Squirrels drive Murata nuts, beat Aeros 15-7
RICHMOND, VA- In a high scoring game Sunday afternoon, the Akron Aeros fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the fourth game of the five game series. Akron had defeated the hosting Squirrels in the first three games of the series, but a completely different team showed up to play ball on Sunday afternoon. Akron's defense allowed 15 runs to Richmond and answered by scoring only 7 runs themselves.
Getting the win for Richmond was left handed starter Jack Snodgrass (7-3, 3.50) while Toru Murata (3-4, 4.11) faced 18 batters in his start and took the loss for the Aeros.
Despite putting up a run in the top of the first inning off an RBI single by Tyler Holt, the Aeros just couldn't keep up with Richmond. Richmond scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Murata and continued their offense with three runs in the bottom of second inning as well. By the time the third inning had ended, the Aeros were trailing 10-3 and played catch-up the rest of the game.
The Aeros had a small breakthrough in the top of the fourth inning when they managed to score four runs off Richmond. Jesus Aguilar continued his hot streak with an RBI single to center field, and the very next batter, Carlos Moncrief then hit a two-out RBI double to keep things going for Akron. The next two batters, Chris Wallace and Giovanny Urshela, both hit two-out singles causing Richmond to pull starter Snodgrass and bring in righty reliever Drew Bowlin (1-0, 3.34).
Righty Cole Cook (2-1, 7.16) relieved Murata in the bottom of the third inning and lasted until the sixth inning. He faced 16 batters and gave up five runs to the Flying Squirrels lineup.
Austin Adams came in to pitch for the Aeros in the bottom of the sixth inning and shut out Richmond for two innings. He faced only six batters but got three strikeouts in his short appearance.
J.D. Reichenbach (0-1, 27) finished the game on the mound for the Aeros and gave up one run in the bottom of the eighth to Richmond.
The Aeros went down one-two-three in the top of the ninth and the game ended with a final score of Richmond 15, Akron 7.
The Aeros and the Flying Squirrels have their final game of the series Monday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. in Richmond. Some Aeros players and coaches then participate in the East vs. West All-Star game Wednesday afternoon before the team returns home Thursday for a four game series with Altoona at Canal Park.