Beacon Journal staff report
The Aeros wrapped up their 2013 season by taking three out of four games in Altoona, Pa. On Monday, the Aeros needed 11 innings to beat the Curve 4-2.
Second baseman Matt Lawson hit two singles and drove in three runs in the victory. Lawson hit a two-run single to center in the top of the seventh inning that tied the score 2-2.
In the top of the 11th, Lawson hit an opposite-field single to right, driving home Carlos Moncrief, who had doubled, and giving the Aeros a 3-2 lead. Chris Wallace added a sacrifice fly in the inning, giving the Aeros an insurance run, and making the score 4-2.
Aeros closer Jose Flores, who pitched in his Eastern League-leading 59th game, put the Curve down in order in the bottom of the 11th for his 16th save. The winning pitcher was Austin Adams, who worked a scoreless 10th inning to improve his record to 3-2.
Brett Brach started for the Aeros and worked the first six innings, allowing just two runs, but he was denied in his bid for his 10th win of the season. He finished the year at 9-9. Jake Lowery and Alex Monsalve each had two hits for the Aeros.
The Aeros finished the season with a 68-73 record, in fifth place in the Eastern League’s West Division, 8½ games behind first-place Harrisburg.
Akron finished 4½ games ahead of last-place Altoona and was 12-9 against the Curve this season.
The Aeros finished second in the league in hitting with a team average of .269 and third in total runs scored at 650.
Since winning the Eastern League title in 2009, the Aeros advanced to the postseason last year only.