Recap 07/15: De La Cruz Leads Aeros to 6-1 Win over Erie

AKRON,
OH – Aeros lefty Kelvin De La Cruz earned his first win in exactly two months
Thursday night as Akron defeated the visiting Erie SeaWolves by the final score
of 6-1. The 6’5″ starter allowed just one run in six innings for his second
career Double-A quality start while Cleveland Indians star Asdrubal Cabrera
paced the Aeros offense on his rehab assignment. A crowd of 2,774 fans at Canal
Park witnessed Akron (46-45) claim victory over the SeaWolves (38-54) for the
seventh time in 11 chances this season.

Cabrera
helped the Aeros take the early lead by doubling to start the bottom of the
first and Jason Kipnis promptly followed with a single. Third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall then collected the third straight hit with an RBI single to center
and Akron struck again in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head singled and
Jordan Henry later scored Head from second with two outs on a soft flying
single to center to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

Erie
responded in the third inning as center fielder Justin Henry, the brother of
Akron’s Jordan, scored catcher Andy Bouchie on a sacrifice fly. That out then
marked a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired by the red-hot De La
Cruz.

The
Aeros then pounced for two more runs against new Wolves reliever Josh Rainwater
in the fifth. Rainwater, in his first Double-A appearance of the season,
allowed three straight singles to load the bases and Head drew a one-out bases
loaded walk. The hosts then took a commanding 4-1 lead on a fielder’s choice by
left fielder Tim Fedroff.

Lefty
Ramon Garcia replaced Rainwater in the sixth and ran into trouble in the bottom
of the seventh. Beau Mills and Head recorded back-to-back lead off doubles
while designated hitter Matt McBride sealed the victory with a solo home run in
the eighth. 

De La Cruz (2-5) struck out five batters against
four walks and two hits in the contest, snapping a stretch of 10 straight starts
without a victory since May 15th. He finished the sixth inning for
just the second time in his Akron career, tying a record he set in his 2010
debut with the team back on May 8th. Erie starter Anthony Shawler
(1-1) took the loss in his four frames and a combination of Shane Lindsay,
Chen-Chang Lee and Zach Putnam out of Aeros bullpen retired all nine hitters in
the final three innings with five strikeouts.

Akron collected 13 hits total as the shortstop Cabrera
finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored before giving way to
pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the seventh. Four other batters had
multi-hit performances led by two singles and two walks from Chisenhall, two
RBI by Head and the team-leading 14th home run by McBride.

This
home stand continues on another Fireworks Friday at Canal Park with a 7:05 p.m.
first pitch tomorrow. Time Warner Cable presents the fireworks spectacular and
it is a FRITOS« Family Friday
where fans can take advantage of a 10% discount at the Infield Outfitters team
store. It is a battle of Eastern League All-Stars as right-hander Paolo Espino
(8-3, 4.02 ERA) makes the start for the Aeros against Erie’s Brooks Brown (7-5,
3.77 ERA). Friday’s radio broadcast
begins at 6:50 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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