The bottom half of the order accounted for nine of the Aeros’ 13 hits as Akron defeated Richmond 11-8 in Virginia.
Hitting seventh in the order, catcher Jake Lowery was 3-for-4 with five RBI, including a three-run homer in Akron’s four-run fifth inning. It was Lowery’s fourth homer of the season and gave the Aeros an 8-6 lead. An inning later, the Aeros scored twice more, including on a sacrifice fly by Lowery.
Matt Lawson, hitting sixth, and Justin Toole, batting ninth, each had three hits for the Aeros. Carlos Moncrief, batting in front of Lawson, was 2-for-5 with five runs scored and an RBI. He scored on Lowery’s sacrifice fly after he hit an RBI triple.
Despite the offensive output, Cole Cook relieved starter Brett Brach in the Flying Squirrels’ fourth inning. Brach gave up six hits, six runs (five earned) and walked two in 3⅓ innings of work. Cook earned his second win of the year in two innings of relief.
Austin Adams and Trey Haley held the lead for the Aeros, and Haley got his third save. It was Akron’s second win in as many days. The win was the first game of a five-game series in Richmond for the Aeros.