Erie downs Aeros 8-5 in Wednesday matinee

Erie downs Aeros 8-5 in Wednesday matinee
Erie downs Aeros 8-5 in Wednesday matinee

Erie's Jordan Lennerton had three hits, including a three-run home run, as the SeaWolves defeated the Aeros, 8-5, Wednesday afternoon at Canal Park.

The SeaWolves (38-38) have won the first two games of the series.  After winning by an identical 8-5 margin on Tuesday, they scored eight runs again Wednesday, undaunted by Akron's league-leading pitching staff.  They have collected 22 hits in the last two games, including four homers.  The SeaWolves have now won eight of the 12 games they've played against the Aeros this season.

Lennerton's home run, his 15th, capped a five-run sixth inning that gave the SeaWolves an 8-4 lead.  He has worn out Aeros pitching this year to the tune of a .345 average.

Trailing 4-3, the first two Erie hitters of the sixth inning reached base against Aeros starter Steven Wright (6-5).  Corey Jones doubled, and Luis Sanz was hit by a pitch.  That was it for Wright, who entered the game with a league-leading 1.64 ERA.  Loek van Mil entered the game and, on his first pitch, Jones and Sanz pulled off a double steal.  Van Mil then surrendered a run-scoring single to Jamie Johnson to tie the game.  With Sanz at third, the next hitter, Niuman Romero executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Sanz and give the SeaWolves a 5-4 lead. After a walk to the next hitter, Lennerton homered to center to make it 8-4.

The home run wrecked van Mil's scoreless streak at 13 1/3 innings.  He had not given up a run in his previous seven relief appearances.

Wright worked five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  After a strong start with five strikeouts over the first two innings, Wright gave up a two-run home run to Tony Plagman in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

The Aeros (47-31) took an early lead on a two-run homer by Nick Weglarz in the first inning off Kelvin De La Cruz (5-7).  It was Weglarz's team-leading 11th homer of the season.  Thomas Neal had the other big hit for the Aeros, a two-run double in the fifth of De La Cruz to give the Aeros a short-lived 4-3 lead,  Neal has four hits in the series, all for extra bases—three doubles and a homer.

The Aeros and SeaWolves will play game three of the series on Thursday evening at 7:05.  RHP Patrick Cooper (2-0, 4.36) will start for Erie, while RHP Brett Brach (2-3, 3.86) will start for the Aeros.