The Aeros players gathered in the home dugout, waiting out a hour and 36-minute rain delay by watching the end of the parent-club Indians come-from-behind victory over visiting Boston on the large scoreboard in right center field at Canal Park.
Rain that began in the botom of the seventh inning in Akron halted the game with the host Aeros leading 8-7 and C Chun Chen on second base with one out after he doubled to lead off the bottom half of the inning.
After an hour and 36-minute delay, the teams finished the game with the Aeros coming out on top 12-8 early Tuesday morning.
But even that score likely felt a little too close for comfort for the Aeros, who led 6-0 early in the game that began at 7:05 p.m. Monday night.
The host built the lead through the fourth inning thanks to a two-run double by Chen in the first inning, a run-scoring fielder's choice in the second, a two-run home run by Matt McBride in the third inning and a solo homer by 2B Karexon Sanchez in the fourth.
But Aeros starter LHP Kelvin De La Cruz hit a bump in the fifth inning after cruising through the first four innings scoreless. Harrisburg's three-run fifth inning ended De La Cruz's outing. In five innings he gave up the three runs on six hits but still earned the win.
The outing for Senators starter Shairon Martis was even shorter, lasting just three innings during which he allowed five runs on four hits and three walks to take the loss.
But after the Sens had pulled to within two runs, the Aeros plated two insurance runs in the sixth inning. With two outs, 1B Cristo Arnal walked and scored on a triple by LF Tim Fedroff. Fedroff then scored on a wild pitch.
But Harrisburg continued their rally using C Derek Norris' three-run home run off RHP Kyle Landis to trim the deficit to 8-7.
After the rain delay, the Aeros picked up right where they left off - this time against RHP Ryan Tatusko. CF Donnie Webb singled to put two on, Sanchez singled home a run and Beau Mills added a pinch hit two-run double as the Aeros tacked on four runs in the frame to finally put the game away for good.
The Senators added a final run in the eighth inning with three hits against closer Cory Burns. But Burns rebounded to sit down in the side in order in the ninth to preserve the win.
BIG LEAGUE HELP - Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel was assigned to Harrisburg Monday on a major league rehab assignment as the Senators opened a four-game series against the host Aeros. Ankiel has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a sprained right wrist. In what was expected to be his only rehab appearance with the Sens, Ankiel was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts - including going down looking in his first three plate appearances against De La Cruz...Chen went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI.
UP NEXT - RHP Joe Gardner (3-2, 2.70 ERA) is slated to start for the Aeros. The Senators did not name a starter for today's 7:05 p.m game at Canal Park, but RHP Erik Davis is rumored to start after being transferred from the disabled list.[ep