Akron was eliminated from playoff contention as Erie defeated them 10-5
Friday night at Jerry Uht Park. It is the first time since 2004 that the
Aeros (70-69) will miss the post-season. The SeaWolves improve to
The SeaWolves scored first in the opening inning when
Rawley Bishop hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Douglas. Erie
eventually made the score 2-0 as Douglas walked and then scored on a
double by Brandon Jones.
Erie broke the game open in the sixth
with a seven-run outburst to deflate the Aeros. The SeaWolves scored the
first two runs of the rally on a two-RBI single up the middle by Kyle
Peter that scored Billy Nowlin and Deik Scram. Brent Wyatt soon followed
that up with a three-run home run to make the score 7-0. Bishop hit in
the final two runs of the frame with a single to right center that
scored Douglas and Matt Mansilla.
Akron eventually got on the
board when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall tripled to right field before
scoring on a throwing error by Douglas in the seventh to set the score
at 9-1. However, Erie would get the run back in the eighth when Douglas
scored on a Bishop ground out.
The Aeros did not go down easy as
they put together a rally in the ninth as first baseman Miguel Perez
scored on another throwing error by Douglas. Shortstop Ron Rivas
highlighted the inning with a three-run home run to right field to make
the score 10-5, but that would be the closest Akron would get.
starter Scott Barnes to fall to 6-11 after he gave up five runs on five
hits with eight strikeouts against four walks in 5.2 innings pitched.
Duane Below earned the win to improve to 7-12 with one run on two hits
with four strikeouts and one walk over 6.1 innings.
As a reminder
to all fans, since playoff tickets were complimentary, all playoff
tickets are now invalid and cannot be exchanged for any other games in
the future. There is also no refund for the $1 TicketReturn fee for any
playoff tickets ordered online.
Akron can still secure at least a
.500 record on the season with one win in the remaining three games. The
Aeros will attempt to do that Saturday with left-handed pitcher Eric
Berger (6-5, 4.70 ERA) battling the SeaWolves lefty Adam Wilk (2-0, 0.56
ERA). Join Joe Jastrzemski for Saturday’s internet-only broadcast
beginning at 6:50 p.m. on at http://www.akronaeros.com as football will bump
the Aeros on that day. For more information, please call the Akron Aeros
team offices at (330) 253-5151.