Recap 07/10: White Blanks Wolves, Aeros Win Again 4-0

ERIE,
PA – Aeros starter Alex White continued his mastery of the Eastern League
Saturday night with six scoreless innings to lead Akron to a 4-0 win over the host
Erie SeaWolves. White and a pair of Aeros relievers combined to hold Erie to
just five hits and two walks overall in front of the 4,546 fans at Jerry Uht
Park, marking the seventh shutout for the team. Designated hitter and first
baseman Matt McBride hit another home run in the contest as well as an odd
lineup switch occurred in the fourth straight victory for Akron (45-43) while the
loss dropped the reeling Wolves to 36-53.

White
stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning and an odd lineup
mistake hurt the Aeros offense in the second. The lineup mistake caused McBride
to move from designated hitter to first base in the bottom half of the frame and
brought White to the plate for the first time ever as the number five hitter in
place of Beau Mills.

Despite
the unfortunate lineup, Akron struck first in the third inning against Erie
lefty starter Duane Below. Catcher Miguel Perez reached base on a throwing
error and after two outs, second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled to right for the
first run. Left fielder John Drennen then capped the frame and gave the Aeros a
2-0 lead with an RBI single to left.

The
SeaWolves failed to have more than one runner reach base in any inning between
the first and the ninth, leaving room for the Akron attack. McBride led the
sixth against Below with a solo homer to left before White drew his second
walk. Third baseman Cristo Arnal later notched the final run of the contest
with a run-scoring single to center field.

White
(4-4) earned the win with his fourth straight quality start, his eighth feat in
just 10 appearances in Double-A. He struck out seven against just four hits and
a walk, lowering his ERA to 1.53 with the Aeros this year. Below (3-8) took the
loss while Akron relievers Omar Aguilar and Zach Putnam finished the shutout with
three more scoreless frames.

McBride’s
solo home run was his team-leading 12th of the season, placing him
third among minor leaguers in the Indians organization and his 48 RBI now ranks
fourth. Kipnis improved his batting average to .298 with a pair of doubles on
the night and right fielder Jerad Head finished 2-for-4 with a two-bagger as
well.

Akron
hopes to win a fifth straight contest at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Jerry Uht Park in
Erie. The Aeros have won nine of their last 12 contests with two games left before
the Eastern League All-Star Break and Akron lefty Scott Barnes (4-8, 5.42 ERA)
makes the start against southpaw Charles Furbush (1-0, 2.57 ERA) of the
SeaWolves. Join Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast beginning at
12:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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