Recap 07/11: Erie Strikes Late in 5-1 Victory over Aeros

ERIE,
PA – The host Erie SeaWolves capitalized on a fielding error in the eighth
inning to break a late tie and win 5-1 Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park.
First baseman Beau Mills committed a fielding error with one out and a runner
on second in the frame, leading to four unearned runs in front of the 2,192
fans in attendance in downtown Erie. The loss snapped Akron’s four-game winning
streak, dropping the team to 45-44 on the season while the victory for the
SeaWolves improved them to 37-53 overall.

The
early portion of the contest featured an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel between
Aeros starter Scott Barnes and Erie’s Charles Furbush. The two left-handers
each finished with quality starts and Barnes made the first mistake in the
bottom of the fourth inning.

Third
baseman Audy Ciriaco tripled to center with one out and Rawley Bishop scored
him in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly. Akron collected their first hit of
the game against Furbush on a Mills single in the fifth before finally tying
the score at 1-1 in the sixth.

Left
fielder Tim Fedroff began that frame with a double before advancing to third
base on a groundout by catcher Damaso Espino. Third baseman Cristo Arnal
followed with another sacrifice fly, and the visiting Aeros nearly struck again
right afterwards. Furbush left the game with the bases loaded and just one out
in the seventh but right-handed reliever Zach Simons forced Carlos Rivero to
ground into an inning-ending double play.

Connor
Graham entered the game in relief for Akron to begin the eighth inning and
struggled from the start. Right fielder Kody Kaiser doubled to begin the
game-winning rally and Andy Carrithers drew a one-out walk. Mills then
committed the crucial error, loading the bases just in time for an RBI
fielder’s choice and a two-run triple by Ciriaco. Left fielder Michael Bertram
capped the frame with a single to left, giving Erie the final 5-1 edge.

Simons
(2-3) earned the win by facing just four batters in 1.2 perfect innings pitched
of relief. Graham took the loss in falling to 2-5 on the season, permitted four
unearned runs on three hits and two walks while only retiring two outs total.
Meanwhile, Barnes had his third straight quality start in allowing one run on
four hits with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched and Furbush struck out
nine batters in his 6.1 innings as well.

The
Aeros collected only four hits on the night, led by the lone extra-base hit on
the fourth inning double by Fedroff. The hit extended his hitting streak to 11
consecutive games, matching his personal-best for the 2010 season in Double-A.
Designated hitter Matt McBride also singled in the seventh, continuing his
success away from Canal Park.

This
four-game series and the first half of the Eastern League regular season
schedule conclude Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch start in Erie.
Akron hopes to remain in striking distance from the wild card playoff spot with
lefty Eric Berger on the mound (4-4, 4.74 ERA) against SeaWolves starter Thad
Weber (5-9, 4.05 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Monday evening’s radio broadcast beginning
at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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