The Akron Aeros enter the final weeks of their season on a six-game losing streak that has dropped them to sixth place in the Eastern League's Western Division.
Offensive struggles persist for the Aeros, with just 16 runs scored in a six-game losing streak to over the past week. Despite solid efforts by starters Will Roberts (13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 9 K in two starts) and Toru Murata ( 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K), the offense was not able to produce in a sweep at the hands of Trenton. Jose Ramirez has been one of the few bright spots for the offense, but the team's true struggles have come in capitalizing on scoring chances. The Aeros are batting just .231 (16-for-69) with runners in scoring position in their past six games.
WHO'S HOT: Ramirez is batting .364 (12-for-33) with two runs and two RBI in the past seven games. He posted four hits in a 3-2 loss to Trenton on Aug. 10. Jesus Aguilar (11-for-28) recorded six RBI in the same span to raise his average to .278. All-Star Jose Flores has not allowed a run in his past 10 outings out of the bullpen and added his 12th save of the season in a win against Altoona.
WHERE THEY STAND: Their six-game skid has knocked the Aeros out of the race in the Eastern League's Western Division. They now stand 8.5 games behind division leader Harrisburg and 7.5 games behind Erie for the second playoff spot in the division. Now in last place, Akron will need a near-perfect finish to maintain any hopes of making the playoffs and defending their league championship.
WHAT'S AHEAD: The Aeros begin their final homestand of the season with four games against Binghamton, followed by a four-game series against Erie. Akron will spend its final four games of the season on the road in Erie after wrapping up the homestand.
NEXT HOME GAME: Aug. 22 vs. Binghamton (7:05 p.m.)