Aeros slip past Thunder, 4-2
TRENTON -- Center fielder Ben Copeland hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth and T.J. House had another strong start as the Akron Aeros beat the Trenton Thunder 4-2.
The Aeros jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. Left fielder Tim Fedroff opened the game with a triple to left and scored two batters later on an RBI ground out by designated hitter Adam Abraham.
The Thunder tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when left fielder Cody Johnson hit a solo home run to center. The home run was Johnson’s 12th of the year, putting him at the top of the Eastern League in long balls.
In the top of the sixth inning, Fedroff and shortstop Ryan Rohlinger hit back-to-back singles to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Abraham, first baseman Chun Chen walked to load the bases. Copeland, who has eight hits in six games since returning from AAA Columbus, hit a bases-clearing triple to put the Aeros up for good.
Fedroff had three hits for the Aeros, his first multi-hit game since May 13. Right fielder Thomas Neal had a pair of hits to push his average above .300.
Michael O’Brien (1-1, 3.65) gave up all four Aeros runs. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Two relievers combined to pitch the last three and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on three hits and one walk.
House (3-1, 3.30) held the Thunder to one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. In his last two starts, House has allowed just two runs in 12 innings pitched.
Kyle Landis worked the eighth in relief of House, allowing one run on three hits. Preston Guilmet pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.
The Aeros (28-15) lead the Harrisburg Senators by four games in the Eastern League Western Division.
Akron will play the final game of the series with the Thunder on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Giovanni Soto (4-2, 4.10) will pitch for the Aeros, while former Indians top prospect Adam Miller (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start for Trenton. The Aeros will start a four-game series in Erie on Friday before returning to Canal Park on Tuesday, May 29th.
Notes: Kyle Landis has allowed six runs in his last three appearances to raise his ERA to 2.70. ... Akron had three triples in the game (Fedroff, Copeland, Chen). ... Announced attendance: 3,651.
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.