Aeros Recap 08/30: Extra Innings Doom Aeros Again

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Extra
innings continued to be a bad omen for the Aeros as they fell to Trenton 4-3 in
10 innings Monday at Waterfront Park. The loss puts Akron (69-66) closer to
elimination from the post-season while the Thunder (79-56) stays ahead of New
Hampshire for first place in the Eastern Division.

 

Both
teams scored in the first inning as Akron took the early lead on an RBI single
by designated hitter Jerad Head that scored shortstop Cristo Arnal from second.
Trenton responded with a leadoff home run by Justin Christian to tie the game.
Lance Berkman, on rehab appearance with the Thunder, provided Trenton with a
2-1 lead when he scored on a Marcos Vechionacci groundout.

 

Trenton
increased their lead when Rene Rivera hit a solo home run to center field in
the sixth frame to make it 3-1.

 

The
Aeros comeback started in the eighth when center fielder Jordan Henry tripled
to right field and scored on a ground out by Arnal. First baseman Beau Mills
led off the ninth, also with an extra base hit, as he doubled to center field.
He would come home on an RBI single by catcher Juan Apodaca to send the game
into extra frames.

 

Akron
had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 10th when Arnal
reached third after a single and a pair of wild pitches, but the next two batters
lined out and struck out to end the threat. The Thunder made short work of the
situation from there as Daniel Brewer led off with a single, moved to second on
sacrifice bunt, and home for the game winning run on consecutive singles.

 

Right-handed
reliever Omar Aguilar took the loss to fall to 2-6 as he gave up the three hits
and one run in the 10th. Ryan Pope rebounded from blowing the save
and earned the win to improve to 4-6.

 

The
Aeros remain 3.5 games behind Harrisburg as the Senators lost to New Hampshire
8-7. Bowie improved its post-season chances with a 2-0 win against Altoona. The
Baysox are now three games in front of Akron. The Aeros now have an elimination
number of five.

 

Akron
will face Trenton in the second of four games Tuesday as they send Alex White
(8-7, 2.28 ERA) to the hill against the Thunder’s Cory Arbiso (5-3, 3.51 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) 253-5151.

 

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