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Packer, Bullpen Bring Hammer Down on SeaWolves

Packer, Bullpen Bring Hammer Down on SeaWolves
Matt Packer (Photo: Lianna Holub)
August 22, 2013
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Erie, PA –  If the title of Wednesday’s Akron game at Erie was “The Return of Matt Packer,” then the sub-title might have been “Business As Usual.”

Packer, the Aeros all-star lefty, dealt seven innings of three-hit, one-run baseball to earn his 11th win of the season, as the Aeros defeated the SeaWolves, 5-1, at Jerry Uht Park. The Aeros (61-68) took two of three games in the series.

Packer (11-8) snapped a personal three-game losing streak, and returned to the form that allowed him to win nine straight decisions from May to July. He worked around four walks—the most he has issued in a start since April 22nd—and fanned five Erie hitters. Packer is now 4-0, in five appearances against the SeaWolves this season, and has allowed just four runs in 31 2/3 innings. Packer’s 11 wins tie him for the EL lead.

The Aeros took the lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs off Drew VerHagen (2-4). After Carlos Moncrief doubled, Tyler Holt lined an RBI single. Ronny Rodriguez singled, moving Holt to third, and Jake Lowery chipped in an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

Packer allowed his only run in the fourth when a run scored on a wild pitch, but the Aeros got that run back in the sixth on Cedric Hunter’s lead-off homer, his 12th of the season, to make it 3-1. The Aeros added two insurance runs in the ninth against Ryan Robowski. Holt scored on a wild pitch and Rodriguez scored on a throwing error to extend the lead to 5-1.

Trey Haley pitched the eighth in relief of Packer, and Jose Flores worked the ninth. Both gave up a single, but no runs.

Erie (68-61) stayed a half-game behind first-place Harrisburg, who lost at Richmond. The SeaWolves begin a series at Harrisburg Thursday night.

The Aeros will begin the final homestand of the regular season on Thursday night when they host the Binghamton Mets in the opener of a four-game series at 7:05. LHP Mark Cohoon (9-3, 4.18) is the expected starter for the B-Mets, while RHP Toru Murata (5-5, 3.67) will get the ball for the Aeros. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1350 AM, and online at For more information, please call the Aeros at 330-253-5151. Follow the team on Twitter @akronaeros or on Facebook at

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