Miller, Thunder beat the Aeros, 4-3
TRENTON -- Trenton first baseman Luke Murton singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night, sending the Akron Aeros to Erie with a 4-3 loss at Waterfront Park.
Murton’s single to right center off Bryan Price allowed the Thunder (24-20) to gain a split in the four-game series with the Aeros (28-16). Murton drove home pinch-runner Jose Pirela, who came in to run for Cody Johnson after Johnson led off the ninth inning with a double off Aeros reliever Toru Murata (0-1, 5.84).
Akron took the lead in the top of the third off former Indians top prospect Adam Miller. After a one-out double by second baseman Davis Stonerburner, Miller hit catcher Roberto Perez with a pitch. Center fielder Tim Fedroff singled on a grounder to right to load the bases. Shortstop Ryan Rohlinger followed with a sacrifice fly to center fielder Abraham Almonte to make the score 1-0.
The Aeros added two more runs off Miller in the third, which would be their final runs of the night. With two outs, left fielder Nick Weglarz and third baseman Kyle Bellows hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Stoneburner hit a double to left field scoring both runners.
Miller (0-0, 3.00) allowed three runs in four and two-thirds innings. He gave up six hits and no walks while striking out one. Miller worked into the fifth, and was lifted after throwing just 64 pitches. It was his second start since 2008, after he missed over two years with ligament trouble in his right middle finger.
Ryan Flannery (1-1, .81) picked up the final four outs to pick up the win for Trenton.
Giovanni Soto (4-2, 4.07) started the game for Akron but did not factor into the decision. He pitched seven innings with mixed results, allowing three runs on just four hits and one walk. He struck out nine batters, matching his season high.
Soto allowed three runs in the sixth inning, all coming via the long ball. Shortstop Addison Maruszak opened the inning with a solo shot to left field, his first of the season. Left fielder Cody Johnson continued to torment Aeros pitching as he hit a two-out, two-run home run to right center field to tie the game 3-3.
Murata came in to relieve Soto in the eighth inning, but ran into trouble in the ninth. After a leadoff double by Johnson, Murata intentionally walked right fielder Zoilo Almonte before Akron Aeros manager Chris Tremie called for Bryan Price. Price faced just one batter, Murton, who drove in the game-winning run.
Notes: Kyle Bellows has at least one hit in five of his last seven games to raise his average to .254. ... Tim Fedroff went 2-for-3, his second multi-hit game in a row. ... Announced attendance: 4,104.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.