Recap 06/30: Aeros Defeat Squirrels 8-6 in Nail-Biter

RICHMOND,
VA – The Aeros managed to hold on for an 8-6 victory Wednesday night in
Richmond, defeating the Flying Squirrels with early offense and clutch pitching
at the very end. Akron jumped out to a large lead in the contest after scoring
seven runs during the fourth and fifth innings to earn the three-game series
victory in front of 5,133 fans at The Diamond. The win also moved the Aeros
(38-40) back into third place in the Eastern League’s Western Division while
Richmond fell to fifth place with a 37-42 record.

It
was a quiet start to the game in the intriguing pitching matchup between Akron’s
Alex White and David Mixon of the Flying Squirrels. Richmond struck first
against White in the third inning as leadoff center fielder Darren Ford plated
Ryan Lormand with a groundout.

Akron
responded swiftly in the fourth as Jordan Henry, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie
Chisenhall all singled to start a rally. Designated hitter Beau Mills later
scored Kipnis with a groundout and right fielder John Drennen singled home
Chisenhall. Tim Fedroff then followed a Mixon with a clutch two-out RBI single,
making it a 4-1 lead for the visitors.

Mixon
left the game in the fifth inning as the Aeros extended the advantage to 7-1.
Chisenhall plated Henry with a sacrifice fly while first baseman Matt McBride
delivered his second homer in as many nights, scoring Kipnis as well. Akron
finally ended their scoring for the evening in the top of the seventh on a
run-scoring base hit by Kipnis.

Richmond
retaliated to score twice in the bottom half of the seventh, both unearned,
before threatening again in the eighth. Left fielder Thomas Neal smacked a
leadoff double while Clay Timpner and Ryan Lormand each provided RBI singles.
Another run scored on a Kipnis fielding error, cutting the once seven-run lead
down to only two at 8-6.

Squirrels
reliever Andy Sisco stranded the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, giving
the hosts a renewed sense of fight for one final rally. Brandon Crawford walked
and Neal singled to start the bottom half of the frame, but reliever Omar
Aguilar battled back to force three straight outs to end the comeback attempt
and seal the victory.

White
(3-4) snapped a personal three-game losing streak in earning the win, only
allowing one earned run (three runs total) in 6.1 innings pitched. He now has a
2.27 ERA in 16 combined starts between Akron and Class A Kinston on the season
while Mixon (8-4) struggled in taking the loss and Aguilar recorded his fourth
save of the year.

Five
different Aeros batters finished with multi-hit performances overall as the
visitors collected 13 hits (12 singles) in the back-and-forth shootout. Drennen
extended his hitting streak to nine games and Kipnis was the only player on the
winning team with three hits. Meanwhile, Henry starred as he finished with
exactly two hits for the third straight night in Richmond and became the first
Akron player this year to steal two bases in one game.

The
Aeros continue their road trip Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. as the team begins a
pivotal four-game weekend series against the second-place Bowie Baysox at Price
George’s Stadium. Akron lefty Scott Barnes (3-7, 6.16 ERA) will start in the series
opener against Bowie’s Ryohei Tanaka (4-7, 4.50 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Thursday
night’s game 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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