The Aeros shutout Erie for the second time in this four-game series with
a 9-0 decision in front of 4,209 fans at Canal Park. The loss is Erie’s
10th here this season and 19th straight here dating back to May 24,
2009. Akron (69-64) has now outscored the SeaWolves (59-74) by a 26-2
count so far in the series.
The Aeros struck first when
designated hitter Jerad Head knocked in center fielder Jordan Henry on a
bases-loaded fielder’s choice in which the SeaWolves attempted to turn a
double play in the first inning. Right fielder John Drennen eventually
took advantage with an RBI-single to right field that scored second
baseman Jason Kipnis.
Head faced another bases-loaded opportunity
in the second and he promptly delivered with a two-RBI double down the
left field line that scored shortstop Cristo Arnal and Henry. First
baseman Beau Mills followed with a two-RBI single that scored third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and Head for a 6-0 lead. Head added his fourth
RBI of the night in the fourth with a sacrifice fly that brought in
The Aeros scored an unearned insurance run in the seventh
after Head scored from third on an error by Bryan Pounds that allowed
left fielder Tim Fedroff to be safe at first. Arnal made the score 9-0
in the eighth when he scored on a ground out by Chisenhall.
starter Matt Packer celebrated his 23rd birthday in style as he shut
out the SeaWolves and struck out eight batters, the most he has had with
the Aeros, through six innings of work. The Germantown, Tenn. earned
his first Double-A win and improved to (1-2). Erie starter Jon Kibler
(5-5) took the loss after he gave up seven runs on seven hits with six
walks and two strikeouts in four innings.
Akron improved their
playoff chances as they gained a game on current Western Division wild
card leader Harrisburg with the Senators 2-1 loss to Trenton, as well as
third-place Bowie as they fell 6-5 to New Britain. The Aeros are now
2.5 games back of the wild card lead with nine games remaining.
Aeros look to clinch the four-game sweep Sunday as left-handed pitcher
Scott Barnes (6-9, 4.77 ERA) faces SeaWolves southpaw Duane Below (5-12,
5.04 ERA) in the final regular season home game.
Sunday will be
the final Family Pack Sunday and is sponsored by the Duquesne Incline
where fans can buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks,
and four bags of chips for only $48! Join Jim Clark for Sunday’s radio
broadcast beginning at 1:20 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.