Aeros fall 12-7 in extra innings
Bryson surrenders five runs in top of the 11th innings to doom Akron
Akron, OH – Both teams played to the best of their abilities, but it was the Rock Cats who pulled out a 12-7 victory in a thriller on Saturday night at Canal Park.
Both teams took the lead in the ninth inning and the Rock Cats scored five runs to win the game in the 11th inning.
Although starting pitcher Toru Murata did well and the Aeros held the lead for the majority of the game, it was the Aeros bullpen who proved to be their undoing, giving up all 12 runs in the final four innings of the game.
The four-hour game had three ties and three lead changes before the Rock Cats finally secured the victory in the 11th.
Picking up right where they left off from a terrific hitting performance the night before, the Aeros struck first. In the second inning, Tyler Holt hit an RBI single to score Jesus Aguilar and Carlos Moncriefscored from third base when Giovanny Urshela grounded out into a double play to take the lead 2-0.
Holt has hit 22 RBI this season.
Ramirez continued to cause troubles for New Britain’s pitching, going 2-for-6 with a triple. He has now reached base with either a hit or walk in nine straight games.
The Rock Cats threatened to score in the fourth inning as Nate Hanson hit a one-out double and advanced to third base, but did not cross home plate as Miguel Sano of New Britain grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Both sides remained relatively quiet until the top of the eighth inning, when Jordan Parraz of the Rock Cats hit a solo home run to reduce the lead to 3-1. It was Parraz’s third home run of the season.
The Rock Cats continued the comeback with a two-out RBI double from Hanson to tie the game at 3-3.
The game would not be deadlocked for long, as the Aeros’ bats came alive once again. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Urshela hit an RBI triple to score Aguilar and Moncrief and scored himself on a passed ball, extending the lead to 6-3.
Urshela has batted in 22 runs for the Aeros in 2013.
The Rock Cats proved that they were not finished and took the Aeros to their limits once again.
Sano reached first base to lead off the ninth inning followed by a double from Reynaldo Rodriguez. The next batter,Daniel Ortiz, hit an RBI single to reduce the lead to 6-4, which was Ortiz’s 38th RBI of the season.
Pinch Hitter Curt Smith hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Rodriguez for his 13th RBI, but then the Aeros lost their narrow lead. Danny Santana hit a single to advance Ortiz to third base and Eddie Rosario hit another single to bring him home and tie the game.
After allowing the Rock Cats to tie the game in the ninth, Jose Flores was relieved by Bryce Stowell who walked Hanson to load the bases, and then walked Josmil Pinto for New Britain to take the lead at 7-6.
Overall, the Rock Cats had four runs and four hits in the ninth.
However, the Aeros refused to lose right away and would rally in the bottom of the ninth. Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI double to score Rodriguez and tie the game.
As the game continued into the eleventh inning, the Rock Cats took the lead yet again. Rosario hit an RBI single (his 2nd of the season) off of Rob Bryson to score Santana. Miguel Sano hit a two-run RBI triple and it was followed by a two-run home run hit by Rodriguez to extend the lead to 12-7.
It was Rodriguez’s 11th home run for the Rock Cats this year.
After five runs were scored off of Bryson, he was replaced by Enosil Tejeda. Altogether, six pitchers took the mound for the Aeros, including five relievers in the last four innings of the game.
Bryson recorded the loss, his first and only loss in his first decision of the season.
With such a difficult loss on Saturday night, Manager Edwin Rodriguez believes it is best for the Aeros to put it behind them and move forward.
“They have to turn the page, that’s one thing we have to do” Rodriguez said. “If we had won that game, it would have been the same for the other team, but we have to turn the page and we have a day game tomorrow, and it starts out 0-0.”
Although no one hitter stood out for the Aeros at the plate, the team as a whole put up impressive numbers, but it unfortunately came in a difficult loss. They scored seven runs and recorded 10 hits, including two triples and four doubles.
Through the first two games of their series against the Rock Cats, they have 22 hits opposed to New Britain’s 29.
Toru Murata started at the mound for Akron and had a very successful outing, not giving up a single run and only five hits in seven solid innings but rough outings in the bullpen denied him a victory.
Murata was replaced by Cole Cook in the eighth inning and he was hammered by aggressive New Britain hitters as he gave up three runs in 2/3 innings pitched as the Rock Cats tied the game.
Cook was relieved by Jose Flores, who had major troubles of his own, giving up four runs in only one inning pitched.
In his first game with the Rock Cats after transferring from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Virgil Vazquez had difficulty controlling the Aeros’ strong hitting from the beginning, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
The Indians’ Minor League Player of the Week Ronny Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a double, before he was replaced by Justin Toole in the tenth inning.
Tyler Holt went 1-for-5 with an RBI. However, Holt’s best work comes from center field as he is one of the league’s top outfielders, committing only one error all season.
With this loss, the Aeros drop to 35-38 for the season and are 4-4 in extra innings this year. The Rock Cats are also 35-38 with a 2-4 record in extras as well.
The Aeros conclude their homestand as they face off against the Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Matt Packer is scheduled to start for the Aeros and he faces off against Trevor May of New Britain.
The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm.