The words losing and streak have not been commonly used together this season amongst Aeros players and coaches.
In fact, the host Aeros came into Saturday’s baseball game with the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park having only lost two games in a row once this season.
That changed following the Senators 6-5 victory to give the Aeros their second game two-game slide of the season.
Even with the loss, the Aeros (22-11) still remain atop the Eastern League Western Division and four games ahead of the second-place Senators (19-16).
“Our guys are playing very well,” Aeros manager Chris Tremie said. “I wouldn’t consider two games a losing streak.
“We have done a lot of good things defensively, pitching and with our offense. We are going to continue to do that. We just came up a little short today.”
Right-handed pitcher Brett Brach made his first start of the season for the Aeros after being promoted from Class-A Carolina Saturday and took the loss. He worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs and 10 hits.
Akron’s first two-game losing streak came with setbacks to the Binghamton Mets and Bowie BaySox on May 3 and 4, respectively. That came after the Aeros compiled a season-high eight-game winning streak from April 24 to May 2 and included victories over Bowie, the Altoona Curve, and Binghamton.
“We have a lot of quality guys who know what this game is all about,” Aeros outfielder Jared Goedert said. “It is a long season. Coming to play everyday, you have got to be consistent.”
The Aeros scored four earned runs and got seven hits off Senators right-handed pitcher Robert Gilliam over four innings. Righty Kevin Pucetas earned the win with four scoreless innings of relief and righty Christian Garica tossed one inning for a save.
Harrisburg led 1-0 in the first following three singles in a row by Jesus Valdez, Tim Pahuta and Destin Hood with two outs.
Catcher Michel Hernandez gave the Aeros a 3-1 lead with a bases clearing double to left-center field that scored Adam Abraham, Thomas Neal and Kyle Bellows.
“Michel did a great job going up there with the bases loaded and looking for a pitch to drive,” Tremie said. “He got it and he put a good swing on it.”
The Senators tied the score at 3-3 in the third when Pahuta singled in Jeff Kobernus and Sandy Leon doubled in Hood.
The Senators took a 5-3 lead after Sean Nicol and Jose Lozada both singled to start the fourth. Kobernus scored Nicol with a sacrifice fly and Valdez singled in Lozada.
Chun Chen singled in Tim Fedroff to trim the Aeros deficit to 5-4 in the fifth.
The teams traded runs in the final two innings when Lozada singled in Leon in the eighth and Hernandez batted in Neal in the ninth.
Goedert stays hot
Goedert went 2-for-4 Saturday to raise his batting average to .380. He is second in the Eastern League in hitting behind Reading’s Darin Ruf (.387).
“I am just trying to be consistent,” Goedert said. “I think that is the key. I try to make adjustments when I feel a little bit off as soon as I can. I have been doing a better job of that so far this year. At the same time, I feel good swinging and I have been having the ball bounce my way. I think having a consistent and aggressive approach day in and day out is important.”
Right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino was called up to Triple-AAA Columbus. . . . Senators left-hander Mike Ballard and Aeros left-hander T.J. House are the scheduled starting pitchers for today’s game at 1:05 p.m.