Aeros split doubleheader with Rock Cats
NEW BRITAIN - The Aeros split a double-header with the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night at New Britain Stadium to move to 40-21 and remain seven games ahead of Harrisburg for 1st place.
New Britain starter Steve Hirschfield struck out eight and left fielder Nate Hanson went 2-3 with two RBIs to help New Britain to a 3-1 victory over the Aeros in the first game of Wednesday night’s double-header.
Hirschfeld cruised through the early portion of the game - retiring the first 14 of 15 batters he faced - before the Aeros struck for a run in the fifth. With two outs, Ryan Rohlinger hit a solo homerun to cut the lead, 2-1.
Hanson added an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the Rock Cats. Steven Wright (5-3) took the loss for the Aeros, allowing two runs- both unearned- on six hits while walking three in five innings of work.
In game two, the Aeros hit two home runs and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 7th inning to defeat the Rock Cats 4-1.
Akron took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning off of Thomas Neal’s solo-shot, and Chun-Hsiu Chen responded with his 20th double of the season for the Aeros.
Hitting the rest of the game proved to be more troublesome for Akron as Rock Cats pitcher Logan Darnell (5-5) settled in and shut down the Aeros hitters. Darnell allowed just two hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings, but walked four batters.
Ben Copeland hit a solo homerun to lead off the 7th for the Aeros, and Nick Weglarz hit a two-run double to put the game out of reach and seal Akron’s 40th victory of the year.
The Aeros’ Brett Brach (2-2) limited the Rock Cats to one run on five hits in six innings while walking only two. The lone Rock Cats run came in the seventh when Evan Bigley delivered a bases loaded single to score Chris Colabello. That hit knocked Brach from the game. Preston Guilmet came on in relief and escaped the jam to pick up his eighth save.