The Aeros lost to the Harrisburg Senators Sunday afternoon by scores of
6-1 and 2-1 in front of 4,187 fans at Canal Park, resulting in a sweep
in a pivotal three-game series. Akron now falls to 64-62 while
Harrisburg improves to 67-59. With the sweep, the second-place Sens now
stand 3.5 games in front of fourth-place Akron in the tight Western
Harrisburg scored first in the third inning on
an RBI double by Chris Marrero that brought in Jesus Valdez. Akron tied
it up in the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall
doubled in center fielder Jordan Henry from first.
took the advantage in a wild eighth when Jhonathan Solano hit a two-RBI
single to left that scored Edgardo Baez and Ofilio Castro. The
Harrisburg rally continued on triple by Steve Lombardozzi that brought
home Solano and Brad Coon. Lombardozzi then scored on Josh Johnson’s
single for the final 6-1 count.
Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone
took the loss in the opener giving up two runs on two hits while
striking out and walking two each. Four-time World Series champion
Orlando Hernandez earned his first victory with four strikeouts over 2.1
perfect innings of work.
In game two, the Sens jumped out 1-0 in
the second frame when Devin Ivany hit in Chris Marrero on a groundout.
Ivany added a second RBI in his next at bat in the fourth on a single
that scored Josh Johnson.
The Aeros finally scored in the sixth
when shortstop Carlos Rivero hit and RBI single and drove in right
fielder Jerad Head, who reached on a walk and moved over on a ground out
by first baseman Beau Mills. It was not enough, however, as the hosts
left three on base in the inning and fell 2-1.
Left handed starter
Matt Packer (0-2, 4.50 ERA) took the loss despite a decent outing,
giving up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk across
five innings. The Sens’ Rafael Martin earned the win in relief to
improve to 5-2. Cole Kimball recorded his seventh save and second of the
Akron travels to Bowie tomorrow to play another
doubleheader beginning at 6:05 p.m. The two teams will finish their
suspended game from July 28th before starting their originally scheduled
three game series. Lefty Scott Barnes (6-8, 4.57 ERA) takes the hill in
game one for Akron; no other starters have been announced. Join Ken
Carman for Monday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:50 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at http://www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call
the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.