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Erie tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Shawn Armstrong was brought in to pitch for the Aeros and walked the bases loaded. Brandon Douglas drew a walk to tie up the ballgame. Erie was unable to score any more for the rest of the night.Erie and Akron resume their three game series tomorrow at 7:05 when Matt Crouse (8-10, 4.48 ERA) faces off against Cody Anderson (0-0, 3.60 ERA).
A back and forth game tipped in favor of the visiting Aeros as the SeaWolves dropped the series opener to Akron 10-9.
The scoring started in the first innings for both teams. Akron opened up the game with a homer from Cedric Hunter. Hunter’s eleventh blast of the season put Akron up 2-0.
Erie responded in the bottom half of the frame. With two outs, Daniel Fields singled and stole second. A follow up single by Ramon Cabrera plated Fields and cut the SeaWolves’ deficit in half. After Tyler Collins walked, Brandon Douglas cleared the bases with a triple to give Erie a 3-2 lead.
Erie grabbed another run in the second inning. Back to back singles by Luis Castillo and James Robbins led off the frame. Suarez singled in Robbins to put Erie ahead 4-2.
Akron would score the next six runs of the ballgame. After two Aeros reached base to start off the fourth, a single by Tyler Holt cut Erie’s lead to just one run. A wild pitch put runners at second and third for GiovannyUrshela to bring home the tying run on a ground out.
With the contest tied at four, Akron put up a four spot in the top of the fifth. A leadoff walk to Matt Lawson brought Jose Ramirez to the plate. Fields mishandled Ramierez’s single to center and the error scored Lawson and put Ramierz at third. A double byTyler Naquin scored Ramirez. Jesus Augilar drove in Naquin for his 98th RBI, which set the Akron franchise record. Carlos Moncrief capped the scoring with a single to make it 8-4 Aeros.
Erie answered with a four spot of their own. After loading the bases with one out, the bottom half of the Erie lineup struck. Luis Castillo’s ground rule double plated two runs. A wild pitch while James Robbins was at the dish scored Brandon Douglas from third. Robbins’ single drove in Castillo and capped of the fifth by tying the game at eight.
In the top of the sixth, Lawson led off with a walk. A ground out and asingle put runners on the corners with one out for Akron.Hunter’s sacrifice fly plated Lawson and put Akron ahead of Erie 9-8.
Erie tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Shawn Armstrong was brought in to pitch for the Aeros and walked the bases loaded. Brandon Douglas drew a walk to tie up the ballgame. Erie was unable to score any more for the rest of the night.
Akron scored the game-winning run in the seventh. Moncrief doubled with one out and scored when the next batter singled. Urshela’s single would cap the Akron scoring and put the Aeros ahead 10-9.
David Kopp (L, 3-4) took the loss after working 2.2 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on five hits and a walk. Austin Adams (W, 2-2) picked up his second win after working two innings of scoreless relief.
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