Aeros score seven in seventh for 11-2 victory
Harrisburg, PA — If the Aeros were racing in the Indy 500 on Sunday, they would have taken the checkered flag by several laps because they were firing on all cylinders.
Righthander Brett Brach scattered four hits over seven innings to pick up his sixth win, and Carlos Moncrief led the offense with three hits, a homer, and four RBI as the Aeros throttled the first-place Senators, 11-2, at Metro Bank Park.
The Aeros (50-51) won the final three games of the series against the Senators (55-47), and pulled to within 4 ½ games of first place. The Aeros will take on second-place Bowie in the start of a three game series on Monday night.
Akron held a slim, 3-2 lead going to the seventh, but sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs on seven hits, highlighted by Moncrief’s three-run homer off reliever Paul Demny, his 13th of the year. It matched Akron’s most prolific inning of the season.
The Aeros spotted the Senators a two-run lead, but came back to forge ahead in the fifth. Catcher Alex Monsalve stroked a two-run double to center off Harrisburg lefty Robbie Ray (2-1) to tie it. Francisco Lindor followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it 3-2. For Monsalve it was his first Double-A hit. Lindor finished with three hits and two RBI on the day.
Brach (6-6) scattered four hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven. He allowed a solo homer in the third inning and a second run on a double and pair of ground outs in the fourth. It was his second straight seven-inning effort, and snapped a brief two-game losing streak. His seven strikeouts were a season-high.
Relief help came from Shawn Armstrong and Jose Flores, both of whom chipped a scoreless frame to seal the win.
Moncrief added an RBI single in the ninth for his fourth RBI of the day and his 58th of the season. He is now hitting .308 on the season. He ranked sixth in the league in hitting entering Sunday’s game.
Lindor extended his hitting streak to five games with his first three-hit performace at Double-A. In his first six games with Akron, Lindor is hitting .400 (8-20). Tyler Holt also had three hits for Akron.
After giving up 17 hits to the Senators in the series opener on Thursday, a 12-3 loss, Aeros pitching only allowed 13 hits in the final three games of the series combined. Thanks to the three-game flourish, the Aeros finished the season-series 5-5 against the front-running Senators.
The Aeros will begin the second leg of the road trip with the first of three games at Bowie on Monday night at 7:05. RHP Will Roberts (6-7, 4.47) will start for Akron.