Aeros beat the Senators 3-2
Akron, OH – Matt Lawson came through with a clutch double in the seventh and TJ House pitched another quality outing to lead the Aeros to a 3-2 win Tuesday night at Canal Park.
The Aeros (57-39) won their fifth straight game and increased their lead over the second-place Senators (49-47) to eight games. Harrisburg lost its fourth straight game.
Akron wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Adam Abraham hit a solo home run in the second inning to give Akron a 1-0 lead. Harrisburg responded in the fifth when Destin Hood scored a run to tie the game 1-1, and took the lead 2-1 in the seventh after a home run by first baseman Justin Bloxom.
With two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh inning, Matt Lawson came through in crunch time for the Aeros when he hit a two run RBI double, plating Jordan Henry and Tyler Holt to put the Aeros in the lead 3-2.
“[Lawson] had a clutch hit for us. We were down by a run with two outs and runners on second and third, the reliever had just came on so he hadn’t seen him yet, but Matt was able to stay on a pitch away and hit a double to right field,” said Aeros manager Chris Tremie. “It was a great at bat in a key situation.”
Akron had three hits on quiet offensive night, but made their hits count. Harrisburg was held to six hits, but received multi-hit nights from Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom. Bloxom’s home run in the seventh was his fifth for Harrisburg and 17th overall this season.
TJ House (6-2) received the win for Akron. House pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, two runs, while striking out four in another great start for the Aeros.
Shawn Armstrong pitched a perfect eighth and Preston Guilmet did the same in the ninth coming on in relief for House. Guilmet closed the game and notched his 15th save of the year for Akron.
“TJ used his fastball well, especially throwing it in when he needed to, and threw some good changeups down and away,” said Tremie. “He executed his pitches well, and pitched well enough to not even give up any runs. It was a very solid outing by him tonight.”
The Aeros and Senators will play the final game of the series and homestand on Wednesday at 12:05. RHP Ryan Perry (1-1, 1.66) will start for Harrisburg against RHP Steven Wright (6-6, 2.46) of the Aeros.