ERIE SEAWOLVES 8, AKRON AEROS 1
KEY STATS: Aeros starting pitcher Josh Tomlin spotted the SeaWolves a six-run lead while using 52 pitches before finally settling in the third inning. Tomlin settled down and retired the rest of the batters he faced save for one via walk, but the Aeros were never able to dig out as Tomlin gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings.
"Josh wasn't as sharp as he has been," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "And they took advantage early and never looked back."
KEY MOMENTS: Erie first baseman Ryan Strieby hit his league-leading 12th home run in the first inning with a bomb to centerfield that landed halfway up the batter's eye, some 425-feet to straight away center...The Aeros lone run came in the second when Carlos Santana led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Matt McBride's sacrifice fly.
STORM'S STARS: The SeaWolves offense, which ranks second in the league, put the game away early en route to an eight-run, 10-hit attack.
"You gotta give Erie's offense credit, they swung the bats really well," Sarbaugh said. "They took advantage of some pitched out and over the plate early."
Erie's pitching staff did its part as well as starter Duane Below limited the host to a run on two hits over 6 1/3 innings.
UP NEXT: The Aeros wrap up this four-game series Erie with the final game today at Canal Park at 1:35 p.m. Aeros right-hander Hector Rondon (5-2, 2.17 ERA) and SeaWolves right-hander Luis Marte (2-4, 4.81 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.