Flying Squirrels 9, Aeros 6
The Aeros losing streak grew to seven games Thursday night in Richmond, Va., as Akron could not hold a late 6-3 lead. The Flying Squirrels scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on their way to a 9-6 win. Akron heads home today from a winless six-game road trip.
Akron (56-67) was up 4-3 heading into the eighth. With one out, Jake Lowery doubled to left followed by a Matt Lawson walk. Then Richmond relievers Scott Shuman and Josh Osich unleashed three wild pitches, allowing both Lowery and Lawson to score and giving Akron a three-run lead.
In the bottom of the inning, it was Akron’s turn to have trouble on the mound. Akron reliever Trey Haley struck out the first two Richmond (63-60) batters. However, on the second strikeout Haley unleashed a wild pitch allowing Angel Villalona to reach first. A batter later, Haley’s second wild pitch of the inning put Villalona on second. Then Haley couldn’t find the strike zone, as the right-hander walked the next three batters who scored the first of Richmond’s six in the inning. Jose Flores relieved Haley and gave up two hits, a walk and was responsible for two runs. Haley got the loss (1-3) and Flores a blown save (his third).
Akron hosts Reading in a weekend series that begins at 7 p.m. today at Canal Park.
— Staff report