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Aeros lose game and series to visiting Erie; drop 5-4 decision in extra innings

By Stephanie Storm Published: June 30, 2012

The Aeros lost Friday night to visiting Erie by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings, with Erie leaving town after winning the series three-games-to-one.

The SeaWolves jumped out to early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, using three doubles and a walk against Aeros starter and RHP Paolo Espino.

The outing proved to be a rough one for the usually steady Espino, who gave up four runs on seven hits over just 4 1/3 innings. Things could have been worse for Espino, however, as the SeaWolves had the bases loaded when he departed.

But reliever and RHP Tyler Strurdevant quickly halted the threat by striking out LF Rawley Bishop and coaxing RF Tony Plagman into ground out to end the inning and keep the deficit from growing.

But the Aeros offense got going in the bottom of the fifth inning, using a leadoff single from RF Thomas Neal followed by DH Adam Abraham’s walk set to set the table for 3B Kyle Bellows’ two-run double that cut the Aeros deficit in half, 4-2.

Before the inning was over, 2B Ryan Rohlinger added a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Bellows, as the Aeros pulled within a run.

The Aeros pulled even in the eighth inning when Neal’s RBI-single tied game 4-4 with one out. But the rally was short-circuited when 1B Chun Chen (who reached on a single) was throw out at home plate by Erie RF Michael Rockett, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement.

Erie SS Niuman Romero walked to lead off the 10th inning against Aeros reliever and RHP Bryan Price and then scored the winning run with two outs on RF Tony Plagman’s RBI-single.

After hitting the first batter he saw, Erie closer and RHP Bruce Rondon regrouped and went on to make quick work of the Aeros in the bottom of the inning to notch his fifth save.

The Aeros welcome the Richmond Flying Squirrels to Canal Park beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. for a four-game series to wrap up the home stand. Akron LHP T.J. House (5-2, 3.71 ERA) is slated to face Flying Squirrels RHP Chris Heston (6-3, 1.68 ERA) on the mound.


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