The Aeros picked up their 10th consecutive home win Friday in a back-and-forth 8-7 win over visiting Altoona Friday night at Canal Park.
Aeros LF Nick Weglarz sparked the night’s scoring with a solo home with one out in the fifth inning.
But the Curve answered with two runs the following inning against Aeros starter and RHP Paolo Espino after DH Ramon Cabrera led off with a double and RF Quincy Latimore followed with an RBI triple.
The Aeros offense got back to work in the sixth inning, chasing Curve starter and LHP Nathan Baker from the game after CF Thomas Neal scored on 3B Kyle Bellows’ double to tie the game, 2-2.
But the lead continued to seesaw back and forth when Altoona plated two more runs in the seventh inning against Aeros reliever and RHP Toru Murata. The Aeros countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead against the Curve bullpen, highlighted by RF Ben Copeland’s two-run single up the right field line.
But once again Altoona pulled even with a run in the eighth. CF Miles Durham led off against Murata with a single, took second on a wild pitch then scored on 1B Jeremy Farrell’s single. But with RHP Kyle Landis having replaced Murata on the mound, Farrell was thrown out at the plate by Copeland to keep the score tied 5-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Copeland continued his big night in the bottom of the frame when the Aeros cracked open the tie with three runs against Curve reliever and RHP Jeff Inman. Two walks followed by a pair of big hits by DH Michel Hernandez and Copeland.
Reliever and RHP Bryce Stowell pitched around trouble in the ninth for the Aeros, striking out the first batter he faced before walking the second. Cabrera then promptly hit a two-run home run to cut the Aeros’ lead to a run.
But RF Quincy Latimore and Durham followed with back-to-back seeing-eye singles before Stowell rebounded to strike out Farrell. Copeland came to the rescue for the final out, making a diving catch in shallow right to preserve the win.
The Aeros continue this homestand with the second game of a three-game series against the Curve tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Akron LHP T.J. House (4-1, 2.82 ERA) is slated to face Altoona RHP Brandon Cumpton (7-4, 3.12 ERA) on the mound.