Hard-Hitting Aeros Outlast Richmond In 11-8 Marathon
Lowery's big home run power Akron past Flying Squirrels
By Brian Doak
July 4, 2013
Richmond, VA – As they began their final series of the road trip and before the all-star break, the Akron Aeros had the upper hand in a battle of the bats as they defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 11-8 on the Fourth of July at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia. Both teams combined for 21 hits, with hitters Carlos Moncrief and Jake Lowery contributing to the Aeros’ effort.
The Flying Squirrels started off strong, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 1st inning and Angel Villalona hit an RBI double to score Joe Panik and Adam Duvall. It was Villalona’s first RBI of the season.
The Aeros were quick to respond, as Jake Lowery hit a single to score Carlos Moncrief and Matt Lawson crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice. They took the lead one inning later, when Tyler Holt scored on a throwing error and a single from Lawson drove in Jesus Aguilar.
However, Richmond had a strong third inning as well. Javier Herrera led off with a solo home run to left field, his 12th of the season. Mark Minicozzi hit an RBI double (his 22nd for Richmond), scoring Duvall and scoring himself on a wild pitch.
Richmond added one more run in the fourth when Herrera singled to score Mark Wagner.
At the end of an eventful four innings, the Flying Squirrels led 6-4.
Akron’s hard hitting came alive in the fifth, when Jake Lowery hit a massive three-run home run (he has hit four this year) to give the Aeros the lead and Jose Ramirez hit a single to score Quincy Latimore.
In the bottom of the sixth, Moncrief continued his terrific hitting night with an RBI triple, his third of the year, scoring Holt. He added another run when he was driven in by a sacrifice fly from Lowery.
The Flying Squirrels added two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Herrera hit another single to score two runs and cut Richmond’s deficit to two.
The Aeros added an insurance run in the ninth when Justin Toole reached base to start the inning and scored on a Tyler Holt single. This extended the Aeros’ lead to 11-8, which would be the final score.
Richmond threatened to score in both the eighth and ninth but could not convert any runs.
Carlos Moncrief showed why he deserves to be an all-star on Thursday night by going 2-for-5 with a triple, and scoring three runs of his own.
Moncrief was complimented by Jake Lowery, who went 3-for-4 with five RBI with a vital three-run home run in the fifth inning to take the lead.
Moncrief and Lowery had five of for the Aeros’ 13 hits and six RBI between the two of them.
Javier Herrera had a stand-out game of his own for the Flying Squirrels, going 4-for-4 with four RBI.
As the game was mostly a hitter’s duel, the pitchers faced big challenges. Brett Brach started for the Aeros and pitched for 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and six hits, and his ERA now stands at 5.23.
After giving up Lowery’s home run in the fifth, Tom Vessella was given the loss, and his record is now 3-2.
The Aeros have won their last 2 games on the road and now have a record of 41-45 while the Flying Squirrels’ record drops to 41-44. Akron trails Harrisburg by 4.5 games in the Western Division.
The Aeros and Flying Squirrels continue their five-game series on Friday night in Richmond. Jordan Cooper will start for the Aeros, opposing Richmond’s Chris Gloor. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.