The Akron Aeros opened a 3-game series in Richmond, Va., with another loss — its fifth in a row — falling to the Flying Squirrels 7-6. Despite a 3-0 second inning lead and out-hitting the hosts 13-9, Akron couldn’t score more runs.
The Aeros opened the scoring in the second inning with four consecutive hits. With two outs, Tyler Holt singled and scored on a double by Giovanny Urshela. Urshela scored on a double by Alex Monsalve, who then scored on a Matt Lawson single to left field.
Richmond responded in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs on a hit batsman, two doubles and a single off of starter Brett Brach. The hosts took the lead for good an inning later, scoring twice on two singles, two walks and an Aeros throwing error. Richmond (61-60) added two more insurance runs in the sixth as Joe Panik doubled in two runs off Aeros reliever Shawn Armstrong.
Akron (56-65) scored single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Lawson hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth. In each of these innings, the Aeros had additional runners in scoring position only to have Richmond limit the damage with 2-out ground ball outs. Brach got the loss, falling to 7-9. He gave up six runs (four earned) and six hits in five innings of work. Akron plays at 7:05 p.m. today at Richmond.