Aeros drives Squirrels nuts with 14 hits in 6-2 win
Richmond, VA — The hits just kept on coming for the Akron Aeros Friday night in Richmond. By the end of the night, the Flying Squirrels weren’t sure if they had been in a ball game or a special edition of American Top 40.
After collecting 13 hits in a win on Thursday, the Aeros surpassed that mark by one, pounding out 14 hits on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Squirrels in game two of a five-game series at The Diamond. Every Akron batter had at least one hit, and five had two.
It was the third straight win overall, and second straight triumph over Richmond, for the Aeros (42-45). The club is now 3-2 on the current road trip. First-place Harrisburg swept a doubleheader from Bowie on Friday, leaving the Aeros five games out of first in the EL West.
For the second night in a row, Akron spotted the Squirrels (41-45) a two-run lead. As it turned out, they were the only two runs righthander Jordan Cooper (4-4) would give up on the night. After giving two runs on three hits in the second inning, Cooper buckled down and matched his season-high with seven innings. He allowed five hits and struck out four. Not to be overlooked, Cooper walked only one after walking four in each of his last two starts. He finished his outing by retiring the final 10 batters he faced.
The Aeros roared back in the third inning with three runs against Richmond starter Chris Gloor (6-4). Quincy Latimore led off with a solo homer, his sixth of the year and one of his two hits on the night. Later in the inning Jesus Aguilar and Carlos Moncrief chipped in back-to-back RBI singles to make it 3-2, Akron.
The Aeros gained some breathing room in the sixth, scoring three more runs against reliever Jose Valdez. Ronny Rodriguez ripped a two-run double, and Aguilar brought Rodriguez home with a double. Aguilar finished with two more RBI, giving him 65 for the season.
Although it doesn’t dampen the sting of the loss, it could have been worse for the Squirrels. The Aeros graciously left 13 runners on base.
After Cooper exited, Shawn Armstrong worked a scoreless eighth, and close Jose Flores struck out the side in the ninth. Akron pitching recorded nine strikeouts and only two walks.
Jose Ramirez had two doubles and scored twice. Tyler Holt had a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
The Aeros and Flying Squirrels will play game three of the series on Saturday evening at 6:05. RHP Will Roberts (5-6, 4.90) will get the ball for Akron, and RHP Craig Westcott (3-9, 4.15) will start for Richmond.