Recap 06/28: Aeros Fall Again, Lose 7-3 to Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – The Aeros lost for the 10th time in 14 games Monday night at
The Diamond in Richmond, falling by the final score of 7-3 against the Flying
Squirrels. Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino allowed two homers in the very
first inning in front of the crowd of 3,872 fans in attendance and Richmond
struck again for three more runs in the seventh. With the loss to the Flying
Squirrels (37-40) and tonight’s victory by the Harrisburg Senators, the
struggling Aeros (36-40) now sit in fifth place in the Western Division.

The
scoring began in the bottom of the first as a Cristo Arnal committed an error
at short to start the rally. Richmond left fielder Thomas Neal then blasted a
two-run homer to left and just two pitches later, Roger Kieschnick followed
with a solo shot of his own to right.

Espino
settled down from there and held the Squirrels hitless until the sixth while Richmond
starting pitcher Felix Romero dominated the Akron bats. Neal began the top of that
sixth with a double, later scored on an RBI single by Connor Gillaspie and Akron
reliever Connor Graham stranded two runners with a strikeout to end the frame.

In
the top of the seventh inning, first baseman Matt McBride helped the Aeros
finally break through with a solo home run off Romero to cut the deficit to
only three runs at 4-1.

The
Squirrels pounced for another three scores later that frame against Graham however,
as the hosts began the inning with four consecutive singles. Kieschnick ended
the streak with a sacrifice fly, giving the hosts a six-run advantage despite
leaving the bases loaded.

Akron
plated the final two runs later that frame as an Arnal single with one out
marked the end of the night for Romero. The Aeros then greeted reliever Wilmin
Rodriguez with two more singles to load the bases while a wild pitch scored
Arnal. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then provided the final run of the night
with a run-scoring groundout.

Romero
improved to 1-1 this year for Richmond with the solid performance, only
permitting two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Espino (7-3)
took his first loss since May 16th in the contest despite recording
seven strikeouts as he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 5.2
innings pitched.

It
was a rough night offensively for Akron, as the team could not catch up with
the early power of the Flying Squirrels. Right fielder John Drennen extended
his hitting streak to seven games with a single and the home run by McBride was
his fifth of the season. Unfortunately, Richmond became the fourth straight Aeros
opponent to register at least three extra-base hits and 10 hits total in the game,
marking the team’s fourth straight loss.

Akron hopes to end their losing
ways Tuesday night as this three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. at The
Diamond. The Aeros have still yet to announce their starting pitcher for the
contest while Daryl Maday (8-4, 2.22 ERA) will start for the Flying Squirrels.
Join Jim Clark, the
long-time voice of the Akron Aeros, for Tuesday’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.

—AEROS—

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