Lawson's sac fly secures another Aeros win
Harrisburg - The Akron Aeros put on a comeback performance to snag their 71st win of the season against the Harrisburg Senators, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Metro Bank Park.
Second basemen Matt Lawson, who went 2-for-2 on the night, hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the winning run across for Akron in game one of the three-game series.
The Senators scored their only run in the top of the first inning with a solo home run from Jose Lazada against Aeros starter Paolo Espino. Espino allowed six hits and walked two in his 24 batters faced while taking down eight at the plate on strikeouts.
Espino held the Senators to the one run for his five innings until Rob Bryson, who would take home the win for Akron, relieved him. Bryson pitched a solid two innings retiring all six batters he faced.
Akron reached the seventh inning still trailing 1-0. Lawson got the bats going with a line drive double to the left side. Ryan Rohlinger made it to first on a walk followed up by a sacrifice bunt laid down by Roberto Perez. With runners on second and third, Davis Stoneburner hit a sacrifice fly to right field to get Lawson across the plate, tying it up 1-1.
The one run went uncontested by Harrisburg in the bottom half of the inning giving Akron the opportunity to take the lead in the eighth inning.
Jordan Henry started off the top of the eighth with a ground ball single to second base. Thomas Neal made a trip up the line on a walk, and with one down Akron newcomer Jesus Aguilar singled on a short fly ball to second base.
Lawson came to the plate as Harrisburg was bringing in left-hander Jimmy Barthmaier to replace Patrick McCoy. The change wasn’t enough to keep Lawson from making contact as he tapped a sacrifice fly to center field to put the final Akron run on the board.
Akron will face Harrisburg Wednesday for game two of the series at Metro Bank Park at 7:00pm. Left-handed pitcher T.J. House will start against right-hander Trevor Holder.