The Aeros didn’t really need the help of a major leaguer Wednesday night in their 6-3 victory over visiting Harrisburg at Canal Park, but they sure didn’t mind having Indians rehabbing catcher Lou Marson along for the ride.
Marson, recovering from his second disabled list stint (this one for right shoulder inflammation) this season, went 1-for-3 with a single and made a play at the plate to tag out a runner in his six innings of work.
Harrisburg opened the game’s scoring with a bang thanks to right fielder Steven Souza Jr’s two-out, two-run home run in the third inning.
But the Aeros tied the game and then took a 3-2 lead all in the bottom of the fourth inning. The rally beagn with first baseman Jesus Aguilar’s lead-off double, continued with right fielder Carlos Moncrief’s walk and capped by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez’s two-run triple and third baseman Giovanny Urshela’s run-scoring single.
But Souza struck again two batters into the fifth inning as the Senators tied the game on his RBI double, giving him three RBI in his first two at bats.
Marson had the opprotunity to test his defensive skills on a clean play at the plate in the fifth inning when a charging throw from left fielder Quincy Latimore arrived in plenty of time for Marson to tag out Souza and preserve a 3-3 tie.
But a solo home run by Aeros shortstop Jose Ramirez - just his secon longball of the season – put Akron back on top 4-3 for good in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Aeros tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to push their lead to a more comfortable three-run lead for closer Jose Flores to notch his fifth save.
Aeros starting pitcher Will Roberts improved to 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA with the win. The right-hander limited Harrisburg’s batters to three runs on six hits and struck out seven. Meanwhile, Senators starter Rob Gilliam (1-1, 4.50 ERA) took the loss. In five innings, the right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits.
Aeros left-hander Matt Packer (2-5, 3.33 ERA) is slated to face Senators right-hander Blake Treinen (4-5, 4.76 ERA) Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park to rap up the brief three-game homestand.