Aeros earn dominant 12-3 win
Akron opens three-game set with fourth straight win
AKRON- The cloudy skies throughout the day could not prevent the Akron Aeros from blasting off on Friday night.
Thanks to a big third inning, and an even bigger seventh, the Aeros secured their fourth straight victory with a win against the Portland SeaDogs by a final score of 12-3.
After sweeping the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in a three-game set, the Aeros took the first game of a three-game weekend series with Portland, bringing Akron back to a game below .500, at (30-31).
For Moncrief, his recent tear continued as he extended his hitting streak to eight games. It was also his second three-hit game in the last three days and his third three-hit game since the end of May.
Latimore’s three-hit evening was his first since April 13th, coming in a game against Bowie.
Aeros starter Brett Brach helped the Akron cause by putting up a decent outing of his own.
In five innings, Brach allowed two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out three. The start, and some good pitching from the bullpen, was good enough to earn Brach his third win of the season, putting him at 3-2 on the year.
SeaDogs starter, right-hander Charlie Haeger, proved to be a wicked knuckleballer, but not wicked enough to keep Aeros hitters at bay.
The Aeros figured out his off-kilter delivery and hit the ball hard early. While the solid contact didn’t translate to any runs in the first, the Aeros were just about ready to take-off.
An RBI single from third baseman Giovanny Urshela in the bottom of the second gave Akron a 1-0 lead and the Aeros exploded for four in the very next inning.
Leadoff man Jose Ramirez started the big third with a walk and subsequently stole second base. Shortstop Ronny Rodriguez followed with the Aeros’ second RBI single of the day, giving Akron a 2-0 lead with one out in the inning.
As it turned out, extending the inning was the last thing Haeger would want to do.
The Aeros knocked the knuckleballer around with two outs, as Moncrief knocked an RBI single into right field and Latimore cleared the bases with a double to the gap into deep left-center, to give the Aeros a 5-0 lead.
Haeger fought through his struggles, came back out for the fourth inning, and got some help from his offense in the top of the fifth.
After four shutout innings of two hit baseball, Brach was torched for three straight hits, and four hits in five at-bats, as the SeaDogs cut the Aeros lead to 5-2.
Haeger battled through six innings of work, even after his four run third and allowed six runs on seven hits and striking out eight. The loss puts Haeger at 3-3 on the year.
The bad pitching continued for Portland, when Haeger was replaced by right-hander Pete Ruiz in the bottom of the seventh.
Ruiz’ outing started with seven straight base-runners, including five straight hits, one walk, six hits, and six runs. By the time he got out of the inning, the Aeros held a 12-2 lead.
The Aeros and SeaDogs prepare to face off again tomorrow night from Canal Park. The Aeros will be honoring Browns broadcasting legend, Jim Donovan, with a bobblehead giveaway. Donovan will be throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs for the fans before the game.
The first pitch is set for 7:05.