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Aviators fall 3-1 in series opener with Washington

LOVES PARK (WREX) - The Rockford Aviators (8-11), presented by Pearson, opened up their three game series with the Washington Wild Things (14-5) Friday night. They looked to extend their home win streak to three games in a row. Kyle Brueggemann got the start for the Aviators. He pitched 6.2 innings and allowed eight hits but only one run in his outing. The Aviators' bats did not help him out at all, has they went through a five inning span without a hit. Brueggemann would end up with the no decision.

On the other hand, Alex Kaminsky got the start for the Wild Things. Kaminsky was in control most of the night, as he lasted six innings allowing four hits and one run. He would leave the game in the seventh inning with the game tied, giving him a no decision for his start tonight as well.

The Wild Things were the first to score in Friday's night pitchers battle with the Aviators. William Beckwith hit a RBI single in the top of the fourth that put the Wild Things up 1-0.

The Aviators' bats came alive in the bottom of the 7th inning as Kenny Bryant opened the inning with a single. Edgar Corcino follwed with a single of his own, advancing Bryant to third. Ryan Breen then laid a bunt down to move Corcino over.

With a man on second and third with one out, Kyle Dhanani came to the plate for the biggest at bat of the night.

With the pressure mounting, Wild Things catcher Jim Vahlik was unable to catch the pitch from Kaminsky which resulted in a passed ball. Bryant advanced on the pitch and scored to tie the game at 1-1, while Corcino advanced to third. With Corcino on third and one out, the Aviators were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Kyle Dhanni struck out, and Mason Morioka grounded to first to end the inning.

Logan Odom came to the mound for the Aviators in the top of the eighth in relief. With a man on third and two outs, Odom was given the task to get out of the inning with the game tied.

He struggled to find the zone, as he walked the first two batters he faced, loading the bases and with two outs in the 8th, Odom threw a pitch just a little too inside that hit Wild Things outfielder Daniel Poma to bring a runner in to make the score 2-1. The next batter flew out to end the inning, but the one run scored would serve to be the turning point in the game.

The Wild Things were not done scoring, however. In the top of the ninth, first baseman William Beckwith singled off of Gerado Sanchez to left, scoring a run making the score 3-1 in favor of the Wild Things. That served to be the final run of the game as the Aviators fell for the third game in a row.

Game two of the three game series against the Wild Things will be played tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. at Aviators Stadium. The Aviators will look to end the losing streak as Ryan Zimmerman will get the start.

Aviator fans can buy tickets online, or call the box office at 815-885-2255. Fans who can't make it out to the ballpark can listen to the broadcast on the Meridix Network beginning at 6:50 p.m. The link to the broadcast can be found at www.rockfordaviators.com.

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