Aeros return favor to Richmond with 12-5 blowout win
Akron bats come to life in series finale against Flying Squirrels
RICHMOND, VA - After a taking a beating Sunday afternoon in Richmond, the Akron Aeros defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 12-5 Monday afternoon. In the last game of the five game series, Akron came out swinging and managed to put up an early six run lead against Richmond. Facing 23 batters in the game, Akron lefty Matt Packer (8-5, 2.55) took the “W” for the Aeros while LHP Carlos Teller (1-5, 6.11) got the loss for Richmond.
The Aeros didn't waste any time at the plate. Jose Ramirez hit a leadoff double in the top of the first inning and was brought in to score off a two-out single to left by Jesus Aguilar. Akron put up three more runs in the second inning with doubles from Quincy Latimore and Justin Toole and an RBI single from Jose Ramirez.
A balk from Richmond's starter Teller brought Ramirez in to score for the fourth run of the game. Chris Wallacehelped stretch Akron's lead even more when in the third inning he sent a ball over the left field wall for a two run home run.
Richmond didn't give Packer any trouble until the bottom of the fourth inning when he gave up back to back singles and then a double to Flying Squirrels first basemen Angel Villalona. After striking out the next two batters faced, Packer gave up an RBI single to Mark Wager. The fourth inning ended with a score of Akron 6, Richmond 2.
The Aeros went on to double their run total before the game was finished. In the sixth inning Aeros CF Tyler Holt had a one-out shot to center field to bring Jose Ramirez in to score. The Aeros lineup remained hot as Matt Lawson andGiovanny Urshela both hit homers in the 8th inning to bring the run total to 12 on the game.
Richmond answered by scoring one run in the bottom of the ninth off Akron's Jose Flores (5-2, 2.59). Flores got two quick strikeouts but struggled to get the last out of the game. He gave up a pair of two-out singles and hit a batter with a pitch before ending the game with a strikeout. The final score of the game was 12-5 Akron.
The Akron Aeros return to Canal Park Thursday night for a four game series against the Altoona Curve. They are in third place in the Eastern League Standings and trail first place Harrisburg by six games.