Aeros offense batters Taillon and Curve, 10-3
AKRON – The Akron Aeros’ offense battered Jameson Taillon and the Altoona Curve for 16 hits during a 10-3 win on Saturday night at Canal Park.
Cleveland Indians’ right-hander Zach McAllister received the ball in a rehab assignment start for the Aeros against Taillon (3-7, 3.75), who was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first-round pick of 2010. McAllister was rehabbing a strained middle finger, which he injured back in early June.
The Aeros scored early on Taillon as they plated five in the first inning. Shortstop Jose Ramirez led off the inning with a single and scored on a double by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. The Aeros’ laced three straight singles before third baseman Giovanny Urshela doubled to right to score two more. Catcher Jake Lowery followed with a groundout that scored right fielder Carlos Moncrief, giving the Aeros the 5-0 advantage.
Altoona battled back in the fourth inning as right fielder Alex Dickerson singled and first baseman Justin Howard drew a one-out walk. That ended the evening for McAllister, sealing his line at 3.1 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts as he was replaced with reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was greeted by left fielder Andy Vasquez, who quickly doubled to center to score Dickerson before a throwing error by Rodriguez allowed Howard and Vasquez to score, cutting the Aeros’ lead to 5-3.
Not to be outdone, the Aeros followed with another five-run inning. With one out, the Aeros hit a set of four consecutive singles to bring two home. With two on, first baseman Jesus Aguilar unloaded his ninth home run of the year deep to left to plate three for the 10-3 lead. After Moncrief doubled for his second hit of the evening, Taillon was sent to the showers, sealing his fate at 3.1 innings, allowing 10 runs (all earned) on 13 hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
That was all the Aeros’ bullpen needed as they relied on Paolo Espino to toss a series of zeroes across the board. Espino pitched four innings in which he allowed three hits and struck out four before giving way to closer Jeff Johnson, who made his Aeros’ debut in the ninth. Johnson started the season in high-A Carolina, where he posted a 2.05 ERA through 26.1 innings of relief. Despite a couple wild pitches, Johnson settled in to retire the side and preserve the Aeros with the 10-3 victory.
Next, the Aeros look to Toru Murata (3-4, 4.11) to counter Altoona righty David Bromberg (4-8, 3.63) for a 2:05 p.m. start on Sunday.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.