Game Recap 8/7: Chisenhall Homers Help McFarland's Debut
The Aeros defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 10-6 in a slugfest Saturday night, jumping back to their winning ways the night after snapping a season-high six-game losing streak. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall homered twice in the final three innings as Akron overcame a rough Double-A debut from left-hander T.J. McFarland in front of 6,489 fans at New Britain Stadium. With the win, the Aeros (58-54) are now 3.5 games behind the Western Division wild card and the Rock Cats fell to 33-81.
Akron started with a bang in the top of the second against New Britain starting pitcher Deolis Guerra. First baseman Beau Mills led off the second with a double and shortstop Carlos Rivero created an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI single to right field.
The lead did not last long as the Rock Cats responded against McFarland in the bottom half of the frame. Erik Lis smashed a two-run homer to right field while a double-steal, double-error play plated two more to create a three-run deficit for the Aeros.
New catcher Juan Apodaca promptly led another rally in the top of the third with a single before back-to-back singles from left fielder Cristo Arnal and center fielder Jordan Henry loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Apodaca and Akron reclaimed a 6-4 lead on two-run singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and right fielder John Drennen.
New Britain tied the game in the bottom of that frame on four singles and a run-scoring walk but the visitors re-claimed the edge for good in the fourth. Designated hitter Tim Fedroff started with a double and later scored on Guerra