Aeros Drop Game, Series To SeaWolves 6-3
Erie, PA -- The Erie SeaWolves fought back from a three-run deficit, riding six unanswered runs to a 6-3 win over the Akron Aeros in the final game of a three-game series Friday night at Jerry Uht Park.
The Aeros (50-37) lost two of three against the SeaWolves (42-43) to complete the first half of their current road trip. Akron continued their season-long struggle against Erie, having now lost 11 of 17 games played. The Aeros have now lost 8 of their last 11 games.
The SeaWolves started and completed their comeback against Akron starter Giovanni Soto (5-6, 4.09). In the fifth inning, Soto threw two wild pitches and committed a throwing error, helping to contribute to two unearned runs.
With a 3-2 lead in the sixth, Soto allowed a run-scoring groundout by first baseman Jordan Lennerton to tie the game. The SeaWolves forced Soto from the game with one out in the seventh after he allowed three consecutive hits, including an RBI-double by left fielder Michael Rockett to give the Wolves a 5-3 lead.
Rob Bryson came on in relief of Soto but immediately threw a wild pitch that scored a runner, making the score 6-3. Bryson finished the game for Akron, allowing just one hit in one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
The Aeros offense got on the board early in the first inning as designated hitter Chun Chen continued to improve his power stroke. After a one-out ground rule double by second baseman Matt Lawson, Chen stroked a homer to left to put Akron up by two.
Lawson was 3-for-3, with a pair of doubles for the Aeros, and was the only Akron player with more than one hit.
Akron added its only other run of the game in the top of the fourth after first baseman Adam Abraham led off the inning with a dinger to right center field. It was the second straight night that both Chen and Abraham homered in the same game.
The Aeros once formidable lead in the Eastern League Western Division continued to shrink, as second place Harrisburg beat Bowie, 3-2, to pull to within 3.5 games of the first-place Aeros. The Senators have won six straight contests.
Ramon Garcia started the game for the SeaWolves but failed to pick up his fifth win of the season against Akron. Garcia left after six and two-thirds innings with the score tied. Michael Morrison (2-2, 2.95) backed Garcia with one and one-third innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win, and hard-throwing Bruce Rondon worked the ninth for his eighth save, his fifth against the Aeros.
The Aeros will continue the road trip on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m., as they begin a three-game series at Bowie. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (6-5, 2.25) will look to get back on track against Baysox righty Eddie Gamboa (2-1, 2.21).
Notes: Giovanni Soto hasn’t won a game in over a month (June 5 against New Britain). … Adam Abraham has three extra-base hits in his last three games (one double, two HR). … Jeremie Tice has at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games. … Announced attendance: 3,837.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.