July 2010

Recap 07/27: Aeros Shutout Baysox Quickly, Win 4-0

AKRON,
OH – Four Aeros pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Tuesday night,
defeating the second-place Bowie Baysox by the final score of 4-0. Led by
rehabbing Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes and a big first inning of
offense, Akron led throughout in a speedy two-hour and 13-minute contest in
front of 2,889 fans at Canal Park. With the win, the third-place Aeros (54-48) jump
back to being only one game behind the Baysox (56-48) in the race for the
Western Division’s wild card spot.

Reyes
allowed his only hit of his three innings pitched in the top of the first just
before the Akron offense provided all the run support needed on the night.  

Center
fielder Jordan Henry started his impressive game with a double to right and
second baseman Jason Kipnis singled against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall made it a 1-0 game with an RBI single to left while designated
hitter Matt McBride then followed with a towering three-run homer to the canal
in left field.

The
Aeros stranded two more runners later that inning as well and there would be
only six base hits total in the remaining eight frames. Reyes blanked the
Baysox through three before passing the torch to recently promoted reliever Rob
Bryson.

Tyler
Henson started the top of that fourth with a double and although Joe Mahoney also
drew a walk, Bryson worked out of the damage by forcing three straight outs.
Bowie only threatened again in the ninth when as they stranded runners on first
and second.

Reliever
Connor Graham (3-5) earned the victory for Akron, retiring all six batters he
faced after replacing Bryson in the fifth. Zagone (1-3) took the loss despite
only permitting one base runner after the first inning. Bryan Price then earned
his first save with three more shutout frames while it was an impressive Aeros
debut for Reyes. The right-hander allowed one hit and one walk with one
strikeout in his three innings pitched during his third rehab start following
June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery.  

Henry
starred offensively as he finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles against
Zagone, increasing his Double-A batting average to .341 in 44 at-bats against left-handers.
McBride’s home run was his team-leading 17th of the season as he
joined two other sluggers for the minor league lead with 11 homers during the
month of July.

The
Aeros look for the series win in this crucial three-game series at Canal Park Wednesday
night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. All Akron fans can save $28 on Family Packs
specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft
drinks for only $48 total. Lefty Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.20 ERA) makes his
team-leading 20th start of the year for the Aeros against Bowie
left-hander Pedro Viola (3-0, 2.45 ERA). Wednesday evening’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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #102: 07/27/10

GAME #102 ? TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #53 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Monday Madness… The Bowie Baysox slammed the Aeros pitching staff Monday night, earning a 10-5 victory in the opener of Akron’s seven-game home stand. Bowie scored the game’s first three runs in the third and fourth against Aeros starter Paolo Espino before back-and-forth offense highlighted the middle innings. Designated Matt McBride and first baseman Beau Mills each doubled and right fielder Jerad Head had an RBI single in the fourth inning but the Baysox responded to take a 6-2 lead. Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall lined a home run in the fifth while the road team again scored three more runs in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis plated the fifth Aeros with a double while new reliever Nick Hagadone permitted the final run of the night in the eighth. Bowie reliever Ryohei Tanaka (5-11) struggled but earned the win while Espino (9-4) took the loss. 

? Bowie Beat-Down… Espino’s outing Monday snapped a streak of two straight quality starts as the right-hander allowed five runs on a season-high 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. The Eastern League All-Star entered the game with a 3.71 ERA and failed in his attempt to become the third EL pitcher to win 10 games this season. Reliever Steven Wright replaced him in the fifth inning but fared no better, permitting the next four runs on five hits while only surviving a single inning. 
? Rolaids Relief… Closer Omar Aguilar delivered a shutout ninth inning Monday, striking out the side while only allowing a hit by pitch. The 25-year-old right-hander now is 0-2 with four saves and a 2.18 ERA over 20.2 innings in 16 games since May 31st. 
? Daring Drennen… The left fielder Drennen was productive offensively yet again Monday, finishing 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He now leads qualified Aeros and ranks third in the EL with his .313 batting average this season as he is batting .335 over his past 68 games played since April 25th, including a current 27-game on base streak. Cleveland selected Drennen in the sandwich round (33rd overall) of the June 2005 Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. 
? Picture Perfect… Monday’s loss marked the first time an opponent scored double-digit runs against Akron since June 26th, a span of exactly one month. In the 26 games in between these two occurrences, the Aeros pitching staff allowed opponents to average just 3.3 runs per game, eclipsing three runs only 11 times and five runs just five, while collecting a 2.66 ERA. 
? New Beginnings… The Aeros made a few more roster moves today as RHP Anthony Reyes officially joined the team on rehab assignment and LHP Eric Berger was transferred to Class AAA Columbus. Reyes will make his Eastern League debut tonight on a three-inning or 50-pitch limit as he continues his recovery from June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. Berger will also make his International League debut tonight while former Akron Aero RHP Josh Tomlin debuts for Cleveland. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:  
The white-hot Akron Aeros now lead the 12-team Eastern League with a 15-8 record, 30 home runs, a .290 team batting average and a 2.69 ERA during 23 games in the month of July.

Recap 07/26: Baysox Take Opener, Defeat Aeros 10-5

AKRON,
OH – The Bowie Baysox out-slugged the Aeros Monday night, earning a 10-5
victory in the first game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Amidst 29 total
hits, nine doubles, four errors and nine pitchers used in the three-hour and
21-minute marathon, the Baysox jumped an extra game in the tight Western
Division wild card race. With the win in front of the downtown Akron crowd of
7,661 fans on Dollar Dog Monday, second-place Bowie improved to 56-47 this
season with a two-game lead over the 53-48 Aeros.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino struggled in the start for Akron and allowed Bowie
to take an early lead in the third. A Tyler Henson RBI single scored Greg
Miclat and the Baysox added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double
from Carlos Rojas.

Trailing
3-0, the Aeros responded in the bottom of the fourth as designated hitter Matt
McBride and first baseman Beau Mills began the frame with back-to-back doubles.
Right fielder Jerad Head then scored Mills with a single but Bowie continued to
hammer Espino later that inning. Jonathan Tucker knocked him out of the game
with a one-out RBI double while reliever Steven Wright permitted two more hits
to increase the deficit to 6-2.

Akron
third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor against Baysox starting
pitcher Chorye Spoone in the fifth. Center fielder Jordan Henry drew a leadoff
walk and after an out, Chisenhall lined a homer to right, cutting the deficit
in half to only two runs.

Unfortunately,
the Bowie offense stayed hot with three runs all against Wright in the sixth
highlighted by a two-run single from Tucker. Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis
made it a 9-5 game with a double to score catcher Damaso Espino in the bottom
of that frame against reliever Ryohei Tanaka. Steven Lerud then added the
evening’s final run with a double to dead center field against new reliever
Nick Hagadone in the eighth.

Tanaka
(5-11) earned the win in just his second relief appearance of the season,
allowing a run on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Espino (9-4) took the
loss, snapping a streak of two straight quality starts in permitting the first
five runs on 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 frames. Wright struggled
as well in surrendering the next four runs while Hagadone delivered two innings
pitched on the night with one more run allowed.

All
18 batters recorded at least one hit, including 10 with at least two, as only
Akron catcher Damaso Espino did not to reach base twice. John Drennen, Mills, and
Head all collected two hits for Akron, as the latter extended his hitting
streak to 10 straight games.

Christmas
in July returns to Canal Park Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. as this crucial
three-game continues. Exchange any five non-perishable food items for a free
ticket or a gently used winter coat (preferably a children’s size) for two with
all proceeds benefitting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Salvation
Army of Greater Akron. There will be seven Santas on hand along with stars from
the Akron Racers and it is Two for Tuesday featuring buy one, get one free
specials on hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Cleveland
Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes is the expected starter Tuesday for Akron as
he continues his rehab assignment in Double-A against Bowie lefty Rick Zagone
(1-2, 3.55 ERA). Join long-time Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Tuesday
evening’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #101: 07/26/10

GAME #101 ? MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #52 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-47) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (55-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Sunday Suspension… Akron’s contest Sunday afternoon against the Reading Phillies was suspended with a tied 5-5 score in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Aeros led early in the contest thanks to a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Henry in the first and then an RBI single from left fielder John Drennen in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head followed Drennen’s hit with a two-run homer to right field before Reading responded to cut the deficit to 4-2 after three innings. Second baseman Jason Kipnis collected another run-scoring hit while the Phillies chased Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz out of the game in the fourth. Rain halted action with Reading’s Matt Rizzotti at the plate against reliever Bryan Price, with runners on first and third base along with two outs in the frame. The game will resume at First Energy Stadium on Tuesday, August 17th and will be followed by that evening’s regular scheduled game in seven innings. All statistics from yesterday will not count until the game’s completion. 

? The White House… The Aeros announced Monday morning that starting pitcher Alex White is the recipient of this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week award. The 21-year-old product of the University of North Carolina was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two starts this past week, leading Akron to victories on Monday and Saturday nights. He has thrown six consecutive quality starts and is now 4-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts against three walks in 38.1 innings pitched since June 25th. White is the second player on the team with two such awards this year and was Cleveland’s first-round selection (15th overall) in the June 2009 Draft. 
? McBride Wars… White won the award, but that does not discredit the recent accomplishments of outfielder Matt McBride. The Akron slugger batted .435 (10-for-23) in six games last week, doubling four times along with two home runs, six runs scored and seven RBI. McBride will be one of the leading candidates for the upcoming Eastern League Player of the Month as in 24 games since June 28th, the 25-year-old easily leads the EL with 12 home runs, a .870 slugging percentage and a 1.297 OPS. 
? Sun Devil Surprise… Another hot hitter for the Aeros is the second baseman Kipnis, who was Cleveland’s second-round selection in the June 2009 Draft. He is now batting .474 (18-for-38) over his last nine games played dating back to June 15th, increasing his Double-A batting average to .329 in 37 games. On the season in 91 combined contests between Akron and Class A Kinston, the converted outfielder out of Arizona State University is batting .313 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs, 66 runs scored and 47 RBI. 
? No Joshing… The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday that right-hander Josh Tomlin will make his major-league debut in a start Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. Tomlin, a 25-year-old native of Tyler, TX, was 14-9 with a 4.16 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for the Aeros in 2009, just the third player in franchise history to win at least 14 games in a single season. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros begin this week’s seven-game home stand with a 21-6 record in their last 27 games at Canal Park and have won nine consecutive games in Ohio dating back to July 7th.

Anthony Reyes to Start Tuesday for Akron Aeros

AKRON,
OH – Cleveland Indians pitcher Anthony Reyes will continue his rehab assignment
Tuesday night with the Akron Aeros at Canal Park. Reyes will start tomorrow in
Akron’s matchup against the Bowie Baysox and is Sunday afternoon’s expected
starter as well. The right-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow
surgery on June 12th, 2009 and will initially be on a three-inning
or 50-pitch limit, whichever occurs first.

Reyes
last pitched for the Indians on May 22nd of last season against the
Cincinnati Reds before landing on the disabled list with his right elbow
injury. He went 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in eight MLB starts in 2009 and has already
made two starts this year during his rehabilitation with the rookie-level
Arizona League Indians. He was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in his 4.1 innings pitched,
striking out six against two walks and three runs (two earned).

Cleveland
acquired Reyes from the St. Louis Cardinals organization in a trade on July 26th,
2008 for former Aero reliever Luis Perdomo and cash. A product of the
University of Southern California, Reyes owns a 13-26 record and a 5.12 ERA
across 67 games (52 starts) in his five-year major league career. He is a
member of the Indians 40-man roster but does not count against the limit
because he is on the 60-day disabled list.

The
Cardinals originally selected Reyes in the 15th round of the June
2003 Draft and he most recently pitched in Double-A in 2004 with the Tennessee
Diamond Jaxx of the Southern League. He was 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 12 starts
for Tennessee that year, and he has a career 18-11 record with a 3.15 ERA in 55
Class AAA starts. Baseball America
named him the top pitching prospect in the St. Louis organization prior to the
2005 and 2006 seasons and he was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the 2006
World Series.

Akron begins a weeklong home stand tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal
Park against the second-place Bowie Baysox. Tonight is Dollar Dog Monday and all
Aeros fans can acquire FREE ticket vouchers for the game at any local Ritzman
Pharmacy location.
Eastern League All-Star Paolo Espino (9-3, 3.71 ERA) will make the
start Monday night for the Aeros against Bowie’s Chorye Spoone (7-5, 3.70 ERA).
Monday evening’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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

Akron Aeros Name Alex White Player of the Week

AKRON,
OH – Starting pitcher Alex White won the Akron Aeros Player of the Week award
Monday morning for the second time this season. The award covers the week
between July 19th through July 25th, spanning six games
for the Aeros against the Altoona Curve and the Reading Phillies. White previously
won the award two weeks ago and after yet another impressive week, became the
second Akron player to win it twice this season.

The
right-hander continued his impressive pitching in the Eastern League with wins
on Monday and Saturday nights, finishing with a 1.29 ERA. White pitched 14.0
innings, allowing just two runs on 14 hits while striking out 14 batters
against no walks. The Aeros won Monday at Canal Park by the margin of 4-1
against the first-place Curve before smashing the Phillies 12-1 Saturday, the
team’s largest margin of victory on the year.

Over
the course of his 12 starts for Akron this year, the 21-year-old White has easily
emerged as the leader of the starting rotation. He is now 6-4 with a 1.48 ERA
in 73.0 innings pitched, holding Eastern League opponents to a .204 batting
average against. He has recorded quality starts in each of his last six
outings, going 4-1 with a 0.70 ERA. He has permitted just three earned runs
(nine total runs) in this streak while striking out 29 batters against only
three walks allowed in 38.1 innings pitched.

White
began his professional career in 2010 with Class A Kinston and in his eight
starts, he finished 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 44.0 innings
pitched. He recorded four straight quality starts before earning the promotion
to Akron on May 23rd and for the combined season, now ranks sixth
among full-season MiLB pitchers with his 2.00 ERA while ranking 13th
with a .204 batting average against. Cleveland selected White in the first
round (15th overall) of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of
North Carolina.

Baseball America recognized the
Greenville, NC native in their pre-season and mid-season rakings of baseball’s
best prospects. The publication ranked him as the ninth best in the Indians
system before the year and as the #65 prospect in the minor leagues. In a mid-season
update, White jumped up to #49, second-highest among Cleveland prospects.

The Akron Aeros will
award their Player of the Week honor to an individual player every Monday for
the rest of the season. In the case of a Monday closure of the team offices,
the Aeros will announce the award Tuesday. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the
June 2009 Draft, second baseman Jason Kipnis, won the award last week and is
the only other two-time honoree. This week, the separate Eastern League
Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went to Bowie’s Joseph Mahoney and Trenton’s
Lance Pendleton, respectively.

Akron begins a weeklong home stand tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal
Park against the second-place Bowie Baysox. Tonight is Dollar Dog Monday and all
Aeros fans can acquire FREE ticket vouchers for the game at any local Ritzman
Pharmacy location.
Eastern League All-Star Paolo Espino (9-3, 3.71 ERA) will make the
start Monday night for the Aeros against Bowie’s Chorye Spoone (7-5, 3.70 ERA).
Monday evening’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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/25: Aeros and Phillies Suspended, Tied at 5-5

READING,
PA – Sunday’s finale between the Aeros and the Reading Phillies was suspended
in the bottom of the fourth inning and will resume on Tuesday, August 17th.
The score was 5-5 with two outs in the frame before the rain halted action and resulted
in an afternoon-ending 31-minute rain delay.  Akron fielder Jerad Head homered for the fifth
time in eight games as the Aeros remain 53-47 on the season and Reading is
49-50.

Center
fielder Jordan Henry began the game on a strong note as he doubled and scored
on sacrifice fly in the first. Akron then continued to pounce on Phillies
starter Ty Taubenheim in the second, taking a 2-0 lead on an RBI single from
left fielder John Drennen while Head followed with a two-run homer to right on
his first pitch.

Reading
responded in the bottom of that second as Kevin Mahar provided a solo home run
with one out against lefty starter Kelvin De La Cruz. A bases loaded walk to
Matt Rizzotti in the third then cut the deficit to only 4-2 for the host
Phillies.

Akron
added their final run on a run-scoring single from second baseman Jason Kipnis
in the fourth while De La Cruz left the game in the chaotic fourth. A double,
three walks, a single and a wild pitch scored a pair of runs before reliever
Bryan Price entered the game and forced the inning’s second out on a fielder’s
choice. With Rizzotti at the plate and facing a 0-1 count with runners on first
and third against Price, the rain halted play.

The
continuation will take place on August 17th starting at 6:05 p.m.
and will be followed by that evening’s regularly scheduled game in seven
innings. That night marks the start of yet another three-game series at First
Energy Stadium in Reading for the Aeros, the final meetings in a stretch of 14 games
in four weeks between these two teams. Today’s statistics for both teams will
only count after the completion of the resumption of the game.

Following
the game Sunday, the Aeros returned home to Akron for Monday’s start of a
weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Tomorrow is Dollar Dog Monday with a 7:05
p.m. first pitch against the second-place Bowie Baysox while all Aeros fans can
acquire FREE ticket vouchers for the game at any local Ritzman Pharmacy
location.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino (9-3, 3.71 ERA) will make the start Monday night
for the home team against Bowie’s Chorye Spoone (7-5, 3.70 ERA). Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Monday evening’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50
p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #101: 07/25/10

GAME #101 ? SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010 ? 1:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #50 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA

AKRON AEROS (53-47) AT READING PHILLIES (49-50)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Night Fever… The Aeros dominated the Reading Phillies Saturday night, utilizing strong start pitching and a furious offensive attack to win 12-1 in front of 6,765 fans at First Energy Stadium. The scoring began in the second when Akron first baseman Beau Mills scored on a John Drennen fielder’s choice. Mills then smacked a three-run homer as the road team scored five times with no outs in the third inning before in the fourth, Reading scored their lone run against starter Alex White. The Aeros then scored in each of the next four frames highlighted by two runs in the sixth and then solo home runs from right fielder Jerad Head and the left fielder Drennen. White (6-4) earned the victory while Phillies lefty Yohan Flande (7-7) took the loss. 

? Alex the Great… Saturday night was yet another impressive Double-A start for White, the youngest member of the entire Akron roster. The right-hander struck out seven batters in his seven innings, allowing just the single run on eight hits. It was White’s sixth consecutive quality start, the longest streak by an Aero pitcher this season, as he now has a 1.48 ERA in 12 starts in the Eastern League. He now ranks second in the entire Indians organization with a 2.00 ERA combined this season along with 90 strikeouts. Ever since his promotion from Class A Kinston on May 23rd, he has stabilized a pitching staff that now has a 3.20 ERA over these past 58 contests with 21 quality starts after a 5.09 ERA and only six quality outings in the first 42 games. 
? Runaway McBride… Another offensive star Saturday was the designated hitter Matt McBride, who finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. The Bethlehem, PA native also scored three runs and collected two RBI, continuing his offensive production over the last month. McBride now easily leads the Eastern League with an .870 slugging percentage and a 1.297 OPS in 24 games played since June 28th and has a .370 batting average with nine walks, 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 29 RBI over this span. 
? Topekan Tornado… Head extended his hitting streak to nine games Saturday with yet another home run. The product of Topeka, KS homered for the fourth time in seven games, and has also recorded an RBI in eight of his last 10. He is now batting .296 on the year in Double-A, and has been most impressive both at home at Canal Park and against left-handed pitching. The outfielder has a .351 batting average in 28 home games and is now batting .345 with six homers in 58 at-bats against lefties.
? Rubber City Records… Akron’s hot streak resumed Saturday night in Reading, ending a two-game losing streak at First Energy Stadium. The Aeros are now 17-7 over the past 24 games and are doubling up opponents by the score of 142 to 71. For the year, Akron has now out-scored opponents by a season-high 18 runs, after actually losing by 43 runs after only 25 games played. The team is also only 4.5 games behind the Western Division lead for the first time in over three months, dating back to April 21st. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros now have a 45-13 record in 58 games this season when scoring at least four runs, also 21-4 when scoring seven runs or more and thus just 8-34 with three runs or less.

Recap 07/24: White Dazzles Again, Aeros Beat Phillies 12-1

READING,
PA – Starter Alex White pitched seven efficient innings Saturday night to lead
the Aeros to a 12-1 victory at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Phillies.
Akron smacked three home runs on the night and 17 hits total, snapping
back-to-back defeats at the hand of the Phillies this weekend. A crowd of 6,765
fans witnessed the Aeros (53-47) score early and often en route to remaining
only one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second place wild card spot
in the Western Division while Reading is now 49-50.

First
baseman Beau Mills starred early for Akron as he drew a leadoff walk in the
second inning against Phillies starter Yohan Flande. Mills eventually scored on
a fielder’s choice before a monster bottom of the third for the road team. The
Aeros scored five runs in that frame, all with no outs, and started with a
double and three singles. Mills then brought home three more runs with a homer
to right, providing for the early 6-0 advantage.

White
cruised in the meantime, finally allowing the Phillies to score their lone run
in the bottom of the fourth. Timo Perez plated Michael Spidale on the RBI single,
but Akron maintained the six-run edge with another score in the fifth. Designated
hitter Matt McBride doubled to begin the frame while both shortstop Carlos
Rivero and left fielder John Drennen singled to bring home the run.

The
blowout continued in the sixth when center fielder Jordan Henry walked and second
baseman Jason Kipnis singled to end Flande’s night. An error by second baseman
Harold Garcia then plated Henry while McBride’s sacrifice fly made it an
eight-run game.

Aeros
right fielder Jerad Head then extended the lead yet again with a leadoff home
run in the top of the seventh. White finished after the seventh right before
Drennen delivered the evening’s final blow with a two-run, two-out home run in
the eighth.

White
(6-4) earned the win with his sixth consecutive quality start, striking out
seven batters against one run on eight hits. The 21-year-old now has a 1.48 ERA
in 12 Eastern League starts and he has allowed just four earned runs over these
last six outings. Flande (7-7) took the loss in permitting nine runs (eight
earned) on 12 hits in five frames while relievers Rob Bryson and Chen-Chang Lee
shutout the Phillies in the final two innings.

Nine
of the 10 Akron batters collected a hit on the night while six finished with
multi-hit performances. McBride was the only to finish with three base knocks
while also scoring three times and driving in a pair of runs. Drennen and Mills
each had three RBI in the victory while both homered for the eighth time this
season.

The
Aeros hope to manage a four-game split in this weekend series in Sunday
afternoon’s finale at 1:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Akron left-hander
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will look for his third win in three second
half starts against a currently unannounced Reading starter. Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster 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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #100: 07/24/10

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
AERODYNAMICS… 

? 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.
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