Recap 08/08: New Britain Avoids Sweep, Rocks Akron 11-3

NEW
BRITAIN, CT – Aeros ace Alex White struggled again Sunday as the New Britain
Rock Cats salvaged a win to end this three-game series with a dominant 11-3
victory. White permitted seven runs in five plus innings on the day as the
hosts provided plenty of run support in front of another impressive crowd of
5,426 fans at New Britain Stadium. The last-place Rock Cats of the Eastern
Division improved to 34-81, and with the loss, the Aeros finished 2-5 on this
weeklong road trip and now have a 58-55 record on the season.

White
avoided damage through the first two frames before his offense took the lead in
the third. A sacrifice bunt from Akron center fielder Jordan Henry advanced
Miguel Perez and Lucas Montero advanced runners to third and second base,
respectively. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall followed two batters later with a
sacrifice fly to left.

The
Rock Cats responded swiftly as Joe Benson belted a solo one-out homer in the
bottom of the third to tie the score at 1-1. After a walk and a double, Erik
Lis hit a home run for the second straight night, this blast coming in the
three-run variety.

Back-to-back
doubles from designated hitter Tim Fedroff and Perez cut the deficit to 4-2 in
the fourth before White cruised through another two more innings. The Aeros
added another score in the top of the sixth as right fielder John Drennen led
off with a homer.

New
Britain then rallied in the sixth, starting the frame with a single, an RBI
double and a walk before Connor Graham entered the game in relief. He promptly
permitted three more runs, two via run-scoring groundouts, and the blowout
continued in the seventh inning. New reliever Bryan Price allowed a solo homer
to Juan Portes as a wild pitch and another groundout provided for the final
margin of the night.

Kyle
Gibson (7-5) earned the victory for the Rock Cats in scattering three runs on
seven hits through his 5.2 innings pitched. White (6-6) failed to survive the
sixth frame, permitting eight hits, two walks and two home runs in his worst
Double-A start of the season. The 21-year-old has now allowed at least four
runs in each of his past three outings (7.04 ERA).

Akron
finished with nine hits in the game, led by an impressive outing from the
bottom half of the lineup. Drennen was 2-for-4 with his fifth homer of the
season while the final three batters, Fedroff, Perez and Montero, all collected
two hits as well.

The
Aeros thankfully return home to Ohio tonight and will begin another weeklong
home stand, the longest remaining of the season, Tuesday night against the
Reading Phillies. It is a Two for Tuesday at Canal Park starting at 7:05 p.m.
and fans can enjoy buy one, get one free specials on tickets, hot dogs, ice
cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Recently
acquired right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his second start
for the Aeros against Reading lefty Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.49 ERA). Tuesday night’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 at (330) 253-5151.

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