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The Suburbanite
  • Aeros fall to Richmond 9-4 in battle of control

  • Control was the operative word in Friday night's Eastern League battle at Canal Park between Akron and Richmond.

    The Flying Squirrels had it and the Aeros did not, leading to a 9-4 win for the visitors.

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  • Control was the operative word in Friday night's Eastern League battle at Canal Park between Akron and Richmond.
    The Flying Squirrels had it and the Aeros did not, leading to a 9-4 win for the visitors. Richmond starter Chris Gloor (8-5) was on point all night long, pitching eight strong innings.
    The left hander allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven and throwing just 92 pitches, 66 for strikes. Gloor consistently found the strike zone and as Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez noted, mixed his pitches well and kept Akron off balance.
    "We tell that to our pitchers, that the first strike is huge," Rodriguez said of Gloor's ability to throw strikes early in the count. "He pitched a good game. He's not a power pitcher, but the second time around he changed speed (well). We tried to make adjustments, but he kept hitting his spots."
    The Aeros scored all four of their runs on home runs, with Carlos Moncrief's two-run blast to right center the only long ball Gloor surrendered.
    Aeros starter Brett Brach was at the opposite end of the spectrum, struggling to throw strikes for five innings. He hit three batters along the way and while the Squirrels didn't blister the ball around the field, they chipped away with base hits. Their patient approach resulted in multiple runs in each of the first three innings for a 7-2 lead that would hold up as Gloor kept the Akron offense at bay.
    Brach (6-7) allowed seven runs on nine hits before exiting after the fifth inning with 95 pitches on his ledger.
    Richmond scored three times in the first on five hits as Ryan Lollis led off with a single, followed by singles from Adam Duvall and Andrew Susac to plate the Squirrels' first run. Back-to-back RBI singles by Brett Krill and Jarrett Parker completed the first-inning rally for the visitors.
    The Akron bullpen was solid in relief of Brach as the combination of Rob Bryson, Enosil Tejeda, Shawn Armstrong and Jose Flores pitched four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.
    "The bullpen did a good job. They kept us in the game and being down 7-2 in the third inning takes a lot of things away (offensively), so the pitching was huge," Rodriguez said.
    Four of Akron's eight hits came in the bottom of the ninth as Squirrels reliever Omar Javier faced four batters in relief of Gloor and retired none. Back-to-back home runs by Jesus Aguilar and Cedric Hunter injected life into the crowd and Akron dugout and two more base hits by Moncrief and Tyler Holt continued the mini-rally.
    Cody Hall came out of the bullpen for Richmond and promptly induced designated hitter Matt Lawson to ground into a double play to end the threat.
    Page 2 of 2 - Shortstop Francisco Lindor failed to reach base for the first time in his 10 games with the Aeros, popping out twice and grounding out in his other two at-bats in an 0-for-4 night that dropped his average to .395.
    Lindor received some of the loudest cheers during pre-game introductions and prior to his at-bats. Before Friday, he had reached base multiple times in eight of his first nine games, but could not find his rhythm against Gloor as the lanky left-hander befuddled the entire Akron lineup for seven of his eight innings.
    Rodriguez noted that the offense was producing well prior to Lindor's arrival early last week and said he does not want to place too heavy of a burden on his young star despite the media and fan attention being directed at one of the top prospects in the organization.
    "We were scoring a lot of runs without Francisco and he's just part of the lineup now. I don't want to put too much pressure on him and have him feel like he's the guy who has to start anything," Rodriguez added.
    The Aeros announced a sellout crowd of 9,025, the first capacity crowd for the team under first-year owner Ken Babby. The theme for the game was "Christmas in July" and fireworks followed the contest.
    Reach Assistant Editor Andy Harris at andy.harris@thesuburbanite.com
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