August 2010

Aeros Recap 08/26: Aeros Shutout SeaWolves 12-0

The Aeros won their third consecutive game with an impressive 12-0 shutout
against Erie. Akron gave up only four hits on the evening in front of 7,765
fans at Canal Park while improving to 67-64 as the last-place SeaWolves dropped
to 59-72.

 

Akron
jumped out to an early lead with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out solo
home run in the first inning. The Newport, N.C. native now has 17 round trips
and has tied current Columbus Clipper Matt McBride for the most by any Aeros
player this season.

 

The
Aeros scored a second run in the third when second baseman Jason Kipnis came in
from second after a throwing error by Bryan Pounds, who attempted to get the
third out on a force at second. Right fielder John Drennen doubled the lead in
the next frame with a two-run home run that also scored catcher Miguel Perez
after he reached safely on a single. Left fielder Tim Fedroff duplicated
Drennen’s effort with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth that brought in
first baseman Beau Mills.

 

Akron
poured on the runs in the seventh in a rally started by designated hitter Jerad
Head when he hit an RBI single up the middle to score center fielder Jordan
Henry from second. Mills then walked to load the bases to set up Perez. The
Caracas, Venezuela native singled to score Kipnis, but an error on Erie’s left
fielder Brandon Jones allowed Head to come home. Drennen made it 11-0 with a
deep double to left-center field that brought home Mills and Perez. Erie hurt
itself again when Pounds threw the ball wide of first base and Drennen advanced
home from second to make it 12-0.

 

Right-handed
starter Alex White had a fantastic outing as he improved to 8-7 with three hits,
five strikeouts and one walk. He threw seven shutout innings, matching his
longest outing of the season. SeaWolves starter Anthony Shawler, now 4-3, took
the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, three home runs,
and seven strikeouts.

 

The
Aeros didn’t receive any help tonight in the Western Division wild card race as
Bowie came back to defeat New Britain and Harrisburg defeated Trenton. Akron
remains 3.5 games back of the second-place Senators, but now has an elimination
number in single digits at nine with 11 games to play.

 

Fireworks
sponsored by KeyBank will follow Friday’s game and will be the last of the
season. Join Jim Clark for Thursday’s internet-only
broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. at www.akronaeros.com
as right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.66 ERA) faces the SeaWolves’
righty Brayan Villarreal (0-3, 4.13 ERA). For more information, please call the
Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

 

Aerodynamics 08/26: Game #131

Game #131 Thursday, August 26, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Home Game #68 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (66-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-71)

Cleveland
Indians             
Detroit Tigers

Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • Akron lost the overall season
    series to the Baysox for the first time in over 10 years despite winning this
    week’s series against Bowie. The Aeros finished the year 8-10 against their
    division rival. 

 

Aerodynamics


  • Back
    on track…
    The
    Aeros did their part to stay in the wild card hunt with an 8-1 win in their
    last regular season game against Bowie. Akron started the scoring early with
    two runs in the first inning when second baseman Jason Kipnis reached safely on
    a single to left field and eventually scored the first run after a wild pitch.
    Designated hitter Jerad Head then hit a sacrifice fly that allowed third
    baseman Lonnie Chisenhall cross home plate and made the score 2-0. In the
    second, left fielder Tim Fedroff hit an RBI single to score right fielder John
    Drennen. The Aeros doubled their lead in the fifth with Chisenhall’s RBI single
    to score left fielder Tim Fedroff, Kipnis’ run on an error, and shortstop
    Carlos Rivero’s sacrifice fly to score Chisenhall. Akron built their lead to
    eight before Bowie hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh to put the final
    at 8-1.

  • Good
    Berger…
    Berger
    limited the Baysox batters to just one hit while striking out two and walking
    two in his first appearance since returning to Akron on Aug. 22. The southpaw
    earned the win to improve to 5-5 on the year with the Aeros. Berger forced
    eight Baysox batters to ground out and had five flyouts.

  • Wright
    time…
    Right-handed
    reliever Steven Wright came on in the seventh for the remainder of the game to
    record his fifth save of the season, allowing one run on four hits with three
    strikeouts and two walks. It is the Torrence, Calif. native’s first save since
    July 7, and has successfully fulfilled his last four save opportunities.

  • POW
    battle…
    Second
    baseman Jason Kipnis and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall are battling it out
    for team player of the week honors. Kipnis broke out of a five-game hitless
    slump in with six hits in the three-game series against Bowie. Altogether, the
    Northbrook, Ill. native went 6-12 with a double, three runs, and an RBI on the
    short road trip. Kipnis leads the team in batting with a .325 average with 86
    hits, 37 RBI, 54 runs, 17 doubles, four triples and nine home runs. Chisenhall
    went 5-12 against Bowie with a double, home run, three runs scored, and four
    RBI. The Newport, N.C. native leads the current roster with 16 home runs.

  • Anybody’s
    race…
    The Aeros
    will have to take care of business and hope for some help as they remain 3.5
    games behind Harrisburg for the wild card, but are now just two games behind
    Bowie with 12 games to play. Those games include eight against the Erie
    SeaWolves, last place in the Western Division, and four games against the
    Eastern League leading Trenton Thunder.

  • Number
    one fireworks…
    The
    final fireworks show of the season will follow Friday’s game against Erie and
    will be sponsored by KeyBank. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a
    foam finger giveaway sponsored by the Akron Canton Airport. The airport will
    also be giving away a free AirTran airline voucher to two lucky fans in
    attendance. Sunday will be the final Family Pack Sunday and will be sponsored
    by the Duquesne Incline where fans can buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four
    fountain drinks, and four bags of chips for only $48!

Aeros Recap 08/25: Aeros Take Series at Bowie with 8-1 Win

The Aeros did their part to stay in the wild card hunt, winning their last regular season game against Bowie 8-1. Akron received an excellent effort from left-handed starter Eric Berger in his first start after returning to the team as they improved to 66-64 while the Baysox fell to 68-62.

 

Berger limited the Baysox batters to just one hit while striking out two and walking two in his first appearance since returning to Akron on Aug. 22. The southpaw earned the win to improve to 5-5 on the year with the Aeros.

 

Akron started the scoring early with two runs in the first inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis reached safely on a single to left field and eventually scored the first run after a wild pitch by Bowie starter Eddie Gamboa. Designated hitter Jerad Head then hit a sacrifice fly that allowed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall cross home plate and made the score 2-0. Right fielder John Drennen and left fielder Tim Fedroff paired up for a third run in the second when Drennen hit a double to left-center field before Fedroff brought him home on a single to right-center.

 

The Aeros doubled their lead with three runs in the fifth. Fedroff put the wheels in motion with a walk to start the inning. Kipnis pushed him to third on a double to center field, and Chisenhall followed up with an RBI-single that scored Fedroff. Kipnis scored shortly after when he took advantage of a fielding error by Carlos Rojas.

 

In the seventh, Head crossed home plate after Drennen hit a bases-loaded RBI-single. Catcher Juan Apodaca followed with a groundout that allowed Mills to score from third and give the Aeros a commanding 8-0 lead. Bowie’s only offense also came in the seventh when Joel Guzman his league-leading 29th home run.

 

Right-handed reliever Steven Wright came on in the seventh for the remainder of the game to record his fifth save of the season, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

 

The Aeros remain 3.5 games behind Harrisburg for the wild card, but are now just two games behind Bowie with 12 games to play. Overall, the Aeros are 10.5 games behind division-leading Altoona.

 

Akron returns home Thursday for their last homestand of the year with a four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves. There will be an Alex White poster giveaway sponsored by Busson Digital for the first 2,000 fans through the gates of Canal Park. It is also Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank Drive Night sponsored by the Akron Plan, where fans can bring a canned food item to the game and receive a $5 ticket! It is also the last Thirsty Thursday of the year where dollar drafts and sodas are available through the end of the seventh inning. Appropriately enough, Alex White (7-7, 2.44 ERA) takes the hill for Akron against Erie’s Anthony Shawler (4-2, 4.63 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Thursday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. only at www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

 

Aerodynamics 08/25: Game #130

Game #130 Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Away Game #63 Prince George’s Stadium Bowie, MD

Akron Aeros (65-64) vs. Bowie Baysox (68-61)

Cleveland
Indians              
 Baltimore Orioles


Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • Akron broke a string of four
    games of scoring no runs or one run with Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the Baysox.
    The Aeros are 10-47 when scoring three runs or less.

 

Aerodynamics

  •  Part
    One…
    The first
    game ended up being a two-day pitchers’ duel as the only run of the ballgame
    came in Bowie’s sixth inning when Ryan Adams hit a home run over the left field
    fence. As a result, Chen-Chang Lee took the loss and fell to 5-4 despite giving
    up only two other hits and striking out five batters against one walk in 3.1
    innings of work. Brandon Cooney, now 3-2, earned the win after he pitched the
    sixth inning in relief with just one hit. Pedro Beato recorded his 16th
    save of the season. Both teams combined for eight hits with Akron tallying five
    and Bowie three.
  • The
    sequel…
    The
    Aeros finally broke out of their offensive slump in the third inning of game
    two. Shortstop Cristo Arnal and centerfielder Tim Fedroff both reached safely
    on separate fielding errors to start the rally. Second baseman Jason Kipnis
    followed with a single to right field scoring Arnal and sending Fedroff to
    third. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall capped the inning with a home run to
    left-center field to put Akron up 4-0. Bowie scored in the bottom of the third
    when Jonathan Tucker scored during Xavier Avery’s swipe of second base. Akron
    got the run back in the next inning when Arnal hit a solo home run to left
    field. Errors plagued the Baysox once again in the fifth as right fielder Jerad
    Head scored on a throwing error by Greg Miclat and made the score 6-1. Two
    Bowie runs were scored in the sixth on two-straight bases loaded walks to put
    the game at its 6-3 final.
  • Cruzin’…
    Left-handed
    starter Kelvin De La Cruz earned the win to improve to 5-6. The southpaw gave
    up one run on four hits with six strikeouts against two walks over five innings
    of work. Bowie starter Ryohei Tanaka took the loss to fall to 6-12 after five
    runs scored (one earned) on seven hits over four innings. Right-handed reliever
    Omar Aguilar then came in to get the final out of the sixth and retired the
    side in the seventh to record his sixth save.
  • Arnal
    night…
    With
    infielder Cristo Arnal’s home run Tuesday night, the Caracas, Venezuela native
    has now hit safely in 10 of his past 12 games. In his past 10 games, Arnal is
    10-32 for a .313 average with a double, triple, home run, four RBI, and eight
    runs.
  • Last
    stand…
    Akron
    enters tonight 3.5 games back of second-place Harrisburg for the wild card.
    Third-place Bowie is also ahead of the Aeros by three games. Tonight’s game
    against the Baysox is Akron’s last against either club this regular season.
  • Triple
    play promotion…
    Akron
    returns home Thursday for their last home stand of the year with a four-game
    series against the Erie SeaWolves. There will be an Alex White poster giveaway
    sponsored by Busson Digital for the first 2,000 fans through the gates of Canal
    Park. It is also Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank Drive Night sponsored by the
    Akron Plan where fans can bring a canned food item to the game and receive a $5
    ticket! It is also the last Thirsty Thursday of the year where dollar drafts
    and sodas are available through the end of the seventh inning.

Aeros Recap 08/24: Aeros Split with Sox

The Aeros remained competitive in the western division wild card race with a doubleheader split against the Baysox Tuesday night. Bowie won game one 1-0, which was originally started Monday. Akron bounced back with a 6-3 triumph in game two.  The Aeros are now 65-64 while the Baysox are 68-61.

 

The first game ended up being a two-day pitchers’ duel as the only run of the ballgame came in Bowie’s sixth inning when Ryan Adams hit a home run over the left field fence.

 

As a result, Chen-Chang Lee took the loss and fell to 5-4 despite giving up only two hits and striking out five batters against one walk in 3.1 innings of work. Brandon Cooney, now 3-2, earned the win after he pitched the sixth inning in relief with just one hit. Pedro Beato recorded his 16th save of the season. Both teams combined for eight hits

 

The Aeros finally broke out of their offensive slump in the fourth inning of game two. Shortstop Cristo Arnal and centerfielder Tim Fedroff both reached safely on separate fielding errors to start the rally. Second baseman Jason Kipnis followed with a single to right field scoring Arnal and sending Fedroff to third. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall capped the inning with a home run to left-center field to put Akron up 4-0.

 

Bowie scored in the bottom of the third when Jonathan Tucker scored during Xavier Avery’s swipe of second base. Akron would get the run back in the top of the fourth Arnal hit a solo home run to left field. Errors plagued the Baysox once again in the fifth as right fielder Jerad Head scored on a throwing error by Greg Miclat and made the score 6-1.

 

The Baysox made a comeback attempt in the sixth as two-straight bases loaded walks allowed Joseph Mahoney and Brandon Waring to score and cut the score to 6-3. Right-handed reliever Omar Aguilar then came in to get the final out of the sixth and retired the side in the seventh to record his sixth save.

 

Left-handed starter Kelvin De La Cruz earned the win to improve to 5-6. The southpaw gave up one run on four hits with six strikeouts against two walks over five innings of work. Bowie starter Ryohei Tanaka took the loss to fall to 6-12 after five runs scored (one earned) on seven hits over four innings.

                                                                                                                                                 

The Aeros are now 3.5 games behind Harrisburg for the Western Division wild card, but still have to catch up with Bowie, who is a half game behind the Senators. Akron has 13 games remaining in the season, but Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Baysox is their last against the two teams in front of them. Aeros staff ace Alex White (7-7, 2.44 ERA) hopes to continue Akron’s winning streak against Bowie’s Eddie Gamboa (6-4, 3.67 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Wednesday’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 08/24: Games #128 and #129

Games #128 & 129 Tuesday, August 24, 2010 6:05 P.M.
Away Games #61 & 62 Prince George’s Stadium Bowie, MD

Akron Aeros (64-63) vs. Bowie Baysox (67-60)

Cleveland
Indians               
 Baltimore Orioles

Aerodynamics


  • Time
    change…
    The
    Aeros acted as the home team in the first game Monday night that was a
    continuation from July 28th originally scheduled in Akron. The Baysox
    struck first with runs in the second and third to give themselves a 3-0 lead.
    Akron answered in the bottom of the third with a home run of by left fielder
    John Drennen. Akron cut the deficit in the fifth when first baseman Beau Mills
    scored after catcher Miguel Perez reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs.
    The Baysox extended its lead in the sixth with a run and hit a three-run home
    run in the seventh for the final 7-2 score. Southpaw Scott Barnes (6-9) took
    the loss while Rick Zagone (2-3) earned the win.

  • Two
    twin bills…
    Monday’s
    nightcap will resume at 6:05 p.m. with right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee
    (5-3, 3.47 ERA) starting the continuation. Carlos Rojas will be batting for
    Bowie with two outs and a 2-1 count with nobody on base. This will remain a
    seven inning game. The originally scheduled game on Tuesday is now shortened to
    seven innings.

  • Wild,
    wild west…
    Akron
    remains in the wild card race as Harrisburg lost last night 10-5 to the
    Portland Sea Dogs. The Baysox and Senators are now tied for second in the
    western division while the Aeros are still within striking distance at three
    games back.

Aeros Recap 08/23: Aeros Drop First 7-2 Before Rains Halt Second

Akron fell to Bowie 7-2 in the opening continuation game from July 28th, but rain played a factor once again in the Aeros’ plans as their nightcap with the Baysox was suspended in the bottom of the third inning. With the loss, Akron is now 64-63 while Bowie improves to 67-60.

 

The Aeros acted as the home team in the first game that was a continuation from July 28th originally scheduled in Akron. Because it was Bowie’s last scheduled trip to Akron, the game had to take place in Maryland.

 

The Baysox struck first in the top of the second when Steven Lerud scored on a sacrifice fly. One batter latter, Xavier Avery crossed home on a single by Greg Miclat. Bowie eventually pushed the score to 3-0 in the top of the third on a home run by Brandon Waring. Akron answered in the bottom half of the frame with a home run of its own on the bat of left fielder John Drennen.

 

The Aeros cut the deficit to one in the fifth when first baseman Beau Mills scored after catcher Miguel Perez reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs. It was the closest Akron would get as Bowie extended its lead when Avery scored again, this time on a sacrifice fly, in the sixth. One inning later, Baysox cleanup hitter Joseph Mahoney added a three-run home run for the final offense of the 7-2 game.

 

Left-handed starter Scott Barnes took the loss and dropped to 6-9 on the season. The Chicopee, Mass. native gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with two home runs, six strikeouts, and four walks on 6.1 innings of work. Rick Zagone earned the win for the physical hosts to improve to 2-3 after giving up one run on two hits with a home run and two strikeouts in three innings.

 

Game two started but did not get very far before weather halted play until Tuesday evening. Play was suspended in the bottom of the third with two outs and the score tied at 0-0. The game will resume at 6:05 p.m. with right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee (5-3, 3.47 ERA) starting the continuation. Southpaw Kelvin De La Cruz (4-6, 5.99 ERA) will start the originally scheduled game on Tuesday, which is now shortened to seven innings. Bowie’s starters have yet to be announced

 

The series remains very important to both teams as Bowie is tied with Harrisburg for the wild card spot. Akron is three games back and has an elimination number of 13. Join Ken Carman for Tuesday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:50 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 8/23/10: Games #104 and #128

Aerodynamics

  • Home away from home… The Aeros will play a rare
    doubleheader in which they will be the home team for the continuation opener and
    be the away team for the nightcap. Akron and Bowie originally started a game at
    Canal Park before weather postponed the game. Because it was the last time the
    Baysox were scheduled to visit Akron this season, the game has to be made up in
    Bowie. Action will resume Bowie batting in the top of the second with Brandon
    Waring on first with the game scoreless.


  • The Senate rules… Harrisburg completed a three-game
    series sweep of Akron yesterday with a pair of wins by counts of 6-1 (eight
    innings) and 2-1. Harrisburg scored first in game one in the third inning on an
    RBI double by Chris Marrero. Akron tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when
    third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in center fielder Jordan Henry from
    first. The game went extra innings, but the Sens scored five in the eighth to
    score the win. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone took the loss and four-time
    World Series champion Orlando Hernandez earned the win. In game two, Harrisburg
    jumped out 1-0 in the second frame when Devin Ivany hit in Chris Marrero on a
    groundout. Ivany also hit an RBI single in the fourth. Akron finally scored in
    the sixth when shortstop Carlos Rivero hit an RBI single and drove in right
    fielder Jerad Head, who reached on a walk and moved over on a ground out by
    first baseman Beau Mills. It was not enough, however, as the hosts left three
    on base in the inning and fell 2-1.

 

OF Jerad Head Named Aeros Player of the Week

Outfielder Jerad Head is the
winner of this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week award, the team announced
today. Head hit three home runs in the series against Bowie and added a fourth
in a continuation game preceding the official start of the series Tuesday
night.

 

The Topeka, KS native returned to
the Aeros from Class AAA Columbus on August 17 and promptly went 6-16 (.375),
with six runs, six RBI, three homers and three walks in six games. Through two
stints with Akron thus far in 2010, Head has hit .315 with 15 homers and 65 RBI
in 55 games.  

 

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. Akron catcher Juan Apodaca won the award last week.
This week, the separate Eastern League Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went
to Reading’s Tagg Bozied and Trenton’s Adam Warren, respectively.

 

Akron travels to Bowie Monday to play their second doubleheader in
a row and fourth in the last 20 days. The two teams will finish their suspended
game from July 28th before starting their originally scheduled three
game series. Join Ken Carman for Monday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:50
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.

Aeros Recap 08/22: Senators Sweep Aeros with Pair of Wins

The Aeros lost to the Harrisburg Senators Sunday afternoon by scores of
6-1 and 2-1 in front of 4,187 fans at Canal Park, resulting in a sweep
in a pivotal three-game series. Akron now falls to 64-62 while
Harrisburg improves to 67-59. With the sweep, the second-place Sens now
stand 3.5 games in front of fourth-place Akron in the tight Western
Division standings.

Harrisburg scored first in the third inning on
an RBI double by Chris Marrero that brought in Jesus Valdez. Akron tied
it up in the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall
doubled in center fielder Jordan Henry from first.

The Senators
took the advantage in a wild eighth when Jhonathan Solano hit a two-RBI
single to left that scored Edgardo Baez and Ofilio Castro. The
Harrisburg rally continued on triple by Steve Lombardozzi that brought
home Solano and Brad Coon. Lombardozzi then scored on Josh Johnson’s
single for the final 6-1 count.

Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone
took the loss in the opener giving up two runs on two hits while
striking out and walking two each. Four-time World Series champion
Orlando Hernandez earned his first victory with four strikeouts over 2.1
perfect innings of work.

In game two, the Sens jumped out 1-0 in
the second frame when Devin Ivany hit in Chris Marrero on a groundout.
Ivany added a second RBI in his next at bat in the fourth on a single
that scored Josh Johnson.

The Aeros finally scored in the sixth
when shortstop Carlos Rivero hit and RBI single and drove in right
fielder Jerad Head, who reached on a walk and moved over on a ground out
by first baseman Beau Mills. It was not enough, however, as the hosts
left three on base in the inning and fell 2-1.

Left handed starter
Matt Packer (0-2, 4.50 ERA) took the loss despite a decent outing,
giving up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk across
five innings. The Sens’ Rafael Martin earned the win in relief to
improve to 5-2. Cole Kimball recorded his seventh save and second of the
series.

Akron travels to Bowie tomorrow to play another
doubleheader beginning at 6:05 p.m. The two teams will finish their
suspended game from July 28th before starting their originally scheduled
three game series. Lefty Scott Barnes (6-8, 4.57 ERA) takes the hill in
game one for Akron; no other starters have been announced. Join Ken
Carman for Monday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:50 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at http://www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call
the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

 
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