John Drennen broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 12th inning with a game-winning walk-off RBI single to give the Akron Aeros a 4-3 win in game one of a three-game series against the Harrisburg Senators Tuesday at Canal Park.
Left-handed pitcher Cory VanAllen allowed the Drennen double and suffered the loss for Harrisburg.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Sturdevant recorded the win pitching two scoreless innings of relief and scattering one hit. Right-hander Steve Wright made the start for Akron and lasted 4.1 innings giving up three earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three.
The Aeros (64-58) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when John Drennen walked with the bases loaded.
Ben Copeland doubled home Jordan Henry in the bottom of the second inning to make it 2-0.
The Senators (68-54) cut the lead in half at 2-1 in the top of the third inning when Derek Norris hit a solo home run.
In the top of the fifth inning, Harrisburg took the lead. Josh Johnson opened the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Wright wild pitch. He scored on an Erik Komatsu RBI double that tied the game 2-2. Later in the frame, Tyler Moore singled home Komatsu to give the Senators a 3-2 lead.
It remained 3-2 until the Aeros rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning. John Drennen led off with a single and, with one out, advanced to second on a Donnie Webb single. Kyle Bellows pinch hit for Cristo Arnal and singled home Drennen to tie the game 3-3 and force extra innings.
The game was tied until the 12th inning when Drennen singled home Copeland to give Akron the win.
The Aeros and Senators will continue their three-game series on Wednesday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland, who is 9-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark, who is 7-8 with a 5.38 ERA this season.
Wednesday is a Charity Begins at Home Night, as the Aeros season-long community outreach program continues. This special Wednesday night event raises funds and awareness for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
It is also “Get Wasted” Wednesday. Learn to recycle with the Akron Aeros and get educated on the benefits of recycling and going GREEN! Fans can bring their unwanted electronics to Canal Park to be recycled by Computer Recycling of Akron.