After falling behind visiting Binghamton 5-1 Tuesday night at Canal Park, the Aeros rallied to force extra innings before C Chun Chen completed the comeback with a walk-off RBI single to right field that gave the host a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.
Knowing fell well what was in store for him if he dared to round the bases and head toward home plate, Chen took a detour into shallow left field as 2B Ryan Rohlinger scored the winning run.
But Chen couldn’t escape the game-honored tradition of celebration that includes a lot of good-natured pounding on the head, as his teammates followed him to the outfield and mobbed him anyway.
Ironically, Chen didn’t even start the game, initially getting the night off. But Aeros manager Chris Tremie inserted him into the action as a pinch runner in the seventh inning and he responded by promptly delivering an RBI-double that pulled the Aeros to within a run, 5-4.
Chen then led off the ninth inning with a single, scoring the tying run on SS Juan Diaz’s no-out single. In the 10th, Rohlinger led off with a walk and came around to score on Chen’s game-winner, as the extra-inning victory marked the Aeros third of the week.
With the win, Akron increased its win streak to seven games and raised its Eastern League-leading record to 16-6.
In his Double-A debut, Aeros LHP T.J. House allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in six-plus innings…Chen, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for C Roberto Perez in the seventh inning, went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI.
Next Game: Akron LHP Giovanni Soto (2-0, 4.05 ERA) versus Binghamton LHP Mark Cohoon (2-2, 2.25 ERA) Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park.