A second straight shutout was only one portion of the Erie SeaWolves’ noteworthy Saturday.
The SeaWolves blanked Akron for the second straight night with their 5-0 final at Canal Park. Drew Smyly, in his Double-A debut, and reliever Austin Wood limited the Aeros to five hits in Erie’s first game this season minus third baseman Francisco Martinez and right-hander Jacob Turner.
The Detroit Tigers sent Martinez to the Seattle Mariners as part of a five-player deal. The teams made the swap the day before Major League Baseball’s trading deadline.
Detroit also called up Turner in conjunction with the move. The franchise’s first-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft started Saturday’s nationally-televised game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Comerica Park.
Smyly, a second-round pick in 2010, took Turner’s start with Erie (50-57) on Saturday. He picked up the win with seven innings of work, allowed Akron’s first four hits, walked two and struck out eight.
The SeaWolves scored all five of their runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Jamie Johnson totaled four of their 14 hits, as well as driving in two of their runs.
– Mike Copper