Aeros starter Steven Wright took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but lost it and the lead before Akron came back in the bottom half of the inning to beat New Britain 2-1.
Wright was effectively wild, striking out five and walking out five through six innings while the Aeros' bats were equally ineffective. As he approached 100 pitches, Matt Rizzotti broke up the no-hitter with a double just out of the reach of centerfielder Trevor Crowe. Two batters later, New Britain scored the first run of the game on first baseman Chris Colabello's double.
Wright says the no-no was of no concern.
"I try not to [think about it], because once you start thinking about it you forget what you're doing," Wright said. "If it would have been the eighth or ninth inning I think have thought about it a little more...but it would have changed the way I would'v attacked hitters."
Manager Chris Tremie said that had Wright been able to keep the no-hitter going into the ninth inning, it's possible he would have allowed him to try to finish it despite his high pitch count. Wright felt the pitch count wasn't a big deal.
"Tonight I felt good," he said. "I was throwing it [his knuckleball] for strikes. I did have four or five walks, which sucked. But they were swinging so I got them to hit it on the ground a lot."
The first batter to face New Britain starter Logan Darnell in the bottom half of the inning, Juan Diaz, quickly tied the game with a solo home run to left field. Darnell then lost his command, loaded the bases by giving up a double to Ben Copeland sandwiched in-between two walks and walked Trevor Crowe on four pitches to allow the lead run to trot home.
Kyle Bellows flashed his glove with a couple of great plays at third base. In the third, Shawn Roof hit a slow grounder to third that Bellows had to bare-hand to beat Roof to first. In the eighth, James Beresford hit a hard shot in-between Bellows and Diaz that Bellows grabbed by sliding, popped up and fired to first.Diaz had a nice play of his own. Chris Herrmann walked and then advanced to third on two wild pitches (Wright is a knuckleballer, after all). Aaron Hicks hit a fairly soft grounder to shortstop and Herrmann immediately broke for home. Instead of going to first, Diaz charged and threw home to beat Herrmann to the plate.