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avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-4 defeat of Akron Sunday afternoon in front
of 4,234 fans at the regular season finale at Canal Park. It was the SeaWolves
first win in Akron this year and first in 20 attempts dating back to 2009. The
Aeros drop to 69-65 while the SeaWolves improve to 60-74.
Erie broke out of its series-long slump in a big way with six runs
in the second inning. The rally started when Billy Nowlin hit an RBI-double to
score Rawley Bishop. Nowlin eventually came around to score on a throwing error
by left-handed starter Scott Barnes. Brent Wyatt singled through the hole at
shortstop to bring around Andy Bouchie and Matt Mansilla to make the score 4-0.
Brandon Douglas added another pair of runs with a double to end the big inning.
The SeaWolves scored again in the fourth when Wyatt advanced home on a
sacrifice from Bryan Pounds.
The Aeros had a big inning of their own in the sixth as five
straight hits led to four runs. Second baseman Jason Kipnis scored the first
run on a double that brought in center fielder Jordan Henry. Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall then singled to left to bring in Kipnis. After a pitching
change, catcher Miguel Perez hit an RBI single to bring in Chisenhall. Right
fielder Jerad Head scored the final run on a groundout by left fielder John
Akron had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but
could not take advantage and left two runners on base.
Barnes took the loss and fell to 6-10 on the season. He gave up
seven runs on seven hits while striking out four against two walks in four innings
of work. Erie southpaw starter Duane Below earned the win to improve to 5-12.
Below gave up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 5.1
innings. Lester Oliveros came on in the ninth to record his 12th
The Aeros now travel to the Garden State for a four-game series
against the Trenton Thunder. Akron will send Eric Berger (5-5, 4.68 ERA) to the
hill to battle Adam Warren (4-2, 3.05 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Monday’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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330)