A few of you have mentioned Scott Lewis in recent posts, so I wanted to clear some things up.
According to the Indians, Lewis is not hurt per say. After his last start in the regular season he mentioned some tingling and numbness in his left pitching arm, so the Indians brass just decided to play it safe and shut him down.
It's a good big-picture move for Lewis, who's had Tommy John surgery and pitched on a limited pitch count (70) all last season. This year, the Aeros slowly built up his innings by cautiously expanding his pitch limit from 70 to 100 by season's end. Still, that's a lot of extra work for an arm that was so limited the previous year.
Rather than risk anything, Lewis was shut down for the playoffs. That's one of the reason's right-hander Jake Dittler ended up throwing Game Two Thursday in Erie. The other reason is that because the Aeros went on such a hot run at the end of the regular season and almost caught Erie, the team wasn't able to rest some key starters and set up the rotation for the playoffs.
Thus, the team comes home today with the best-of-five series tied 1-1. Left-hander Jeremy Sowers goes tonight (Friday) for the Aeros, followed by right-hander Bobby Brownlie scheduled for Game Four Saturday. If a Game Five back in Erie is needed, Aeros manager Tim Bogar said Thursday night that he expects to start Adam Miller.
The Aeros ace last seson, Miller came in on relief for Chuck Lofgren in the first game of the series Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits in just two innings.
Let's hope he's a little sharper come Sunday - if the Aeros get that far.