The Flying Squirrels scored six runs in the first inning and three more in the second on their way to a 15-7 win over the Aeros on Sunday in Richmond, Va., ending Akron’s four-game winning streak. It was the most runs given up by the Aeros in a game all season.
Akron starter Toru Murata (3-4) gave up eight hits and six runs in the first. In the second, Murata’s last inning, Richmond (42-46) scored three more runs on three hits and two walks. The Squirrels went on to score six more runs and add eight more hits off three Akron relievers the rest of the game. All Richmond starters had at least one hit; they totaled 19 for the game.
Sunday was Murata’s shortest outing of the season. He allowed 11 hits and nine earned runs and suffered his first loss since May 26.
The Aeros (43-46) tried to stay with the Squirrels, pulling to within 10-7. In the third, catcher Jake Lowery hit a two-run home run, his fifth of the year. In the fourth, Jesus Aguilar drove in a run with a single, Carlos Moncrief added an RBI double and Chris Wallace hit a two-run single. All seven of Akron’s runs came in the first four innings off Squirrels starter Jack Snodgrass.
Richmond reliever Drew Bowlin (1-0) got his first Double-A victory in relief by retiring the next 11 Aeros batters, taking over for Snodgrass with two outs in the fourth inning.
Aeros leadoff hitter Jose Ramirez had three of their 12 hits. Aguilar, Wallace and Giovanny Urshela each had two hits for Akron. It was Ramirez’s second consecutive three-hit game for Akron. He also stole his 31st base of the year and is 18 away from tying the franchise record of 49.
The Aeros and Flying Squirrels finish their five-game series today at 12:05 p.m. in Richmond.
The Aeros are now 4-3 on the road trip.