Aeros 15, Flying Squirrels 5
Key situation: The host Aeros scored a season-high eight runs in the fourth inning Saturday night at Canal Park to hold an 11-1 lead. Kyle Bellows started the surge with a two-run home run to left-center that scored Ryan Rohlinger. Following an out, the Aeros put together five hits in a row. Chun Chen singled in Roberto Perez, Juan Diaz doubled in Ben Copeland and Adam Abraham, and Thomas Neal tripled in Chen and Diaz. Neal capped the scoring in the fourth on an error.
Quick hits: Aeros left-hander Giovanni Soto pitched 5⅔ innings for the win. Soto allowed three hits and one earned run. Squirrels right-hander Justin Fitzgerald took the loss, allowing seven earned runs and nine hits. … Copeland, Abraham, Chen, Diaz and Neal all had three hits. … The Aeros collected a season-high 19 hits.
Next game: The Aeros (25-14) will seek a three-game sweep of the Flying Squirrels (20-22) today at 1:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Aeros left-hander T.J. McFarland (7-1, 1.86 ERA) and Flying Squirrels right-hander Craig Westcott (3-3, 4.08 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
— Michael Beaven