The visiting Thunder used a 3-1 win Tuesday night at Canal Park to jump out to a 1-0 lead in Game One of the Eastern League Championship Series at Canal Park.
First baseman Stephen Head collected three of the Aeros' four hits on the night, but it wasn't enough. Akron scored its lone run in the third inning on Josh Rodriguez's RBI-double. After that, the Aeros did not notch a hit against Thunder starter Eric Hacker after the fourth inning as he cruised to victory while handing the vistors early series momentum.
The Thunder bullpen finished the game with three shutout innings of relief.
Aeros right-handed starter Kevin Dixon allowed all of Trenton's three runs on five hits and four walks in his first start of the playoffs.
UP NEXT - Akron hosts Trenton again today at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. for Game Two of the Eastern League Championship Series. The Aeros are expected to send right-hander J.D. Martin (1-0, 5.40 ERA) to the mound to face Thunder right-hander Christian Garcia (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
NO PRONK, NO WIN - As expected, the Indians activated designated hitter Travis Hafner from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon with the Tribe in Baltimore, effectively ending his postseason stint with the Aeros.
Hafner had just two hits with the Aeros in two games, but they were big blows. He belted a grand slam in Game Three against Bowie and a two-run homer in the series-clinching Game Four.
Hafner had been sidelined since May 30th with a right shoulder strain. He batted .318 with four runs scored, three doubles and four RBI in seven games at Triple-A Buffalo. Following the conclusion of the Bisons season, he joined the Aeros and helped them advance to the E.L. Championship Series.