Recap 06/24: Aeros Take Series with Squirrels, Win 3-2

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels Thursday afternoon at
Canal Park by the final score of 3-2 despite three fielding errors and a
19-minute rain delay. The rubber match of this three-game series turned into a
drawn-out pitcher’s duel between Squirrels ace Daryl Maday and a slew of Akron
pitchers. A decisive RBI single from left fielder John Drennen then was the
difference yet again in front of 4,946 fans with the special 12:05 p.m. start
time. With the win, the Aeros are now even at 36-36 on the season while division
rival Richmond (33-40) has lost 18 of their last 24 games.

Brief yet heavy
rainfall pounded the Canal Park field in the top of the second inning with
lefty starter Nick Hagadone pitching against the Squirrels. The delay lasted
just under 20 minutes and the Akron offense started the scoring in the bottom
half of that frame.

Drennen hit into the
first of many double plays on the day before Carlos Rivero and Jerad Head each
collected two-out singles. Left fielder Tim Fedroff and catcher Miguel Perez
followed with run-scoring base hits to move the Aeros on top by the score of
2-0.

The lead would not
last for long as the Flying Squirrels retaliated in the top half of the third.
Leadoff DH Darren Ford singled to left, stole second base and advanced to third
on a wild pitch before Brandon Crawford drew a walk. Ford then scored on yet
another Hagadone wild throw and Thomas Neal made it 2-2 with an RBI liner to
center.

Continuing the early
offense, the Aeros took the lead for good in the bottom of that inning. Jason
Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall each singled to start a rally while Matt McBride
hit into a fielder’s choice. Drennen followed with the game-winner on a liner
to center, scoring Kipnis and giving the Akron pitching staff all the run
support they would need.

Only one runner reached third base in the final six frames of the contest as Richmond stranded 10 men total on base and the hosts hit into a season-high four double plays.

Bryan Price (2-2) earned
the win in relief for as he pitched two shutout innings with two strikeouts in
relief of Hagadone. Maday (8-4) entered the game with the best ERA in the
Eastern League but took the loss by allowing 11 hits over 7.2 innings pitched.
Steven Wright also earned his third save of the year as he along with Price and
Connor Graham provided six frames of one-hit shutout relief for the Aeros
overall.

McBride and Drennen
each finished with a pair of singles as in fact, every single Akron batter
collected a base hit in the game. In fact, all 16 hits in the contest between
both teams were singles and the Aeros are now 7-3-1 in their last 11 series.

This weeklong home
stand continues at Canal Park Friday night as Akron welcomes the Binghamton
Mets to the Rubber City. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and all fans can enjoy the
fourth fireworks spectacular of the season following the contest, sponsored by
ACME Bakeries. Alex White (2-3, 2.08 ERA) looks to rebound from back-to-back
tough defeats for the Aeros against B-Mets left-hander Mike Antonini (4-5, 4.11
ERA). Tomorrow night’s game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM
and at www.akronaeros.com. For more
information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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