Squirrels Drop Finale in Akron

Akron, OH (WWBT)- Sending an emergency-starter for the second time in the series, the Flying Squirrels were beaten, 5-2, by the Akron Aeros on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Clayton Tanner was scratched from the start as the San Francisco Giants designated him for assignment to make room for Eric Surkamp on the San Francisco 40-man roster.

Richmond mounted a two-out uprising in the first inning against Akron right-hander Austin Adams to take the early lead. Francisco Peguero sparked the Squirrels with a two-out single, which triggered four consecutive base hits. Chris Dominguez followed with a single, and Wes Hodges made it 1-0 with a single to right-center field. Juan Perez capped the inning with a single to left-center, bringing in Dominguez from third base.

Making an emergency start, left-hander Wilmin Rodriguez negotiated his way through two scoreless innings. Things went south for him in the third however, as Akron plated four runs to take the lead. Karexon Sanchez started trouble with a double to left-center field. Jordan Henry followed with a bunt-single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Juan Diaz tapped a ball back to the mound, and the Squirrels had Sanchez tied up into between third and home. However, Chris Dominguez dropped the baseball trying to apply the tag, allowing Sanchez to score and the other two runners to stay aboard. Dominguez was charged with an error, and John Drennen made it hurt, as he followed with a two-run single into left field that gave Akron a 3-2 lead. Drennen later came around to score on a sacrifice-fly from Donnie Webb.

Rodriguez endured the loss, and was charged with four runs, two earned, over three innings. He conceded four hits, walked three and struck out two.

Adams departed with the lead after five innings and earned his 11th victory of the season. He allowed just the two runs in the first inning. He surrendered seven total hits, walked none and struck out six.

Left-hander Alex Hinshaw surrendered the final run of the day to the Aeros in the seventh inning. He walked Henry to start the frame, and conceded a single to Diaz to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Diaz swiped second base, and Johnny Monell threw wildly into center field. The error allowed Henry to score to complete the scoring

Right-hander Bryce Stowell turned in three scoreless innings, repeatedly using the wind to knock down well-struck balls from the Squirrels. He bridged the ballgame from the fifth to the ninth inning. Left-hander Kelvin De la Cruz worked a scoreless ninth inning to lock down the win for Akron.

The Squirrels fall a game and a half back of the Western Division Wild Card playoff spot, after a Bowie win on Sunday.  They'll return home for their final series at The Diamond, beginning Monday at 7:05 pm.

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