Thunder storms the Aeros, 13-8
Akron, OH - One thing is certain for the 2013 Akron Aeros. Every game so far has been, well, entertaining.That was little consolation for the Aeros Monday night, when they spotted the Trenton Thunder a seven-run head start, and ended up losing a high-octane shootout, 13-8, at Canal Park.
The Aeros (6-12) were hoping to build on the momentum of a win over Bowie on Sunday. The young Yankees prospects on the Thunder, however, had other ideas.
A throwing error by Akron's Jesus Aguilar with one out in the fourth inning opened the floodgates for seven unearned runs for the Thunder. When all was said and done, 12 Trenton hitters came to the plate in the inning. Five of the runs were charged to starter Matt Packer (0-2). Packer complicated things by walking two in the inning, and later serving up a two-run double to Trenton's Rob Segedin.
To the Aeros' credit, however, they scratched out five runs in the bottom of the fourth against lefty Francisco Rondon (2-0). Chris Wallace walked and Carlos Moncrief singled before a Kyle Bellows RBI double. Ronny Rodriguez reached on an error, one of five Trenton miscues on the night, which allowed Bellows to score. Jose Ramirez later added a sacrifice fly and Quincy Latimore closed the rally with an RBI double.
Trenton (11-7) kept hammering away, scoring three more runs off reliever Cole Cook. Cook allowed five runs in relief of Packer and struggled with his control. He walked three and threw four wild pitches.
Being no respecter of relievers, the Thunder also touched up righthander Bryce Stowell for a run in the seventh (unearned), and Jose Flores for two in the ninth (one unearned). The Aeros committed three errors in the game.
Rondon labored through five innings to pick up his second win of the season. He got relief help from Graham Stoneburner who worked the final four innings for his first save. Stoneburner allowed a pair of harmless runs in the seventh, but held Akron at bay till the finish line.
Trenton's Ramon Flores was 2-5, with two RBI and three runs scored from the lead-off spot. For Akron, Bellows was 2-3, with a double and two RBI. Latimore snapped a 0-23 skid with a two-hit night.
Another bright spot for the Akron bullpen was righthander Austin Adams, who made his second relief appearance since joining the club last Friday. Using a blazing fastball that topped out at 95 mph, Adams retired three straight hitters in the eighth.
The Aeros and Thunder will continue the homestand Tuesday night at 6:35. LHP Matt Tracy (1-1, 16.20) will get he starting assignment for the Thunder, and RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, 5.02) will get the ball for the Aeros.