Aeros first baseman Jesus Aguilar smacked his team-high tying 16th home run in the fourth inning to raise his already league-leading RBI total to 101 and the Aeros rallied from behind to force extra innings.
But after solid relief outings from Shawn Armstrong and Austin Adams for a combined 2 2/3 innings, the SeaWolves strung together three consecutive hits with one out in the top of the 10th inning against Jose Flores to claim a 5-4 extra-inning victory that eliminated the Aeros from playoff contention.
Aguilar’s big bash broke up the SeaWolves shutout bid, who still led 4-1. The Aeros finally began to make up for lost ground with a three-run seventh inning that tied the game.
After Erie starter Ramon Garcia got the first out of the seventh inning, the next three Aeros batters reached safely when Aguilar singled, left fielder Adam Abraham walked and second baseman Matt Lawson singled home Agualir to cut the deficit to two runs, 4-2.
That’s when reliever Will Startup took over for Garcia, and after quickly getting the second out of the inning, gave up a Texas League single to designated hitter Chris Wallace that scored two more runs and knotted the game 4-all.
Although Adams got himself into a jam when he loaded the bases in the ninth inning, he rebounded to halt the threat with his fifth strikeout - a 98 mph fastball that retired designated hitter Ramon Cabrera.
But the feisty SeaWolves weren’t deterred and mounted a final rally against Flores, with third baseman Wade Gaynor driving in the game winner with an RBI single to right.
Next up for the Aeros is right-hander Brett Brach (8-9, 5.12 ERA) scheduled to face SeaWolves right-hander Warwick Saupold (7-5, 3.37 ERA) Wednesday at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m.