July 21, 2012 and 2013

Early last decade, the Akron Aeros (now RubberDucks) scored double-digit runs exactly 365 days apart. Here’s the highlights from these two stellar July 21sts.


The Aeros dominated the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) 10-1 in Richmond, Va. The game was over fairly quickly as Akron led 8-0 in the middle of the fourth. LF Thomas Neal had the best all-around offensive game, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four driven in, three of them on a two-out homer in the top of the fourth that set the score at the aforementioned 8-0 mark. The scoring also started with a two-out, three-run home run, this one off the bat of SS Juan Diaz, accounting for all of his RBI that day. Other notables from the offensive box score include 2B Matt Lawson’s three-hit game and the presence of current Indians starting C Roberto Perez, who wen 1-for-4 with a run and a walk while playing the entire game behind the dish. Paolo Espino started the game and pitched eight dominant innings (9 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 HBP) before turning the ball over to Loek Van Mil, who allowed only one baserunner (on a single) in a solid ninth frame.



One year later, the Aeros were on the road again, this time at the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals). The offensive results were similar: An 11-2 victory. RF Carlos Moncrief was the star on this afternoon. His 1th homer of the season was, you guessed it, a two-out, three-run shot that capped off a seven-run seventh that put the game out of the Senators’ reach. It was one o f three hits for Moncrief on the day. SS Francisco Lindor led off and had a stellar day as well (3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI). CF Tyler Holt also had a three-hit, two-run day. Other notables in the Akron lineup included 1B Jesus Aguilar (who, oddly, did not drive in a run on this day) and 3B Giovanny Urshela. Starter Brett Brach allowed only two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven hitters in as many innings before relievers Shawn Armstrong and jose Flores each hurled a hitless frame while allowing a baserunner apiece (Armstrong on a hit batter, Flores on walk).


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