AKRON AEROS 8, ERIE SEAWOLVES 1
KEY STATS: Aeros catcher Carlos Santana smashed his team-leading seventh home run of the season to left-center field in the second inning, as he went 1-for-2 with the homer, an RBI, two runs scored and two walks while raising his season batting average to .306.
KEY MOMENTS: The Aeros used their biggest inning of the season to spark them to the win - a seven-run sixth inning against Erie starter Luis Marte. Marte entered the frame with the game tied 1-1. But two ground-rule doubles, back-to-back two-run singles and a pair of errors along with a fielder's choice did him in as the Aeros batted around and sent 12 men to the plate.
STORM'S STAR: Aeros starting pitcher Hector Rondon improved to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 by limiting the hot-hitting SeaWolves to one run on three hits through six innings. While he did not have his trademark control in issuing a season-high four walks, he threw strikes when he needed to get of trouble.
NOTES: Erie left fielder Joe Tucker got his second start of the series Monday with a another large group of fans in attendance for support for the visiting player. Tucker, a former Canton Central Catholic and Kent State product, was drafted by Detroit in 2006 and is in just his third professional season. Tucker started the season at high Class-A Lakeland in the Florida State League. In 19 games with Erie he's batting .235 (12-for-51) with three doubles, a home runs, five RBI and 11 runs scored.
* The 9,118 fans who took in the Aeros game on the beautiful holiday afternoon made it into the record books as the sixth largest crowd in Canal Park history. Not only was the game a ticket buyout by Subway, but a walk-up crowd of 1,150 helped pack the park to the brim. The big crowd also had a hand in two fan interference calls in the Aeros big seven-run sixth inning, including Beau Mills' lead-off shot to the right field wall that was called a grond-rule double after a fan reached out of the bleachers and grabbed it.
"It was a borderline call that could have gone either way," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "But a fan went over the fence so we'll never know. For a minute there, I thought Jeffrey Maier came back."
UP NEXT: After splitting the series with Erie, the Aeros begin a three-game series with Reading (Philadelphia Phillies) tonight at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. Aeros right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (4-0, 0.31 ERA) and R-Phils right-hander Vance Worley (3-2, 3.22 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
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