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Akron's winning streak ends as team falls 3-2

Akron's winning streak ends as team falls 3-2
Giovanni Soto
July 21, 2012
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The Aeros' seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels on the road Friday.

Left-hander Giovanni Soto, in his first appearance since his historic no-hitter Saturday at Canal Park, started the game for the Aeros. Soto pitched five innings and took the loss to move to 6-7. He saw 24 batters, allowed six hits, three walks and struck out one.  Reliever Toru Murata saw 1 1/3 innings with right-hander Shawn Armstrong pitched the remaining 1 2/3 innings.

Richmond struck first in the third inning when Gary Brown made his way to the plate. After reaching on a fielding error by shortstop Juan Diaz, he was later walked home by Soto, which put the Squirrels ahead 1-0.

Diaz redeemed himself in the fourth inning with a solo homerun to tie the game up at 1-1.   But Richmond answered back with two more runs in the fifth inning off of an early double by Johnny Monell followed with a single by Brown to make it 3-1.

Akron came back and tallied its final run of the game in the fifth inning.  Davis Stoneburner got to first with a ground-ball single to short.  He later made his way home on a fielder’s choice to short hit by Tyler Holt.

The Aeros recorded three more hits with singles from Thomas Neal and Jordan Henry and a double by Nick Weglarz. But the hits wouldn’t be enough to take back the 3-2 lead.

Game three of the series against Richmond will take place Saturday at 6:35 p.m.  Right -hander Paolo Espino will take the mound for the Aeros against the Flying Squirrels starter Daryl Maday.

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