Dudley native sees ERA swell in Double-A appearance

KODAK, Tenn. — Aaron Fossas had been off to a strong start to his fourth season as a professional baseball player, but Tuesday night was one to forget.

Fossas, a 26-year-old right-hander from Dudley, was hit for six earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings of relief work for the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Chattanooga was knocked around for much of the evening as they fell 11-4 to the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A farm team for the Chicago Cubs, at Smokies Stadium.

Coming into the game, Fossas had posted a 1.93 ERA over 9 1/3 innings of work. By the time he walked off the mound in the fifth inning, his ERA had ballooned to a hefty 6.55 on the young season.

Fossas, who attended Holy Name in Worcester before going on to play college baseball at Wake Forest, is in his first season at the Double-A level, promoted from A-ball last year. In 42 relief appearances for the Daytona Tortugas in 2018, Fossas went 5-2 with two saves and a 5.40 ERA over 58 1/3 innings, posting a 1.46 WHIP. In his minor league career, he owns a 13-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.81 ERA over 110 outings, all but two of which have come as a relief pitcher.

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