The Akron Aeros sit in a tie for third in the Eastern League's Western Division as the league moves past its All-Star break and into the second half of the season.
The past week: The Aeros entered the Eastern League All-Star break playing some of their best baseball of the season, winning five of six, including taking three of four in a series at Richmond. The last two games of the series turned into slugfests, as the Flying Squirrels pounded out 19 hits, including seven for extra bases in a 15-7 triumph. The Aeros did plenty of damage of their own a the plate the following day, registering 17 hits in a 12-5 win to conclude the first half of the season. Chris Wallace and Giovanny Urshela both homered for the Aeros and Jesus Ramirez went 4-for-6 with four hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Matt Packer started and pitched five innings to earn his eighth win of the season.
Where they stand: With its hot streak to wrap up the first half of the season, Akron has moved into a tie for third place in the Western Division. The Aeros are in a virtual tie with Bowie and stand 5.5 games behind first-place Harrisburg. They are also three games behind Erie for second place and the second playoff spot in the division. Sunday's win at Richmond leveled the team's road record at 22-22, making the Aeros one of only four EL teams with a .500 or better record away from home.
Who's hot: With 13 hits in five games against Richmond, shortstop Jose Ramirez provided a spark at the top of the lineup for Edwin Rodriguez's club. Ramirez also scored nine runs in the series. Catcher Jake Lowery found his way into the lineup and delivered a three-hit effort against the Flying Squirrels and Aeros catchers continued to contribute on Sunday as Chris Wallace posted three hits and scored two runs in a 12-5 win. Lowery also homered twice in the series against Richmond. Packer won twice in the past week to improve his record to 8-5.
What's ahead: Erie comes to Akron for a three-game series as the Aeros wrap up a six-game homestand coming out of the all-star break. After the Erie series, Akron will play seven straight games on the road. The three-game stretch with Erie will be followed by a road matchup with Harrisburg, giving the Aeros a direct chance to make up ground on the two top teams in their division.
Next home games: Thursday, July 11 vs. Altoona (7:05 p.m.)
Friday, July 12 vs. Altoona (7:05 p.m.)