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Aeros pulled away from Erie in the second half of the game to defeat the
SeaWolves 5-2. It was Akron’s fourth-straight victory Friday night as they
improved to 68-64 in front of 7,188 fans at Canal Park. Erie fell to 59-73.
scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Aeros
rallied with two outs to score a pair of runs. After catcher Juan Apodaca and
shortstop Cristo Arnal both hit singles, center fielder Jordan Henry walked to
load the bases. Second baseman Jason Kipnis also walked to force in the first
run. Arnal scored soon after on a wild pitch by Brayan Villarreal to give Akron
a 2-0 lead. Erie answered in the sixth when Brandon Douglas scored from third
when Bryan Pounds grounded out unassisted to first with one out.
Aeros cushioned their lead when they earned the run back on a second bases
loaded walk when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall took a base on balls to force
in Arnal in the seventh. Designated hitter Jerad Head proceeded to hit a double
to left center field that brought in Henry and Kipnis which made the score 5-1.
SeaWolves struck back in the eighth after Rawley Bishop hit an RBI-single to
score Douglas, but could not take advantage and left the bases loaded. Closer
Omar Aguilar came on in the ninth to record his seventh save of the season.
Right-handed starter Corey Kluber earned the win with one run on eight hits. He
struck out five against one walk over seven innings of work.
remains 3.5 games out of the wildcard as Harrisburg defeated Trenton tonight
4-3. No ground was made on Bowie either as they were winners of a 4-3 decision
against New Britain.
On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a foam finger
giveaway sponsored by the Akron Canton Airport. The airport will also give away
a free AirTran airline voucher to two lucky fans in attendance. Join Jim Clark
for Saturday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and
at www.akronaeros.com as left-handed pitcher
Matt Packer (0-2, 4.50 ERA) faces SeaWolves southpaw Jon Kibler (4-5, 5.65
ERA). For more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330)