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Aeros grounded by Harrisburg, 8-1

Aeros grounded by Harrisburg, 8-1
May 11, 2012
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AKRON - Akron starter Steven Wright left the game with a left foot injury and Harrisburg’s Danny Rosenbaum continued to dominate the Eastern League as the Aeros lost 8-1.

Rosenbaum (5-0, 0.71) limited Akron base runners throughout the game, and only allowed a runner to advance to third base once.  After entering the game with a 0.81 ERA, Rosenbaum lowered the number further with six shutout innings of work. 

“It looked like he commanded his fastball pretty good, throwing in a pretty good cutter inside to right-handers” said Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie.  “He commanded the ball pretty well and pitched a good game.”

In all, Rosenbaum pitched six innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six.  He remains at or near the top of several Eastern League pitching statistics, including ERA (1st), wins (t-2nd), complete games (1st), and innings pitched (1st).

Steven Wright (3-2, 1.66) struggled before leaving the game in the fourth after getting hit by a line drive in the foot.  He allowed five runs (three earned) during three and one-third innings on five hits and two walks.

“He didn’t have as good of command of his knuckleball today as he did in past outings,” said Tremie, “but he battled through.  He gave up a couple runs, but overall I thought he threw the ball pretty well.”

Wright ran into trouble in the second inning.  After a leadoff double by first baseman Tim Pahuta and a walk by right fielder Destin Hood, Wright threw a wild pitch, allowing both runners to advance.  One batter later, catcher Sandy Leon hit a double down the left field line, scoring both runners.  After a fly out, Wright allowed an RBI-single to shortstop Chris McConnell to make the score 3-0. 

Harrisburg (18-16) extended the lead to five in the fourth.  With one out in the inning, left fielder Chris Rahl lined a pitch off the foot of Wright for a single.  Following another single and a four-pitch walk, Wright left the game with Akron Aeros trainer Chad Wolfe.

Jose De La Torre entered in relief and allowed a double scoring two runs that were charged to Wright.  De La Torre pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out one.

Rob Bryson and Loek Van Mil pitched four innings of scoreless relief to end the game.  Bryson pitched two innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two.  Van Mil pitched the eighth and ninth, walking one and striking out three.

“Our bullpen’s been very good all year,” said Tremie.  “They’re going to continue to do that -- they’ve got a lot of talent down there.”

Akron failed to score until the ninth inning.  First baseman Chun Chen led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on two passed balls.  After a strikeout, Chen scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Ryan Rohlinger.

The Aero lineup struggled against Rosenbaum and the Senators bullpen with just six hits and two walks.  Center fielder Tim Fedroff led Akron with two hits to raise his season average to .336.  Akron’s 2-3-4-5 hitters went a combined 2-15 with one walk. 

The Akron Aeros (22-10) will play game three of a four-game series against Harrisburg Saturday at 6:05 p.m.  Aeros right-hander Paolo Espino (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start since opening day against Senators right-hander Rob Gilliam (1-3, 4.28).

Notes: Kyle Bellows is 1-13 in his last five games and is batting .200 for the season. ... Roberto Perez had three passed balls. ... Announced attendance: 5,729.

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.

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