Aeros outlast rain delay and Sea Dogs, win 6-3
Portland, ME – The Aeros struck first, and held on with strong hitting through a long rain delay to pull out a 6-3 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs on Friday night at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine. Akron’s lineup dominated the plate with fifteen hits and Jose Ramirez and Carlos Moncrief accounted for five of the Aeros’ runs.
In the top of the second inning, Carlos Moncrief broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run to center field off of Pete Ruiz. It was Moncrief’s eighth home run of the season.
In the next inning, Cedric Hunter hit an RBI single to score Jose Ramirez. In total, Ramirez scored three of the Aeros’ six runs.
Brett Brach had a solid outing on Friday night, despite troubles from the Sea Dogs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, catcher Christian Vazquez of Portland hit an RBI single to scoreTony Thomas and Travis Shaw.
As they had been during the game, the Aeros’ hitters were quick to strike and tied the game in the fifth inning with an RBI single from Ronny Rodriguez to score Ramirez. Cedric Hunter followed this up with an RBI single of his own in the seventh inning and the Aeros retook the lead at 4-3.
There was an extensive rain delay in the middle of the seventh inning for sixty-nine minutes, but the game resumed shortly after 10 pm. After the long rain delay, the Aeros showed no signs of rust and scored twice more, as Moncrief scored on a wild pitch from Sea Dogs pitcher Pete Ruiz in the eighth inning and Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI double in the ninth to score Ronny Rodriguez.
A Portland rally in the bottom of the eighth inning fell short and Jose Flores quickly retired the side to finish off the Sea Dogs and earned his seventh save of the season.
The Aeros smacked fifteen total hits against Portland’s eight, and this proved to be the deciding factor in Akron’s win. Rodriguez and Hunter each had three hits and one and two RBI, respectively.
Moncrief also went 1-for-4 with a home run, and extended his hitting streak to thirteen games. Moncrief was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Despite Brach’s challenges in the fourth, he still earned the win. He pitched for six innings and gave up six hits and three runs, but struck out four Sea Dogs as well. He is now 4-2 for the season. Pete Ruiz lost the game and is now 1-2 for the season.
The Aeros reached .500 once again at 33-33 and have won nine of their past twelve games. They are now 2.5 games out of first place in the Western Division. The Sea Dogs have lost three of their past four against Akron and dropped to 34-31 for the season.
The Aeros continue their weekend series with the Sea Dogs on Saturday night at Hadlock Field. Jordan Cooper is scheduled to take the mound for Akron against a pitcher for the Sea Dogs that has not yet been announced. The first pitch is set for 6:00 pm.