Pitching ruled the game early, and a home run won it for the Aeros in extra innings Saturday night as Akron raised its home winning streak to 11 games with a 2-1 victory over Altoona at Canal Park.
Aeros starting pitcher and LHP T.J. House earned the win by keeping the Curve off the board until the eighth inning, when they strung together three singles to score a game-tying run that eventually sent the action into extra innings.
Meanwhile, Altoona’s RHP Brandon Cumpton cruised through six innings, allowing just one hit before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Aeros DH Chun Chen led off the frame with a single, 1B Adam Abraham was hit by a pitch and with one out, LF Nick Weglarz walked to load the bases.
With that, Cumpton’s night was done, leaving it up to RHP and reliever Mike Calla to give up 2B Davis Stoneburner’s sacrifice fly that handed the Aeros a 1-0 lead.
But Altoona’s offense got to House in the next inning, using three singles capped by 2B Jarek Cuningham’s RBI-base hit to even the score, 1-1.
The score remained that way through regulation and didn’t change until the bottom of the 10th inning, when Weglarz blasted a walk-off home run into the right field bleachers to hand the Aeros the win.
The Aeros wrap up this homestand and their three-game series against the Curve today at 1:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Akron LHP Giovanni Soto (5-2, 4.22 ERA) is slated to face Altoona RHP Shairon Martis (4-1, 2.84 ERA) on the mound.