Akron comeback falls one-run short
AKRON - The Akron Aeros fought valiantly Saturday night, but ultimately fell to the Harrisburg Senators 6-5 in a high scoring affair. The two teams combined for 23 hits as the pitching on both sides failed to bring their A-games.
The Senators jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Aeros answered with three in the second. Unfortunately for Akron, the Senators answered with two runs in the third and fourth, making the score 5-3. Akron got one run in the fifth, but Harrisburg's insurance run in the eighth made the Aeros' ninth inning rally fall short by one run.
SP Brett Brach was called up from High-A Carolina to start for the Aeros today, but he didn't celebrate the callup in style. Brach struggled through 3.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, a walk, five earned runs, and only struck out one batter. The Senators did their real damage in the third and fourth innings, scoring two runs in each inning and ultimately knocking Brach out.
After going to their bullpen, the Aeros limited the Senators quite well. Bryan Price, Toru Murata and Kyle Landis combined for 5.1 innings of 1 run ball, only allowing 4 hits, striking out four, while walking none. The bullpen has been a major strength for the Aeros all year, despite numerous pitchers getting called up (Matt Langwell, Cody Allen, etc.) or put on the DL (Bryce Stowell, Preston Guilmet, etc.).
On the offensive side, the Aeros were led by right fielder Thomas Neal and catcher Michel Hernandez. Neal went 3-for-3 with a double, scoring two runs. Hernandez did the heavy lifting for the offense, driving in 4 runs despite only going 1-for-4, with a double. That double came with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning. Hernandez's double put the Aeros up 3-1, but it would not last.
Every Aeros batter had a hit except for first baseman Adam Abraham, second baseman Ryan Rohlinger and third baseman Kyle Bellows, but Abraham and Bellows had a walk a piece. Overall, it was a good offensive performance from the Aeros, something that they have been lacking for most of the year. Often times, the pitching has been there but the offense just sputters out. It's hard to complain when the team has a .667 winning percentage, but the Aeros could use some improvement on the offensive side. Hopefully, Akron builds on tonight's offensive momentum.
The Akron Aeros (22-11) will play one more game against the Harrisburg Senators Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Come out and celebrate Mother's Day with Aeros left-hander T.J. House (1-0, 2.25) who will start against Senators left-hander Mike Ballard (1-2, 2.67).
Notes: Jared Goedert continued his torrid start to the season going 2-for-4 ... Batting average isn't everything, but the Aeros need improvements from starters Juan Diaz (.243), Ryan Rohlinger (.208), Kyle Bellows (.193) ... Announced attendance for Saturday night's game was 2,166.
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