Akron concludes series with 9-8 loss
Extra inning win caps of 3-1 series win for Erie SeaWolves
ERIE- It was a battle of the offenses Monday evening when the Akron Aeros faced the Erie SeaWolves for the final game of the four-game series. It was a fight all the way through the tenth inning, but Erie would ultimately come out on top, winning 9-8.
The game started out promising for the Aeros after getting on the board in the first inning. First baseman Jesus Aguilar hit his first RBI of the night, scoring left fielder Justin Toole for the first run of the game. Akron struck again in the third when Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly, his second RBI of the night and 40th of the season.
Following Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief hit a single RBI to score second baseman Jose Ramirez. This brought the Aeros lead to 3-0. Before the third inning ended, both Akron’s manager Edwin Rodriguezand hitting coach Jim Rickon were ejected from the game by umpire Chris Tipton.
Through the third inning, Akron’s offense made significant strides to take the lead, and starting pitcher Brett Brachhelped the cause by pitching three scoreless innings. Brach pitched three strikeouts in his first three innings.
In the fourth inning, Akron continued their domination scoring another run when Ramirez reached base on a fielder’s choice and Giovanny Urshela then scored.
Erie began their comeback in the bottom of the fourth. The SeaWolves scored five runs before a pitching change was made to Rob Nixon. Nixon walked two batters, but was able to end the inning with no further damage.
The fifth inning Akron took advantage of a chance to retake the lead. Quincy Latimore started the recovery by hitting a sacrifice fly RBI to bring home Jesus Aguilar.
Next up to bat was Ronny Rodriguez, who hit a two-run home run, bringing in remaining teammate Carlos Moncrief. Giovanny Urshela followed suit hitting his third home run of the season.
In the same inning, after pitcher Rob Nixon allowed Erie a run, Akron made their second call to the bullpen for reliever Bryce Stowell.
Although Stowell was able to end the fifth with no more runs, in Stowell allowed Erie a run in the sixth inning to put the score at 8-7. The right-handed pitcher was replaced in the eighth inning by Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda earned Erie’s tying run, saddling him with a blown save.
After the fifth inning, Akron was unable to get on the board again and thanks to closer Jose Flores Erie did not receive their winning run in the ninth.
In the bottom of the tenth, Flores allowed the SeaWolves to produce a run, ending the game 9-8. Flores would ultimately be given the loss, his first of the season.
The loss on Monday marked Akron’s third in a row. This was the last game of the away series versus Erie. Aeros will return to Canal Park Tuesday to face the Harrisburg Senators for a three-game home stand.
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