Salazar, Aeros blank Mets 4-0
BINGHAMTON - Akron took the first game of the series on Friday night with a 4-0 win over the Binghamton Mets, winning their third game in a row. The Mets offense was no match for the Aeros pitching, while Akron took advantage of a weak mound for Binghamton.
Danny Salazar started on the mound for the Aeros drawing nine strikeouts and picking up his first win of the season. Salazar pitched five scoreless innings before handing the ball to Austin Adams. Adams had missed the entire 2012 season due to right shoulder surgery, but the righty showed promise on the night striking out four of the eight batters he faced, keeping the Mets from getting on the board.
Akron’s offense showed up in the third inning when center fielderTyler Holt grounded into a force out allowing Ronny Rodriguez to score. Holt has posted an average year thus far for the Aeros with a .250 batting average, but has managed to score the second most runs on the team with 17. Following his RBI, Holt stole second and then Jesus Aguilar drove him in with a line drive to center field. The big first baseman leads the team with 23 RBIs.
While the Mets continued their scoreless streak, the Aeros struck again in the sixth inning thanks to a pitching change by Binghamton to Adrian Rosario. Aguilar and left fielder Carlos Moncrief drew walks to get on base, and then a wild pitch by Rosario sent Aguilar to third with Moncrief behind him to second. Catcher Roberto Perez came in strong for Akron with a double sending both Aguilar and Moncrief home to score. Perez had a slow start striking out his first two at bats before his only hit of the night a two run double.
Binghamton's offense struggled against the strong Aeros pitching throughout the night. Bryce Stowell came out of the bullpen and replaced Adams in the eighth inning. He started strong with a three up three down inning, but the ninth inning proved to be an inconsistent one for Stowell striking out two, walking one, and hitting Mets' right fielder Corey Vaughn with a pitch. Stowell ended the game with another two scoreless innings.
Akron started the season rough but is now on their longest win streak of the season. The Aeros will follow their 4-0 win playing two more games in Binghamton before moving to Altoona for another three game series with the Curve. Akron has climbed to fourth place in the standings after spending a portion of the season in last place.