Akron Aeros right fielder Donnie Webb scored from second base on an infield single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Aeros a 2-1 victory over Richmond Sunday at Canal Park.
Webb never slowed down as he rounded third base despite Richmond shortstop Nick Noonan making a diving stop on near second base on catcher Chun Chen’s groundball up the middle.
"I knew it was slow roller, so I just listened to the third base manager (Aeros manager Chris Tremie) and he said: 'you gotta go!' I took off and kept going," Webb said. "I knew I just had to go home. I wasn’t going to stop running."
Noonan came to his feet and threw home, a little high and to the right. It was enough to give Webb just enough time to get his foot on the plate before he could be tagged by Richmond catcher Aaron Lowenstein.
"I saw the catcher catch it off to the side and I just went in for the hook slide. If he was going to catch it in front I was just going to run him over," Webb said. "you have to do what you have to do to score."
- Starting over
- Miller returns
- Moeller product pitches well
Tim Fedroff’s 20-game hitting streak came to an end Saturday night, but he didn’t seemed to dwell on it. Fedroff picked up three hits on Sunday. Fedroff is hitting .407 (37-91) in the month of May and leads the Eastern League with a .364 average.
Right-hander Adam Miller made his first appearance with the Akron Aeros since 2006 Sunday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Miller, who missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons with a right-middle finger injury, threw eight pitches against three batters. He threw five strikes and three balls as he got a ground out and two fly outs on mostly fastballs, he said.
"It feels good to be back," Miller said of his return. "It was a good start."
Moeller High School, in Cincinnati, has a propensity for developing high level major league baseball players; from Buddy, David and Mike Bell to Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin.
Richmond’s starter Sunday, Eric Surkamp, is part of a new wave of Moeller products preparing themselves for major league futures.
Surkamp, 23, was dominant Sunday against the Aeros as he limited them to eight hits and one unearned run in eight innings. He struck out three and walked one.
So far this season he leads the Eastern League with a 1.33 ERA. He has struck out 69 in 61 innings. Although, his three strikeouts Sunday was a season low.
Surkamp had struck out no less than five in his nine previous starts. Four times this season he has struck out 10 batters.
Surkamp, who Baseball America considered the San Francisco Giants Ninth rated prospect entering the season, wasn’t even considered the best pitcher when he was at Moeller. Teammate Andrew Brackman, a right-hander, was a first round pick of the New York Yankees in 2007. Surkamp was a sixth round pick in 2008. Both Players pitched at NC State.