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Akron Aeros 11, Senators 2: Big seventh inning is key

Beacon Journal staff report

A big seventh inning allowed the Aeros to take three of four games this past weekend in Harrisburg, Pa., winning Sunday 11-2 over the Senators. By taking the final three games of the series, the Aeros (50-51) pulled to within 4½ games of the first-place Senators (55-47). The Aeros will take on second-place Bowie in the start of a three-game series tonight.

The key to the win was to add to their 3-2 lead in the seventh. The Aeros sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on seven hits. It matched the Aeros’ high for runs in an inning this year. Tyler Holt and Cedric Hunter hit doubles, but the big blow was a three-run homer by Carlos Moncrief. The right-field shot gave the Aeros a 10-2 lead.

Right-hander Brett Brach earned his sixth win, by giving up just four hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high seven. Shawn Armstrong and Jose Flores each worked a scoreless inning in relief.

Moncrief, Holt and Francisco Lindor all had three hits. Moncrief finished with four RBI, while Lindor’s three singles plated two runs. Alex Monsalve and Hunter each hit two-run doubles. The hit was Monsalve’s first at the AA level.


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