AEROS 2, BAYSOX 1
Akron starting pitcher Josh Tomlin reached the seventh inning for the first time this season. The right-hander took a shutout through six innings, only needing 78 pitches to do so, 15 of which did not find the strike zone.
Tomlin's eight balls in the seventh inning was one less than he threw in the first four innings combined. He threw 98 pitches overall in the game, 75 were strikes.
Tomlin retired 15 consecutive batters and faced the bare minimum of 18 batters. He struck out eight, walked none; allowed five hits and one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.
``I felt good with all my pitches today,’’ Tomlin said. ``I felt like I could command both side of the plate and elevate when I needed to.’’
Aeros left fielder Nick Weglarz continues to hit well after struggling through the first month of the season. Tuesday He was 2-3 with two opposite field singles to left field, a walk and an RBI. He is now 13-29 with 14 RBI in the month of May, pushing his season average up to .212 for the year.
The Aeros were able to get back-to-back RBI singles by Matt McBride and Nick Weglarz with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both players lined the ball to the left side, giving the Aeros the only runs they would need.
``You have to get those big hits on a guy like (Baysox starter Troy) Patton, the way he was throwing today,’’ Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. ``We just needed that chance and (starter) Josh (Tomlin) kept us in the game by throwing a shutout through six.’’
Star of the game:
Tomlin was a model of efficiency, throwing strikes 76.5 percent of the time Tuesday. he faced the bare minimum through six innings (18 batters) and retired 15 straight at one point. Tomlin struck out eight, walked none, allowed one earned run and five hits.
``I thought he threw really well,’’ Sarbaugh said. ``He kept them off balance, mixed his pitches in really well. They really couldn’t sit on one thing and that is what makes him the pitcher he is.’’
The Aeros travel to Altoona for a five-game set beginning tomorrow. Akron right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 0.75 ERA) and Altoona left hander Kyle Bloom (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will pitch game one.