AKRON AEROS 3, BOWIE BAYSOX 1
KEY STATS: Newly-anointed Aeros starting pitcher Erik Stiller pitched a season-high 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits...Right-hander Carlton Smith came on in relief and also produced his longest outing of the season with 3 2/3 scoreless innings...Bowie snapped it's three-game losing streak with the win while Akron's three-game winning streak was halted.
"I thought they both pitched well," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "Stiller threw much better this time out and Smith, once again, was solid."
KEY MOMENTS: Aeros catcher Carlos Santana led off the second inning with a walk and scored on outfielder Nick Weglarz's double. The RBI marked Weglarz's eighth on the current home stand.
"I've made a few adjustments at the plate," said Weglarz, who has raised his batting average to .192 from under sub-.100. "I feel real good right now."
Throwing errors in the third and fourth innings by Aeros third baseman Jared Goedert led to a pair of Bowie unearned runs that provided the winning margin.
STORM'S STARS: Bowie's left-fielder Jonathon Tucker went 2-for-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI...Baysox starter Jake Arrieta improved to 3-1 with the win, limiting the host to one run on four hits while striking out six.
"You gotta tip your hat to (Arietta), he threw the ball well tonight," Sarbaugh said. "I think we came out a little flat and he kept us in check. His stuff is firm, he has real good life late in the zone and I thought he mixed his breaking ball and change up in well."
UP NEXT: The Aeros continue this three-game series with the Baysox tonight at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. Aeros right-hander Hector Rondon (5-0, 1.23 ERA) and Baysox left-hander Bobby Livingston (2-1, 3.77 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
NOTES: Monday's game against Bowie was the first of a handful of games that will be filmed by Sports Time Ohio and aired via tape delay. Monday's game will air May 18th at 7 p.m. - which is an off day for both the Aeros and Indians.
ROSTER MOVES: The Aeros made a pair of moves before Monday's game as right-handed reliever Michael Finocchi was released and right-hander Randy Newsom returned to Akron from a stint in Triple-A Columbus.
Finocchi appeared in five games for the Aeros, going 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA. He hadn't worked since April 30th and had walked nine batters while striking out three in 5 1/3 innings.
Newsom didn't see much action for the Clippers either, appearing in just two games while allowing a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings for a 5.40 ERA. The side-armer began the season with the Aeros, going 2-0 with one save and a 1.08 ERA in six appearances. Opposing Eastern League hitters were batting just .138 against Newsom, who is also the single-season and career record holder in saves for the Aeros franchise.
There was activity in Sarbaugh's office after Monday night's game, which means more moves are likely pending. Stay tuned for them Tuesday.