AIKEN, S.C. – Starter Jesus Soto allowed just one run over six innings
of work, and the Aiken Foxhounds (8-3) drilled three more home runs as
the hosts won their sixth-straight game, downing the Macon Music (6-5)
11-2 Tuesday night at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Foxhounds have
now scored 55 runs and hit 14 home runs in their first five home
games, all wins.
With Soto (2-0) cruising on the mound, the Foxhounds finally broke a
scoreless tie in the bottom of the third on an Evandy DeLeon solo home
run, his fourth of the season.
Kelly Hunt sandwiched a double in between two walk to load the bases
with no outs in the bottom of the fourth. Ben Bando followed with an
RBI single to left field to make it 2-0. Catcher Jeff Timmons then
blew the game wide-open with a grand slam to left-center field.
DeLeon hit a two-run double and Joe Cuttone added an RBI single to run
the score to 9-0.
Soto had his only hiccup in the top of the seventh, allowing a leadoff
homer to Rick Simpson. The right-handed hurler left with two outs in
the frame, finishing with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings while allowing
just two walks and five hits.
Aiken added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Bando
drilled a two-run home run. Macon closed the scoring in the eighth
when Ismael Castro hit a solo homer.
Timmons finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, Bando went
2-for-4 with three RBI, and DeLeon went 2-for-5 with RBI. Kelly Hunt
and Joe Cuttone added three-hit nights at the plate for the Foxhounds.
The Foxhounds and the Music will complete their three-game series on
Wednesday night at Roberto Hernandez Stadium at 7:05 PM.