Aviators Take Two From Florence.

The Aviators used two runs to take two games from Florence Wednesday.
LOVES PARK, IL - The Rockford Aviators (5-6) took the first two games of the three game series Wednesday with the Florence Freedom (5-6) by winning a completion of a suspended game in walk-off fashion and holding on during a pitcher's duel in game two.

Winning game one was a win that was more than sixteen hours in the making as the Aviators finally defeated the Freedom 5-4 in extra innings.

The game was originally scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start on Tuesday night, but a late afternoon thunderstorm delayed the game for an hour and it didn't begin until 8:05 p.m.  The Aviators were just three outs away from the game being a complete game when the sky opened up and play was suspended until 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Play resumed on Tuesday morning with the game in the bottom of the forth inning with the Aviators at bat.  The Aviators scored four runs in the first inning of the game and were unable to score again until Wander Ramos singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning to score Edgar Corcino for the game winning run.

Josh Slaats had a solid outing for the Aviators, starting the game on Tuesday night.  He pitched four innings and gave up three runs on two hits while striking out five, but was relieved by Ryan Zimmerman on Wednesday after the game was suspended.

Zimmerman also had a strong outing for the Aviators as he pitched three innings of relief as he gave up just one run on two hits and striking out four.

Michael Schaub was credited with the win as he came in to pitch in the top of the 12th inning and struck out one batter without allowing a run.

In game two against the Freedom, it was a pitcher's duel between the starting pitchers for both teams.

Florence's Casey Henn had a bit of a rough start in the first inning when he walked Tanner Witt to begin the game and Jose Martinez drove in Witt two batters later to give the Aviators their only run of the game, but it was all they would need as they went on to win 1-0.  Henn pitched 6 innings and gave up just one run while allowing three hits and striking out five, but was unable to get any run support as he was credited with the loss.

The Aviators' Joey Wagman rebounded from a less-than-impressive first start of the season by pitching a complete game shutout to pick up the win.  Wagman retired the first eleven batters of the game before finally surrendering a hit to Sam Eberle in the fourth while striking out seven of those eleven batters.  He would go on to surrender just one more hit in the game en route to picking up his first win of the season.  He would finish the day with a season-high nine strikeouts.

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