Aeros Put Brakes on Celebration as Loss at Altoona Leaves Magic Number at One
Altoona, PA – The Akron Aeros were poised for a division-clinching celebration Thursday night. All they needed was either a win over the Altoona Curve or a Bowie loss to Erie. Unfortunately, at quitting time, neither scenario materialized.
The Curve erupted a five-run second inning, and then held on to edge the Aeros, 6-4. In Bowie, the Baysox rallied from behind to beat the SeaWolves, 8-6, and lay claim to at least the EL West wild card. That combo, leaves the Aeros with a magic number of one for claiming the EL Western Division title with four games left in the regular season.
On Thursday, the Curve (68-70) used a pair of RBI singles and bases-loaded walks in the second inning to build a 5-0 lead against Aeros lefty T.J. House (8-5).
In the fifth, the Aeros (79-59) came back with a pair of unearned runs against Kris Johnson (3-2) to make it 5-2.
After the Curve added a run in the fifth off Hector Rondon to make it 6-4, Ryan Rohlinger led off the inning with a solo shot, his seventh of the year. Adam Abraham later added an RBI single to pull Akron within 6-4.
After that the Curve bullpen clamped down. Josh Inman worked the rest of the eighth, and then turned things over to closer Vic Black, who issued a one-out walk in the ninth, but then struck out Nick Weglarz and got Michel Hernandez on a groundout to end the game.
The Curve took three of the five games in the series. To that end, they tripped up the Aeros with 12—that’s one dozen—double plays.
Tyler Holt led the Aeros with three hits. Rohlinger chipped in two hits and two RBI’s.
The Aeros will continue the road trip on Friday night at 7:05, with the first game of a four-game series at Richmond. RHP Toru Murata (2-1, 2.87) will take the hill for Akron while RHP Chris Gloor (4-5, 2.89) will counter for the Flying Squirrels. All Aeros games are broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 and online at www.sportsradio1350.com. For more information, please call the Aeros at 330-253-5151.