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playoff chances took a sharp decline as Trenton took the lead in the eighth
inning to win 3-2 at Waterfront Park. The Aeros (70-68) now have an elimination
number of one while the Thunder (81-57) is up by two games on New Hampshire.
Thunder struck initially in the first inning as Austin Romine doubled in Daniel
Brewer for a quick 1-0 lead.
did not score until the fourth inning when they took advantage of a Trenton
miscue. Right fielder John Drennen started the Aeros offense with a walk and
advanced to second on a single by catcher Miguel Perez. With left fielder Lucas
Montero batting, Drennen and Perez both advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. A
fielding error by Trenton allowed Montero to reach safely while Drennen and
Perez scored to give Akron a 2-1 lead.
regained control in the eighth frame as Justin Christian hit his third home run
in two games to lead off the inning. An RBI single by Brewer gave the hosts a
Aeros right-handed starter Matt Packer turned in his second-straight excellent
performance as the reigning Akron Aeros Player of the Week allowed one run on
five hits while striking out eight against two walks in seven innings of work.
However, he would take the no decision as reliever Connor Graham blew the save
and took the loss to fall to 3-6. Pat Venditte earned his first win and only
decision with Trenton.
did receive some help from Harrisburg as they lost 3-2 to New Hampshire, but
the Western Division wild card lead now belongs to Bowie after their 7-2 victory
over Altoona. The Aeros are four games behind the Baysox with four games to
play. Elimination from the postseason could happen as early as Friday if the
Aeros lose or Bowie wins.
Aeros now travel to Erie to finish the regular season. Left-handed starter
Scott Barnes (6-10, 5.10 ERA) will head to the hill to battle fellow southpaw
Duane Below (6-12, 5.11 ERA) on Friday, with a first pitch time of 7:05 p.m.. Join Ken Carman for Friday’s internet-only broadcast
beginning at 6:50 p.m. on at www.akronaeros.com as football will bump
the Aeros on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call the Akron
Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.