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Aeros avoid sweep with 13-3 blowout win over B-Mets

Akron bats finally come alive as Aeros win their first game of the season

Aeros avoid sweep with 13-3 blowout win over B-Mets
April 7, 2013
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AKRON, OH -- The Akron Aeros finally got their first win of the 2013 season Sunday afternoon, avoiding a four-game sweep with a 13-3 blowout of the Binghamton Mets at Canal Park.

Akron's bats finally woke up after only scoring seven runs in their first three games, erupting for 13 runs on 15 hits. Manager Edwin Rodriguez was happy to see the offense appear while avoiding a sweep to start the season.

"They were able to make adjustments," Rodriguez said of why the team hit well today. "The hitters, they were rushing, they were trying to do too much. Now they've settled down, [especially] in that second half of the game.

"We kept saying -- me and the hitting coach Jimmy Rickon -- keep pushing, keep battling and it will come. And it did come."

The Aeros pulled away from the B-Mets in the sixth inning. A combination of six singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly scored Akron four runs off of Binghamton starter Tyler Pill and reliever Mark Cohoon, making the score 5-2. Akron batted around and Rodriguez was impressed with how his team strung together a nice little rally.

"On a field like this where the ball doesn't really carry out too much," Rodriguez said. "You have to do that. Put the ball in play, don't try to do too much, take the extra base, and they did that."

Akron continued the hit parade in the seventh with five more runs, going up 10-3 in an inning highlighted by a double by designated hitter Chun Chen over Binghamton center fielder Alonzo Harris' head and a two-run single by first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

Concluding Akron's scoring, the B-Mets fell apart defensively in the eighth inning, committing three errors while allowing the Aeros to score three runs on only one hit.

All told, Akron scored 12 runs on 13 hits between the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings as they blew the game wide open.

Aguilar led the offense Sunday, going 3-for-4 with five RBI and a sacrifice fly. The first baseman struggled a bit in the first two games, but he is coming around now.

"He was swinging very good early in Spring Training," Rodriguez said of Aguilar. "Then he didn't get to play much in the big league games. So he was kind of slowed down. Now he's getting to play again.

"He can drive the ball to the opposite field, he can hit home runs. I think that's what we're going to see from him. He's a very good hitter. It happens that he has power, but he's a very good hitter."

"That's the key for me," Aguilar said of just putting the ball in play. "I have a lot of power, so if I make contact to whatever part of the field, the ball can go there. So just try to poke the ball and see what happens."

Shortstop Jose Ramirez continued his season-long hit streak, also going 3-for-4 and moving to 8-for-16 on the season. Ramirez may not stand out with raw tools, but Rodriguez is impressed nonetheless.

"He's just a ballplayer," Rodriguez said. "He knows how to play the game. As a scout, you try to put numbers [on him]: his arm is below average, his defense is barely average, he's average run. [But] he's just a good ballplayer. He knows how to play the game."

The Aeros were limited to five runs on 10 hits, three walks, and 17 strikeouts in 17.2 innings against the first three B-Mets starters, all Baseball America Top 30 prospects for the Mets. Akron found a way to get to Pill, another Top 30 prospect, though.

Aeros starter Paolo Espino had an up-and-down outing Sunday, only making it through four innings with five hits, two walks, a hit by pitch, a balk, and two runs. Espino did manage five strikeouts, however, and Rodriguez liked how he battled on the mound.

"I was very pleased with the way that Espino handled the situation," Rodriguez said. "He did not have his best stuff today but he found a way to keep us in the game. That's what good pitchers do."

The bullpen was solid for Akron, with right-handers Cole Cook and Kyle Landis and left-hander Edward Paredes combining for one run on five hits, one walk, and five strikeouts in five innings. Rodriguez has been particularly impressed with Paredes' work so far in the season.

"I don't think so," Rodriguez said when asked if Paredes would be in Akron for long. "He's a guy that, as I've said before, can help this organization at any level."

The Aeros (1-3) will host the Altoona Curve (2-2) tomorrow night at 6:35. Right-hander Toru Murata will make his first start of the season for Akron while Altoona will send right-hander Tyler Waldron to the mound.


Attendance: 1,771... Time of Game: 3:23... First pitch was at 2:07... Game time temperature: 71 degrees... The B-Mets struck first when doubles by left fielder Darrell Ceciliani and catcher Blake Forsythe gave Binghamton a 2-0 lead in the third inning...The Aeros are now 150-118 all-time against the B-Mets.

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