The Aeros posted season highs in hits (19), runs (16) and tied a season-high in margin of victory with 10 runs in a explosive 16-6 victory over the visiting Reading Phillies Friday night at Canal Park.
The game's outcome came as a bit of a surprise on a night they faced R-Phils pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco, who entered the game with 89 strikeouts in 94 innings. But against Akron, Carrasco (5-7, 4.18 ERA) did record a single punch out in what became his shortest outing of the season.
After falling behind by two runs just a half inning into the night's action, the Aeros offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back in knocking Carrasco out of the game after just three innings.
The Aeros offense then battered reliever Brett Harker in the seventh, posting a six-run inning that was highlighted by a grand slam by outfielder Trevor Crowe.
Which begs the question, is there anyone in all of minor league baseball right now than the Indians No. 1 pick (14th overall) in the 2005 draft? The left-fielder added to his recent hot streak with a 3-for-5 night that included a grand slam, a double, four runs scored and four RBI in Friday's win.
Entering the game, Crowe was batting .579 (22-for-38) with three homers, 16 RBI and 15 runs scored over his last nine games.