The Aeros dropped the final two games of their four-game series to visiting Harrisburg (23-20) Thursday morning at Canal Park Thursday.
The Aeros (22-26) lost Wednesday's suspended game 7-6, then dropped the regulary-scheduled seven-inning contest 5-1. They have now lost three consecutive games, tying them for their longest streak of the season. As part of an early 10:35 a.m. Education Day start, a season high 6,832 fans were in atteandance.
One bright spot for the Aeros was OF Tim Fedroff, who doubled in the suspended game to extend his hitting streak to an Eastern League best 19 games.
In the first game, RHP Austin Adams (who started in Wedesday's game for the host), took the tough-luck loss in pitching just 1 1/3 innings in which he gave up two earned runs on three hits. For the Senators, RHP Brad Peacock picked up the win in 6 2/3 innings of relief. He limited the Aeros to two earned runs on three hits while striking out nine and allowing just one walk. Harrisburg RHP Carlos Martninez worked his way out of trouble in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up the save.
Picking up Wednesday's suspended game with it tied 1-1 in the top of the second inning, the Senators Steve Lombardozzi hit an infield RBI single to give the vistors the lead. A two-run homer by Bill Rhinehart made the score 4-1. Derek Norris followed with a solo homer in the fifth inning and the Senators got two more runs in the seventh inning on Alex Valdez's two-run home run.
Despite the deficit, the Aeros battled back in the eighth inning. C Chun Chen led off the inning with a ground-rule double that hopped over the right-center field wall then moved to third on a ground out. INF Cristo Arnal followed with an infield single that scored Chen and pulled the host within five runs, 7-2. Then with two outs, Fedroff doubled and Jared Goedert hit a three-run home run to cut the deficit to 7-5.
The Aeros added a run in the ninth inning, but Martinez coaxed OF Jordan Henry to line out to end the threat and the game.
In the second game, Akron lost in seven innings despite LHP T.J. McFarland pitching a complete game. McFarland took the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out five. For Harrisburg, RHP Jimmy Barthmaier earned the win after tossing three scoreless innings in relief. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out three.
The Aeros got things started offensively in the first inning when with two outs, 1B Beau Mills and OF Matt McBride smacked back-to-back doubles to take a 1-0 lead. But the Senators jumped in front in the third on Tim Pahuta's two-run home run to right field. Harrisburg added three in the top of the fourth inning and one in the seventh to earn the win.