ALTOONA, PA — You could forgive the Akron Aeros for assuming that Sunday’s four home run barrage was a sign that their offense was heating up and about to take off. There is no way that their huge effort would be followed by a complete shutdown, right?
Sometimes baseball just makes no sense.
The Aeros (10-14) lost 2-0 Monday to the Altoona Curve (11-13) in the first game of a four game series at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Curve starter Stolmy Pimentel (2-0, 2.74 FIP) held the Aeros down for seven innings, striking out five while lowering his ERA to a miniscule 0.30.
Getting people on base was not what sunk Akron, as the Aeros managed nine hits –all singles — despite the shutout. Grounding into two double plays in the third and eighth innings, along with second baseman Jose Ramirez being caught stealing in the first, ultimately held the offense back.
The lack of offense wasted a strong start from right-hander Brett Brach (1-2, 3.12 ERA, 3.43 FIP), who went six innings with only two hits allowed and no walks. The right-hander struck out five while not allowing any earned runs, but allowed one unearned run after a Ramirez throwing error in the first inning. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, April 29, 2013