In Tuesday's 7-4 loss, reliever Scott Roehl held Erie to a hit and walk over 2 2/3 scoreless innings. It was as positive of a sign as the Aeros have seen out of the right-hander, who for all his success at high Class-A Kinston, has struggled every time he's been promoted to Akron the last few years.
"I've (managed) him now for three or four years and what he did (in Tuesday's outing) is what I've seen in the past,'' Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "He was in control, he mixed up his pitches and he really kept us in the game.''
In 7 2/3 innings spanning four appearances, Roehl is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA. He has allowed 10 runs, but just four earned on seven hits and five walks while striking out six.
Not great numbers, but not as bad as Roehl has looked in the past in previous stints in Akron. Consider that he went 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two games in 2005, 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA in seven games in '06.
And now, after a another rough start, he finally seems to be finding his footage in Double-A.
WALK THIS WAY - Chris Gimenez's 15-game streak of reaching base safely came to an end Tuesday, although the Aeros catcher did make it to first base in the fourth inning via error. However, Gimenez's penchant for working a walk - he leads the team with 17 free passes in 16 games - has him ranked fourth in the 12-team league with a .448 on-base percentage.