Aeros leave Erie in the cold

By staff and wire reports Published:

AKRON _ Jody Gerut hit a two-run homer and three Akron Aeros pitchers limited the Erie SeaWolves to four hits in a 2-0 win Thursday night in the season opener at Canal Park.

Billy Traber, who came to the Cleveland Indians in the Roberto Alomar trade, got the win, pitching six innings and giving up three hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Traber, a native of Torrance, Calif., wasn't bothered by the 33 game-time temperature.

"I'm not a cold weather guy, and I really haven't pitched in this weather before, but you just have to make the adjustments," Traber said.

Traber displayed good control throughout the contest. He mixed his fastball, curveball and change-up to keep Erie hitters off balance.

"Billy threw a really good fastball, and it froze a lot of hitters, just like his change-up," said Akron rookie skipper Brad Komminsk, who celebrated his 41st birthday Thursday. "It's a different type of game in the cold, but the weather didn't seem to bother Billy."

Traber, a 6-foot-5, 205-pounder, is thought to be one of the Indians' highest prospects. The organization believes he has a chance to join the Cleveland ballclub in the near future.

Gerut's two-run homer to right field came in the fifth inning after Johnny Peralta singled.

Akron's Alex Herrera allowed a hit and two walks in two innings of relief. Dan Guillory, who pitched the ninth inning, walked two and struck out two for the save.

Loser Tim Adkins gave up two earned runs on three hits in two innings pitched for Erie. SeaWolves starter Seth Greisinger threw four innings.

Akron (1-0) got three hits from Jason Fitzgerald.

Erie (0-1) drew six walks and left 11 runners on base, including two in the ninth.

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