Avisail Garcia hit a home run on the second pitch he saw in his Double-A debut.
By then, though, the Erie SeaWolves outfielder was already too familiar with what Eastern League baseballs looked like.
Garcia was among those who fielded the eight hits that Erie starter Cesar Carrillo allowed to Akron in only 2 2/3 innings. The Aeros, who batted around for five runs in the first inning off the former San Diego Padres pitcher, used that early binge for an easy 9-2 Independence Day victory at Jerry Uht Park.
The Aeros became the league’s first team to attain 50 victories, while Erie (40-43) was easily subdued in the opener of its six-game homestand.
The loss also was the SeaWolves’ fourth straight, their worst such stretch since May 18-21.
– Mike Copper
Akron already led 7-1 when Garcia led off the bottom of the second. The 21-year-old Venezuelan launched the second pitch thrown by Aeros starter Paolo Espino to the right of Uht Park’s right-center field scoreboard.
However, Erie only managed one hit after that and finished the game with four. Niuman Romero accounted for one of them, but still reached base four times.