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Aeros Rally To Win, Keep Season Alive
Brian Barton, who hit broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth with an RBI double and Pat Osborn added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 6-4. Left-hander Tony Sipp got the save, which really should go to outfielder Trevor Crowe, whose catch in center field kept the Sea Dogs from scoring in the bottom half. Sipp got a quick strikeout, then issued two walks. Luis Jimenez followed with a drive to center that had the Sea Dogs jumping out of their dugout in anticipating of a game-winning three-run homer. But Crowe raced back and made a leaping catch against the wall. Sipp then struck out the next hitter. "At that point, Trevor either catches it or we go home," Aeros manager Tim Bogar told reporters. All of the Aeros and not just Crowe on that catch had their backs against the wall after losing the first two games of the series at home. But after falling behind 1-0, Akron took a 4-1 lead. Brad Snyder singled and eventually scored on a two-out single by Ivan Ochoa in the second to tie it, 1-1. Barton and Snyder had RBI singles in the third and Ryan Goleski led off the fifth with a homer to make it 4-1. An error by Osborn at third base helped Portland score two unearned runs in the bottom half to get within 4-3. The Sea Dogs tied it in the eighth when Travis Foley gave up two walks and hit a batter before Jim Ed Warden came on and yielding an RBI single. In the ninth, Pinckney and Goleski singled and Barton followed with a run-scoring double. After Snyder was intentionally walked, Osborn hit his sac fly to make it 6-4. Jared Sandberg singled to reload the bases, but Ochoa lined out and Wyatt Toregas grounded out. Starter Sean Smith allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over 4 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four. Reid Santos followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Pinckney went 4-for-5 with two runs; Barton was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases; Snyder went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI; and Goleski was 2-for-3 with three runs and his solo homer to lead the offense.
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