AKRON, OH -- Coming into Wednesday, Akron Aeros left-hander Matt Packer owned a 0-4 record, a 4.60 ERA, more hits (42) than innings pitched (29.1), and almost as many walks (14) as strikeouts (16).
Packer began to turn things around Wednesday morning at Education Day at Canal Park, however, throwing seven innings with no earned runs (two unearned) as the Aeros defeated the Erie SeaWolves 4-2. The win allowed Akron to avoid a sweep before heading out on a seven-game road trip.
The left-hander knew coming into his start that he needed to make some changes after struggling early in the year, so he made sure to do just that between starts.
"I had a good bullpen session a few days ago with [hitting coach Greg] Hibbard and pitching coordinator Ruben [Nibela]," Packer said. "[We] made a couple little changes I think helped me out quite a bit today."
Packer's velocity was down earlier in the season, but he sat in his normal 88-90 MPH range on his fastball today. The left-hander said that is...