GAME #100 ? SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
ROAD GAME #49 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA
AKRON AEROS (52-47) AT READING PHILLIES (49-49)
CLEVELAND INDIANS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
? Summer Reading… The Reading Phillies utilized a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth from first baseman Kevin Mahar to continue their 2010 domination of the Aeros with a 7-6 victory Friday night. A crowd of 8,902 fans at First Energy Stadium witnessed Akron take an early three-run lead thanks to a first-inning homer from first baseman Matt McBride. The Phillies stormed back from there with the two teams exchanging single runs before the hosts scored five in the fourth to secure a 6-4 advantage. The Aeros slowly worked their way back from there as left fielder Tim Fedroff homered for just the second time this season to cut the deficit to one run in the seventh. In the top of the ninth, right fielder Jerad Head scored second baseman Cristo Arnal on a single to tie the game, but Mahar responded with his game-winner against closer Omar Aguilar. Reading’s Sergio Escalona (2-6) earned the victory despite blowing the save in the ninth while Aguilar (1-2) took the loss in the heart-breaker.
? Just Wright… Right-hander Steven Wright replaced Akron starter Scott Barnes and recorded a pair of shutout innings in the loss Friday. The reliever allowed a pair of walks with two hits, but avoided damage with two strikeouts to keep the Aeros in the game. A product of the University of Hawaii, Wright now has 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings as a Double-A relief pitcher this season.
? Head of State… One of Akron’s more unheralded offensive stars recently has been the right fielder Head, who tied the game Friday in Reading with his RBI single in the ninth. He finished 2-for-5 on the night in just his second game as the team’s second batter in the lineup. After batting only .196 through his first 13 contests in his return trip to Akron this year, Head has responded by collecting a .342 batting average with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI in his last 31 games since June 10th. The Topeka, KS native leads the Eastern League with a .676 slugging percentage during this time and also has 24 runs scored.
? Road Warrior… McBride provided the Aeros with the early lead Friday, smacking yet another road homer in the first inning against the Phillies. It was the Bethlehem, PA native’s team-leading 16th home run of the season, with 13 coming away from the state of Ohio, and also extended his road on-base streak to all 43 games this season. McBride has started at right field, first base and designated hitter in each of the past three contests and leads Akron in nearly every single offensive category on the year.
? Century Mark… Tonight marks the 100th game of the season for the Aeros and they remain just one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second-place wild card spot. Akron won five consecutive Southern Division pennants in the previous Eastern League alignment and set an EL-record with a fifth straight 80-win season last year as well. In order to extend that mark to a sixth year in a row, the Aeros would have to finish the regular season this year on a 28-15 tear (.651 win percentage).
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Akron Aeros hold the Eastern League’s best record at 45-0 when leading after eight innings this season and also are tied for the most wins when trailing after eight with four.