Aeros fall in a close one to Richmond, 7-6
RICHMOND, VA- Tuesday night in Richmond, the Akron Aeros faced off against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Akron put the pressure on the Squirrels early, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning, but Richmond came out on top, 7-6.
After retiring the first five batters of the game, Richmond starter Chris Gloor seemed to have control of the game. But, in the second inning Akron's lineup got the best of Gloor. Starting things off at the plate for the Aeros was center fielder Tyler Holt. He notched a leadoff single to start off the second inning and then Giovanny Urshela followed up with a double to left field. Holt scored off the double but the Aeros weren't finished yet. Second basemen Matt Lawson brought in two more runs off his RBI single to left field to put Akron up 3-0.
Starting on the mound for the Aeros was righty Brett Brach. Brach in his seventeenth start this year, struggled to retire Richmond's batters. Brach gave up six runs, four of them earned, walked two and struck out none. He has an ERA of 5.09 and a record of 8-9.
Richmond took the game back in the second and third innings. Off Brach they managed to get three runs in the second to match the Aeros lead, then scored two unearned runs against the Aeros defense in the third inning. In the catastrophic third inning, Brett Brach walked two Richmond batters before Jose Ramirez threw wildly to first base, letting two runs score on the error.
Brach lasted until sixth inning when he was relieved by righty Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong also struggled to handle the Richmond batters and gave up two more runs in the sixth to give the squirrels a 7-4 lead.
Gloor was relieved in the seventh inning after letting two batters reach base. Lefty Josh Osich and closer Cody Hall gave up two more runs before the game ended. For Akron, Jesus Aguilar knocked in the fifth run and Ramirez brought in Alex Monsalve to make it a one run ball game.
The final score of the game was 7-6 and Richmond starter Gloor received his ninth win of the season. Game two of the short series will be played Wednesday night at 7:05 in Richmond. Right-hander Will Roberts is expected to take the mound for Aeros. The Aeros have record of 56-65.