OH – Binghamton completed their second straight three-game road sweep of the
Aeros at Canal Park Sunday, winning 8-5 in a marathon shootout. The Mets struck
early and often against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz to take a six-run lead,
but the Aeros retaliated late to make things interesting. The injury bug struck
two more Binghamton players in the 3-hour and 21-minute contest, the fifth game
of at least 3:10 between these two teams this season. Akron (36-39) now sits
3.5 games behind Bowie for second place in the Western Division while the
red-hot B-Mets are 39-36.
was a rough start for De La Cruz against the hot-hitting Mets in the top of the
first inning. The 6’5″ lefty struck out the first two batters of the game but
allowed a full-count single to Nick Evans before a tough walk to Josh Satin.
Designated hitter D.J. Wabick followed with a bouncing base hit over first
baseman Matt McBride into right field for a two-run triple.
two-base pickoff error by De La Cruz was the story in the second and shortstop
Luis Hernandez gave the visitors a 3-0 lead with a two-out RBI single. Mets starting
pitcher Jenrry Mejia left the game in the second with precautionary right
shoulder stiffness while his teammates promptly smacked solo homers to give his
team a 5-0 advantage.
left fielder Brahiam Maldonado left with another injury in the sixth right
before the visitors scored their sixth run thanks to a John Drennen error in
left field. The Aeros finally initiated their offense in the bottom of that
sixth as Drennen and Jerad Head each collected two-out RBI singles to cut the
deficit to only four runs.
Mets extended the lead back to six because of four straight hits to lead off
the eighth inning against Akron reliever Omar Aguilar. The hosts attacked again with two outs in the
eighth on a run-scoring double by third baseman Josh Rodriguez and a two-run
homer by Jerad Head. Jordan Henry and Jason Kipnis each singled to start the bottom
of the ninth inning, but reliever Manuel Alvarez retired the next three batters
to end the game.
(3-5) earned the victory and was solid through five innings pitched in relief
of Mejia, only allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. De La Cruz struggled
again as he the loss to fall to 1-5 on the year with Akron, permitting five
runs (four earned), five hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. New Binghamton closer
Alvarez then recorded his fourth save of the season despite the rocky bottom of
and Drennen each finished 3-for-5 with three singles on the afternoon to
continue their impressive hitting ways. Rodriguez collected another two hits as
well while the right fielder Head stayed hot with his fifth Double-A home run
of the season.
The Aeros look to re-capture
their winning ways from earlier this month as they hit the road for the start
of a seven-game road trip. The fun starts at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia
Monday at 7:05 p.m. where Akron visits the Richmond Flying Squirrels for the
first and only time this season. Paolo Espino (7-2, 3.79 ERA) makes his second
start since re-joining the Aeros rotation last week against Richmond’s Felix
Romero (0-1, 4.75 ERA) Join Jim Clark, the long-time voice of the Akron Aeros,
for Monday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and
at www.akronaeros.com. For more
information, please call the Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.