Aeros stomp Squirrels 9-3
Akron scores nine runs late to earn dominant victory
Richmond, VA- The Akron Aeros got off to a slow start Saturday evening at The Diamond Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. The game against the Flying Squirrels went scoreless up until the last three innings when the Aeros were able to score nine runs to earn a 9-3 win and record a third straight victory.
Getting the win for the Aeros was right-hander William Roberts (7-9, 4.81) in his 12th appearance on the mound for the Aeros this season.
Akron was the first team to score when a rally in the seventh inning put four runs up on the board for the Aeros. Things got started withQuincy Latimore’s one-out double to left center field. After Jake Lowry went down swinging to bring things to two outs, Kyle Bellows singled to center field to bring Latimore around for the first RBI of the game.
After a brief coaching visit to the mound and switching out Richmond pitcher Josh Osich with Edwin Quirarte, Akron continued to capitalize with back-to-back singles by Matt Lawson and Tyler Holt to bring in another two runs. Jesus Aguilar walked with the bases loaded to bring in the final run of the inning.
Ensoil Tejeda came in to relieve Aeros starter Roberts in the bottom of the seventh and made it out of the inning continuing the shut out of the Flying Squirrels.
In the eighth inning, Richmond brought in another pitcher, Scott Shuman to try to calm the Aeros. Unsuccessful he was as the Aeros went on to score five more runs that inning. Shuman walked Latimore, Lowry, and Bellows consecutively then Justin Toole singled to bring in Latimore.
Richmond replaced Shuman with Phil McCormick but McCormick quickly gave up an RBI double to Jose Ramirez, still with no outs. Matt Lawson had an RBI ground out and then McCormick walked Holt and Aguilar. Carlos Moncrief singled on a ball to left field to bring in the final run of the inning. Before getting the third out, the Flying Squirrels had given up nine runs to the Aeros in the seventh and eighth innings.
Not going down without a fight, Richmond managed to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closersJ.D. Reichenbach and Cole Cook. Reichenbach quickly gave up two singles, a walk, and a double before getting pulled and replaced by Cook. Cook was able to get the last outs of the game and keep Richmond from making a comeback.
The Akron Aeros continue their five-game series with the Flying Squirrels Sunday afternoon in Richmond. The teams face each other in two more games before the EL All Star game in Connecticut on Wednesday evening. The Aeros then return to Canal Park Thursday July 11th for a four game series against the Altoona Curve.