Erie SeaWolves 11, Akron RubberDucks 8

It was “Bark in the Park” night in Akron, and the hundreds of canines in attendance watched both teams’ pitching get treated like chew toys in an 11-8 loss. A late rally from the Ducks couldn’t quite erase the 11-1 deficit they faced entering the sixth inning. Erie’s offense bounced back from a Tuesday night shutout with a nine-run output in the fifth inning to snap a four-game win streak for Akron.

Starter, Bullpen, Dig Hole Early

Jaime Arias-Bautista’s ruff night started in the top of the first, when a bases loaded double gave Erie a 2-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Arias-Bautista staved off the Erie bats until the fifth, which is when Erie got the insurance runs they would need. 

He hit a batter and conceded a trio of singles, which brought up the hot bat of Kerry Carpenter. 

He entered the at-bat 2-2 after having two of the Seawolves’ four hits on Tuesday. With a 2-2 count, Carpenter rocketed a pitch to the right field porch, ending Arias-Bautista’s night and giving his team a 7-1 lead. 

Arias-Bautista, a soft throwing left-hander who has bounced across three minor league teams already, was never going to get a ton of swings and misses. 48 of his 66 pitches were for strikes, but he only managed three strikeouts. The balls expected to be put in play were hit too hard, and out of the reach of his defense.

Despite the unfortunate output, Arias-Bautista wasn’t assessed the loss for the game. That honor went to his reliever, Nick Gallagher. He gave up another pair of runs before recording the first out of the inning, and by the time the hit parade was over, Erie had put a 9 on the scoreboard and held an 11-1 lead. 

Offense Breaks Out in Middle Innings

Akron’s offense didn’t back down, and in the sixth inning, Will Brennan added to his EL-leading RBI total with a three run homer. Next inning Micah Pries found the bullpen in right for Akron’s third homer of the night. Julian Escobedo, George Valera, and Brennan each knocked in a run, making it an 11-8 game. 

However, Erie closed the door and went unscathed for the final two innings, and secured a victory that brought them even with Akron in the standings.

Akron looks to bounce back against the Wolves Thursday night at 6:35, with Joey Cantillo set to take the mound.

Notable Performances:

P Jaime Arias-Bautista: 4.0 IP, 7 ER, 3 K

P Nick Gallagher: 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB

DH Will Brennan: 2-4, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R

RF George Valera: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

CF Julian Escobedo: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

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