2009


KEY STATS - Bowie starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, the Baltimore Orioles No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, held the Aeros to one hit over four innings, walking one batter while striking out eight.

"That kid who started, Arietta, he's pretty impressive," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said of the Orioles fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft. "He's got big league stuff."

KEY MOMENTS - After being held to a mere infield single by Arrieta, the Aeros promptly made up for lost time against the Baysox bullpen. They plated their first run in the fifth on a Beau Mills RBI single and scored their second run without the aid of a hit in the sixth. Three walks, a Niuman Romero sacrifice bunt and Johnny Drennen sacrifice fly proved to be textbook in manufacturing the winning run.

"Niuman getting that bunt down and being able to move us gave us that second run," Sarbaugh said.

STORM'S STARS - Aeros starting pitcher Frank Hermann earned his first victory of the season and new closer Vinnie Pestano notched his first career Double-A save.

Hermann issued just one walk and limited Bowie to one run in six innings.

"Frank just kind of picked up where he left off last year," Sarbaugh said of Hermann, who was 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA last season with the Aeros. "He kept the ball down and just made that one mistake against Krynzel (a solo home run in the fourth inning). It was one of those games where we needed that type of outing and he gave it to us big time."

In his first appearance with the team, Pestano sat the Baysox down in order in the ninth, ending the game by getting Krynzel to go down looking.

"For his first outing I was very impressed," Sarbaugh said. "He pounded the strike zone with his fastball, and that back-door slider to end the game was really impressive."

UP NEXT - Akron and Bowie continue their four-game opening series tonight at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. Aeros right-hander Josh Tomlin and Bowie left-hander Troy Patton are the scheduled starters.

Tomlin, the Indians 19th selection in the 2006 draft out of Texas Tech University, will be making his Double-A debut. He went 9-5 with three saves and a stingy 2.98 ERA in 40 games (nine starts) last season at high Class-A Kinton.

NOTEBOOK - For a relatively young lineup, the Aeros offense has shown remarkable veteran savvy over their first two games. In addition to being patient at the plate to work a combined 16 walks, they have also stayed within their approach.

"They haven't really gone out of the zone very often and have been making Bowie pitchers throw a lot of pitches," Sarbaugh said.

* Young Aeros outfielder Nick Weglarz took another O-fer Thursday, making him 0-for-6 with five strikeouts to start the season.

"He's fine," Sarbaugh said. "He just needs to get that first (hit) and he'll be fine."

Weglarz, a member of Team Canada in last summer's Olympics, and more recently a member of the Canadian squad in the World Baseball Classic, is the Tribe's third best prospect according to BA.

The Indians third selection in the 2005 draft out of Ontario, Weglarz batted .272 with 20 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 106 games at Kinston last year. He also recorded nearly as many walks (71) as strikeouts (78) over that same span.

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