The Eastern League announced its weekly player and pitcher awards Tuesday, and Akron Aeros righthander Brett Brach has been named Pitcher of the Week, for the week of August 27th through September 3rd.
Brach, 24, enjoyed two strong outings during the final week of the regular season. The first was last Tuesday when he worked seven shutout innings in a 3-1 victory at Altoona. Then, yesterday, Monday, September 3rd, Brach led the Aeros to their 82nd win of the year with a stellar six-inning effort at Richmond, picking up a 6-1 win. He allowed just two hits and one walk on the day.
His impressive totals for the week included a 2-0 record, 13 shutout innings, four combined hits allowed, four walks and six strikeouts.
If any pitcher on the Aeros staff ever deserved a Pitcher of the Week award, it's Brach. Through most of last month, Brach pitched equally as well, but suffered from a serious lack of run support. The Aeros were shut out in three consecutive starts by Brach from August 12th through the 23rd, with Brach on the losing end in each of those games despite never allowing more than two runs.
Following his win Monday, Brach stands at 5-7, 3.65 ERA on the season. He has appeared in 19 games, including 18 starts.
Brach is a former 10th round pick of the Indians in 2009, out of Monmouth University. He is scheduled to throw in game five of the upcoming Division Series against Bowie.
Brach is the fourth Akron pitcher to win the league's Pitcher of the Week award. Previous winners include Steven Wright, T.J. McFarland, and Giovanni Soto. The league's official release is attached.
The Aeros will make their post-season debut on Wednesday night at 7:05, as they begin the best-of-five Western Division series at Bowie. After games one and two at Bowie, the Aeros will host game three at Canal Park this Friday, September 7th, at 7:05.