Lindor-Mania takes over Canal Park in Aeros Win
AKRON, OHIO- Canal Park was bustling Thursday evening as the Akron Aeros took on the Altoona Curve in the first game of a four game series.
Aeros shortstop Francisco Lindor was the shining star of the evening once again, going three for five with three RBI's. He hit his first home run as a member of the Akron Aeros and showed just how comfortable he is in Akron's batter's box.
Facing off on the mound was lefty starter Matt Packer (9-5, 2.58) for Akron and RHP Taylor Rogers (5-6, 5.65) for Richmond. Packer had an impressive outing and threw six innings of shut-out ball. He gave up his first run in the top of the seventh inning when Richmond's Andrew Susac took a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall. Packer earned the win on the game as Akron defeated the Flying Squirrels 5-1.
Aeros Manager Edwin Rodriguez had great things to say about Packer's outing.
"He pitched a great game," Rodriguez said. "He was struggling in the first three innings because he was pitching behind in the count, but he managed to get out of those innings. His secondary pitches were working and his speed and location were there tonight."
The Aeros turned up the offense in the bottom of the seventh inning and stretched their lead by another three runs. Lindor knocked in two RBI's off a shot up the middle and Carlos Moncrief hit a one-out sac fly to left center.
Also hot at the plate Thursday evening was Aeros left fielder Cedric Hunter. In the third inning he hit a hard RBI double to the right field corner. He brought in Ronny Rodriguez for the second run of the game and then hit a single to load the bases in the seventh.
Also getting some work on the mound for the Aeros was righty Jeff Johnson (2.03). Reliving Packer in the seventh, Johnson was able to shut down Richmond's lineup, giving up no runs, no hits, and striking out two.
The Aeros continue their series with Richmond Friday night at 7:05 at Canal Parl. RHP Brett Bach (6-6-, 4.59) is expected to take the mound against Richmond lefty Chris Gloor (7-5, 3.63).