Aeros Crush Squirrels in 10-1 WinJuly 21, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Akron Aeros
The Aeros (60-40) rebounded after losing their seven-game winning streak the previous night to continue their winning ways. With the loss, the Squirrels (51-50) have fallen behind the Aeros by 9 =C21/2 games, but still maintain playoff position in the EL West.
Akron got to Richmond starter Daryle Maday in the first inning when Diaz launched a three-run shot to give the Aeros a quick 3-0 lead. The Akron attack struck again in the second inning when they got two runs on an error by Richmond first baseman Luke Anders. The Aeros had another big inning in the fourth when Neal hit his three-run shot off Maday to increase the lead to 8-0. Akron added two final runs in the eighth inning on an RBI Matt Lawson double immediately followed by a RBI single from Neal. The Flying Squirrels finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when shortstop Ehire Adrianza tripled and came around to score on an RBI groundout from Daniel Mayora bringing the score to 10-1, where it remained.
Espino (5-2) lasted eight innings, allowing nine hits and no walks while striking out six batters. Espino pitched seven shutout innings before allowing a run in his final inning of work. Loek van Mil succeeded Espino and pitched an effective inning of relief, allowing just one hit to close out the game.
Maday (3-6) allowed eight total runs, but only three were earned. All six earned runs were by way of the long ball. Austin Fleet, Ari Ronick, and Edwin Quirarte followed Maday in relief. Fleet and Quirarte combined for four scoreless innings of relief for the Squirrels.
Akron left fielder Neal drove in four runs going three for five on the night, hitting his eighth home run of the season and raising his average to .305. Not to be outdone, Diaz drove in three runs including his tenth homer of the year. Matt Lawson added a three-hit night of his own to raise his average to a team-high .321 mark. The Aeros offense saw seven different hitters record hits and seven total batters scored runs on the night.
Richmond stranded eight baserunners but were led by Adrianza, who went three for five on the night. All of Adrianza's hits were of the extra-base variety, including two doubles and the triple that led to the Squirrels only run. Mayora drove in Adrianza to record the only Richmond RBI, and added two hits on the night. The Squirrels also received a multi-hit night from right fielder Juan Perez.
The Aeros will conclude their road trip Sunday when they play the final game of their four game series against the Squirrels at 5:05. LHP T.J. House (6-2, 3.95) will start for Akron, while LHP Michael Kickham (8-7, 2.71) will take the hill for Richmond. All Aeros games are broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM and online at www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call the Aeros at 330-253-5151.
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