Game Recap 6/10: Aeros Win Steak Continues
The streaking Aeros won yet again Thursday at Canal Park, overcoming a furious late-inning comeback by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to win for the 10th consecutive game. Akron lefty starter Eric Berger continued his solid pitching of late in front of the 3,133 fans in attendance and even had a no-hitter through 6.1 innings. The Aeros (30-30) moved into a three-way tie for second-place in the Western Division of the Eastern League and are now at .500 for the first time since April 17th. The series sweep was also the first against the EL-leading Fisher Cats (36-25) this season.
The Akron offense pounced on New Hampshire starter and highly touted prospect Kyle Drabek in the very first inning. Hot-hitting designated hitter Lonnie Chisenhall stepped to the plate with two outs and blasted the first offering from Drabek deep into the right field bleachers to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead.
Berger cruised against the Cats throughout as an impressive 3-6-3 double play negated a leadoff walk in the top of the second. First baseman Matt McBride followed his solid defense with a leadoff single down the left field line to start an Aeros rally in the fourth. Right fielder Jerad Head then doubled right to a diving Darrin Mastroianni in center and shortstop Carlos Rivero made it 2-0 by scoring McBride with an RBI groundout.
New Hampshire third baseman Shawn Bowman finally broke up Berger