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Aguilar ejected as Aeros fall to Altoona 5-4

Curve take advantage of Aeros pitching struggles in late innings

Aguilar ejected as Aeros fall to Altoona 5-4
June 30, 2013
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AKRON, OHIO - Aeros first basemen Jesus Aguilar celebrated his 23rd birthday Sunday afternoon at Canal Park and did his part to contribute before getting ejected from the game in the fourth inning. Aguilar disagreed with the umpire on a called third strike and loudly voiced his frustration with the call. Before hitting the clubhouse however, Aguilar contributed two RBI's to the game off his first inning double to center field. Aguilar's double brought in Tyler Holt and Jose Ramirez, who reached first base on hard line shot that caught the leg of Altoona starter Casey Sadler causing him to leave the game after facing only one batter. Altoona then brought in LHP Nate Baker to replace Sadler and Akron later brought in Adam Abraham to replace Aguilar at first base.

After an eventful first inning, the score was tied at 2. Aeros starter Jordan Cooper (3-4, 3.25) gave up two runs in the top of the first when Altoona's Alex Dickerson hit a long ball to the right filed bleachers. In their second at-bat, Altoona put up another run off Cooper when Andy Vasquez hit an RBI triple to deep right field. The shot brought in Justin Howard who singled up the middle.

With Akron down 3-2, the innings remained scoreless until the 6th. Akron brought in righty reliever Enosil Tejeda in the top of the inning when Cooper got himself into some trouble. Cooper had left runners on first and second and Tejeda was able to get the third out by striking out the first batter he faced. Akron kept up the momentum during their at bat and tied the game at 3-3 after back to back errors by Altoona's defense and a wild pitch by reliever Zach Thornton.

Tejeda then came out in the 7th and retired the Curve batters 1-2-3. The Aeros continued to give reliever Thornton trouble. Leadoff batter Jose Ramirez singled to center field and Tyler Holt walked. Ramirez was thrown out at home on a fielders choice play by shortstop Vasquez, but it wasn't over for the Aeros. After a pitching change by Altoona, Akron scored their go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh when Altoona's LHP Jhonathan Ramos balked on his first pitch of the game with Tyler Holt on third.

Altoona's Alex Dickerson answered with a leadoff double in the top of the 8th to get things started. Dickerson advanced to third base on a pass ball and Charles Cutler reached first base on an intentional walk by Tejeda. After a coaching visit to the mound, Tejeda was replaced by LHP J.D. Reichenbach. Things didn't go so well for Reichenbach either in the top of the 8th as he gave up three consecutive walks to Altoona batters and walked in the tying and go-ahead runs. The Aeros got out of the inning on double play by left fielder Carlos Moncrief. 

The Aero's replaced Reichenbach with righty Shawn Armstrong in the top of the 9th inning. Armstrong struck out two and gave up one hit, a double to Altoona's Alex Dickerson.

Justin Toole led off the bottom of the 9th for the Aeros and reached first off a hard hit ball to second base. Ramirez flew out to left field for the first out of the inning and Tyler Holt struck out. Refusing to give up with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Quincy Latimore hit a double to left center to put runners on second and third with two outs. With the tying run at 3rd base and the go ahead at second, Giovanny Urshela struck out on a 2-2 count to end the game. The final score was 5-4 Altoona. Ramos got the “W” on the game for Altoona and Tejeda gets the loss for the Aeros.

Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez couldn't pinpoint what exactly went wrong for the Aeros Sunday afternoon but pointed out that Aguilar getting ejected in the 4th inning was detrimental to the game.

“Twice we came up with runners on second and third and that was his (Aguilar's) spot to hit," Rodriguez said, "He needs to understand that it's not only about him, its about the team – and he is hurting the team doing that.”

Rodriguez wrote off the loss as simply “a bad game”.

The Aeros have a record of 39-43 and continue their season on the road with 8 road games and the East vs. West EL All-Star game before returning to Canal Park on July 11th. 

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