GAME #103 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
HOME GAME #54 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH
AKRON AEROS (54-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-48)
CLEVELAND INDIANS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
? Tighten Up… The Aeros evened their series with the Bowie Baysox Tuesday night, earning a 4-0 victory thanks to a five-hit shutout by four pitchers. All the scoring for the evening occurred in the first inning in front of the 2,889 fans at Canal Park in downtown Akron. Center fielder Jordan Henry began his impressive night with a double, second baseman Jason Kipnis singled and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall collected an RBI base hit. Red-hot designated hitter Matt McBride followed with a towering three-run home run to the canal in left field, providing all four quick runs against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. The Baysox finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight men on base in the loss. Reliever Connor Graham earned the win on the night for the Aeros with a pair of shutout innings, Zagone (1-3) took the loss and Bryan Price recorded his first career save.
? Lookin’ Good… Cleveland Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes started for Akron Tuesday night and dominated in his first career Eastern League appearance. The 28-year-old permitted just one hit and one walk with one strikeout in his three shutout innings during his third rehab start following June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. The Aeros received Reyes earlier in the day yesterday from the Arizona League Indians, where he was 0-1 with a 4.51 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched. Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a July 2008 trade, he owns a 5.12 ERA in 67 games (52 starts) in his MLB career.
? Thrice is Nice… A trio of Akron relievers followed Reyes Tuesday and helped to keep the Baysox in check. Recently received Rob Bryson avoided damage despite a double and a walk in the fourth inning before Graham and Price combined to close the door in the final five frames. The Aeros bullpen now has a 2.52 ERA over the team’s past 67 games since May 15th, Graham now has a 2.37 ERA in 24 relief appearances this season and Price has not allowed a run over his past 12.2 innings pitched.
? Oh Henry… Despite the low scoring Tuesday, Akron’s leadoff hitter Henry had a career performance at the plate. He finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored after posting just three extra-base hits and no three-hit games in his first 34 Double-A contests. The 22-year-old is now batting .692 (9-for-13) in his past four games, including Sunday’s currently suspended contest at Reading. Cleveland selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of Mississippi.
? Bash Brothers… McBride continued his hot hitting with his team-leading 17th home run Tuesday but is not the only streaking Aero. Right fielder Jerad Head also extended the longest hitting streak of his career to 10 games with a single as the two outfielders have led the Eastern League’s best offense (.272 team average) for the past two months. McBride is batting .364 with 13 home runs in 26 games since June 28th and Head has a .341 batting average with nine homers in 34 games since June 10th.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Tuesday’s 4-0 victory at Canal Park was Akron’s eighth shutout of the season, third in the Eastern League, and third in just 14 games (six wins) against the second-place Bowie Baysox.