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Recap 07/29: Aeros Rally, Walk Off in 6-5 Win over Reading

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros tied the score in the eighth inning before winning in the ninth,
defeating the visiting Reading Phillies 6-5 in front of a rowdy Canal Park
crowd Thursday night. Catcher Miguel Perez scored first baseman Beau Mills with
the walk-off sacrifice fly to left field, providing the dramatic victory for
Akron’s 3,838 Thirsty Thursday fans. The win improved the third-place Aeros to
55-48 this season, only 4.5 games behind the division-leading Altoona Curve,
while the Phillies fell to 51-52 with the loss.

Cleveland
Indians closer Kerry Wood started the game on his rehab assignment, quickly
retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the first inning. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then provided a one-out RBI triple in the bottom half
of the inning to plate center fielder Jordan Henry and give Akron an early 1-0
advantage.

The
Phillies responded with four unearned runs against usual Aeros starting pitcher
Alex White in the second. A throwing error by shortstop Carlos Rivero scored
the first run, an RBI bunt single and a two-run triple presented a three-run
deficit for the host team.

Reading’s
lead was short-lived as second baseman Jason Kipnis lined a two-run triple to
right in the fourth inning and Chisenhall followed with a groundout to tie the
score at 4-4.

Flande
and White battled in the ensuing frames while the latter permitted the visiting
team to retake the lead in the seventh. Harold Garcia collected an RBI single
to right but reliever Nick Hagadone escaped a bases loaded jam to prevent any
further damage.

The
comeback then began the in the eighth inning as Perez again started with a
single. Newcomer Lucas Montero drew a walk, Henry laid down a sacrifice bunt
and Kipnis walked before Chisenhall tied the game with a clutch sacrifice fly
to center.

Mills
initiated the final rally in the ninth against reliever James Anderson with a
leadoff double and advanced to third on a Rivero groundout. Anderson
intentionally walked John Drennen to face Perez, who ended the game with his
sac fly before the Akron bench mobbed him near home plate to celebrate the
series-opening victory.

Closer
Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the victory for the Aeros with a perfect ninth
inning, striking out one batter. Anderson (0-3) took the loss in allowing the
deciding tally while fellow Reading reliever Matt German blew the save in the
eighth. Wood threw only eight pitches in his rehab outing and White followed
with 5.1 innings pitched, permitting five runs (one earned) on seven hits with
a career-high eight strikeouts.

Chisenhall
led the Akron offense as he finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and one of three
combined triples tonight. Mills and Perez each had two hits and Montero was
0-for-2 but drew a pair of walks after earning the promotion from Class A
Kinston earlier in the day.

This
four-game series continues tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. with a Friday Fireworks
spectacular and Kids Cancer Survivors Celebration Night at Canal Park. Lefty
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will start for the surging Aeros against
Reading’s Ty Taubenheim (3-1, 5.14 ERA). Friday’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
Aeros 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.

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.

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 #96: 07/20/10

GAME #96 ? TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #50 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (50-45) vs. ALTOONA CURVE (57-37) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? High Five… The Aeros stayed hot Monday on “Ship out LeBron James” night at Canal Park, winning their fifth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the first-place Altoona Curve. Three solo home runs provided the difference and Akron’s Matt McBride provided the first run of the contest with an RBI single in the first inning. McBride then began the home run mania with a solo shot to start the fourth inning and the Curve scored their lone on an Alex White wild pitch in the fifth. Rehabbing Cleveland Indians star Asdrubal Cabrera then delivered his first home run with Akron in the fifth and Jerad Head hit the third straight leadoff homer to cap the victory in the bottom of the sixth inning. White (5-4) was dominant again in earning the win, Altoona lefty Rudy Owens (8-4) went five innings in the loss and new closer Omar Aguilar recorded his fifth save of the season. 

? Tar Heel Thunder… Ever since arriving from Class A Kinston on June 1st, White has been Akron’s most consistent starter and proved it again Monday. He limited the Curve offense to one run on six hits and no walks, striking out seven in seven innings for his fifth consecutive quality start. Cleveland’s first-round selection (15th overall) in the June 2009 Draft out of the University of North Carolina, the 21-year-old right-hander has actually been among the best full-season minor league pitchers in baseball this year. His combined 2.09 ERA now ranks ninth in MiLB as does his .196 batting average against in 110.0 innings pitched. 
? Louisville Slugger… Another red-hot Akron Aero is right fielder Matt McBride, who finished a triple away from the cycle in Monday night’s victory over the Altoona Curve. The first baseman/corner outfielder has been on a power surge recently, ranking second in all of minor league baseball with 11 home runs since June 28th. Over this sudden 19-game stretch, the 25-year-old is batting .370 (27-for-73) with an additional nine walks, six doubles, 17 runs scored, 24 RBI and a .918 slugging percentage. In 87 games played this year in Double-A, McBride also leads the team in hits (93), doubles (21), home runs (15) and RBI (56). 
? It’s Tribe Time… Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera completed his rehab assignment with the Aeros today and was activated by the Cleveland Indians. In four games in Double-A, the 24-year-old Venezuela native batted .357 (5-for-14) with his solo home run last night and three walks while recovering from a fractured left forearm. Also remaining on the Aeros roster is right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is recovering from a right thumb sprain and is expected to remain in Akron for the rest of this series. 
? Second Base Star… Jason Kipnis had yet another productive evening at the plate Monday in finishing 3-for-3 at the plate after being awarded earlier in the day as the Akron Aeros Player of the Week. The converted second baseman out of Arizona State University is now batting .650 (13-for-20) in five games since the EL All-Star Break with four doubles and six runs scored. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros now are an Eastern League-leading 30-15 since May 31st, catching up 5.5 games over first-place Altoona (24-20) and jumping 13 games over then-second Richmond (17-28)

Recap 07/19: Akron Homers Thrice in 4-1 Win over Altoona

AKRON,
OH – The Akron Aeros slugged three solo home runs Monday night in a crucial 4-1
victory over the first-place Altoona Curve at Canal Park. Rehabbing Cleveland
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, red-hot right fielder Matt McBride and left
fielder Jerad Head all homered as Akron won for the fifth straight game. Aeros
right-handed starter Alex White also earned the victory with yet another
quality start in front of a crowd of 3,797 fans on “Ship out LeBron James”
night. The win improved Akron (50-45) to a season-high five games over .500 for
the year while the Curve fell to 57-37.

The
scoring began in the first against dominant Altoona lefty Rudy Owens. The
starter allowed a one-out single to second baseman Jason Kipnis before a
fielder’s choice and a base hit from another rehabbing Cleveland star in
designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo. McBride then delivered the RBI on a single to
left, giving the Aeros a quick 1-0 lead.

Akron’s
home run brigade began in the bottom of the fourth against Owens as McBride led
off the inning. He promptly smashed the second pitch into the canal in left
field, increasing the advantage to two runs with his team-leading 15th
homer.

The
Curve finally responded against White to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the top of
the fifth inning. Right fielder Miles Durham singled to left with two outs and Anthony
Norman’s single placed runners on first and third base. White followed by
sailing a pitch over catcher Damaso Espino, moving up both runners and
tightening up the game.

Cabrera
then began the bottom half of that inning with a solo blast against Owens, his
first homer in seven games during his minor league rehab assignment. Leading
off the sixth against new reliever Michael Dubee, Head cemented the lead with
his second home run in as many nights to provide for the final margin of the
game.

White
(5-4) earned the win by striking out seven over seven innings of one-run
baseball, scattering six hits against no walks. He became the first Aero to
record five consecutive quality starts this season and now has a 1.50 ERA in 11
Double-A starts. Owens (8-4) took the loss in his five innings while Connor
Graham earned his seventh hold and newly annointed closer Omar Aguilar recorded
his fifth save of the year with a perfect ninth.

Kipnis,
the reigning Akron Aeros Player of the Week, led the offensive charge in
finishing 3-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. Cabrera went 2-for-4 with
his homer while Choo was 1-for-3 before pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero entered the
game in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile,
the Aeros collected over 200 items of LeBron James apparel on the night for
donation to a charitable cause. Fans redeemed 157 free tickets in the special
promotion with all of the donated clothing heading on an upcoming mission trip
by the Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church to the Caribbean or
South America.

This
pivotal three-game series continues Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park.
Fans can enjoy another Two for Tuesday in downtown Akron with special offers on
hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream while also utilizing a KRAFT
Singles buy one ticket, get one free special. Aeros lefty Kelvin De La Cruz
(2-5, 5.28 ERA) aims for a second straight victory against Altoona’s Jared
Hughes (10-6, 4.46 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 team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #90: 07/12/10

GAME #90 ? MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #46 ? JERRY UHT PARK ? ERIE, PA 

AKRON AEROS (45-44) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (36-54) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS


AERODYNAMICS… 

? Sunday Sadness… The Erie SeaWolves snapped Akron’s four-game winning streak Sunday afternoon at Jerry Uht Park, striking for four runs in the eighth inning in their 5-1 victory. Aeros lefty Scott Barnes and SeaWolves starter Charles Furbush engaged in a dominant pitcher’s duel for the first seven innings of the contest. Erie scored first in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly and Akron first baseman Beau Mills recorded the team’s first hit on a single in the fifth. The visitors rallied in the next inning as third baseman Cristo Arnal scored Tim Fedroff with a sacrifice fly to center field. Reliever Connor Graham entered the game in relief in the eighth but a crucial Mills error led to four unearned runs and the deciding margin of the contest. Erie reliever Zach Simons (2-3) earned the win while Graham (2-5) took the loss by allowing three hits, two walks and only recording two outs. 
? Red-Hot Storm… Barnes recorded his third straight quality start Sunday, limiting the Wolves to just a single run on four hits over seven efficient innings. The Akron left-hander struck out four batters as well but did not factor into the decision as he left the game with the score tied at 1-1 through seven. A former St. John’s Red Storm athlete, he leads the Aeros this year with 17 starts, 81 strikeouts and 85.0 innings pitched. He is now 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings over his three starts in the month of July, striking out 12 batters against only 14 hits and four walks. The 22-year-old still leads Eastern League starting pitchers with 8.58 strikeouts per nine innings pitched this season and the Indians acquired him from the San Francisco Giants in a trade last July. 
? Newsweek… The Aeros announced today that right-handed starting pitcher Alex White is the recipient of the most-recent Akron Aeros Player of the Week award. He was 1-0 with
a 0.75 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched over two starts last week, including six scoreless innings against Erie on Saturday. The 21-year-old is the first Akron pitcher to win the award in four weeks this season. 
? Futurama… Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall participated in Sunday night’s MLB XM All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, CA. The 21-year-old entered the game in the top of the sixth inning as a defensive replacement and finished the contest 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI groundout. Chisenhall was Cleveland’s first-round (29th overall) selection in the June 2008 Draft out of Pitt Junior College in Winterville, NC and he was the 14th Aero selected to the event over the its 12-year history. 
? A Tale of Two Halves… Tonight’s contest marks the final game of a back-and-forth first half of the regular season for the Aeros. After losing to the first-place Altoona Curve at Canal Park on May 26th, the team held an 18-28 (.391 pct) record. Since that point in time however, Akron leads the Eastern League with a 27-16 (.628 pct) record, two games ahead of both Altoona and the Binghamton Mets. Akron’s pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA over these 43 games and the team is out-scoring opponents 207 to 177. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Akron left fielder Tim Fedroff doubled Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games since June 29th, and he is batting .432 (19-for-44) with seven runs scored during the streak.

Alex White Wins Akron Aeros Player of the Week

AKRON,
OH – The Akron Aeros named starting pitcher Alex White the team’s Player of the
Week today after excelling again with two more starts in the Eastern League.
The award covers the week of July 5th through July 11th
where the Aeros played seven games against the Trenton Thunder and the Erie
SeaWolves. White started in Akron’s victories Monday night and Saturday night,
leading the way with another string of quality starts.

The
right-hander finished the week with a 1-0 record and a 0.75 ERA in 12.0 innings
pitched. He recorded eight strikeouts against only seven hits and two walks,
continuing his consistent streak of Double-A pitching. In his outing Monday at
Canal Park against the Thunder, White tied a career-high with 12 groundball
outs but did not factor into the decision as the Aeros struck for seven runs in
the deciding seventh inning. He then held the SeaWolves scoreless through six
innings Saturday night, earning the easy victory.

Over
the course of his 10 starts for Akron this year, the 21-year-old has easily emerged
as the leader of the starting rotation. He is now 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 59.0
innings pitched, holding Eastern league opponents to a .190 batting average
against with a team-leading eight quality starts. He has permitted 22 runs
total while only allowing 10 earned runs and has an even more impressive 0.74
ERA over his past four appearances.

White
began the 2010 season with the Class A Kinston Indians in the Carolina League,
his first taste of professional baseball. In his eight starts with the K-Tribe,
he finished 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 44.0 innings pitched. He
recorded quality starts in each of his final four starts before earning the
promotion to Akron on May 23rd. Cleveland selected White in the
first round (15th overall) of the June 2009 Draft after a very
successful three seasons at 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. He was named the ninth best in the Indians system before the
year as well as the #65 prospect in all of the minor leagues. In a recent
update, White jumped all the way up to #47 according to the esteemed publication.

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 morning. Akron outfielder/first baseman
Matt McBride won the award last week as well as the Eastern League Player of
the Week. This week, the separate EL Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went to
Binghamton’s Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Reading’s Vince Worley, respectively.

The first half of the Eastern League regular season concludes this
evening as Akron finishes a four-game road trip in Erie. The Aeros hope to keep
pace in the Western Division playoff race Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. first
pitch at Jerry Uht Park. Akron left-hander Eric Berger (4-4, 4.74 ERA) will
make the start in the series finale against SeaWolves starter Thad Weber (5-9,
4.05 ERA). Join 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS— 

Aerodynamics Game #89: 07/11/10

GAME #89 ? SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010 ? 1:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #45 ? JERRY UHT PARK ? ERIE, PA 

AKRON AEROS (45-43) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (36-53) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Showdown… The Aeros stayed hot Saturday night with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park. A crowd of 4,546 fans in Erie witnessed the performance by the dominant Akron pitching staff while the offense provided just enough run support in the end. Catcher Miguel Perez reached base on an error to begin the third and three batters later, second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled for the game’s first RBI. Left fielder John Drennen followed with another run-scoring single and first baseman Matt McBride then homered to start the sixth inning. After a walk and a hit by pitch, third baseman Cristo Arnal ended the scoring with a single to center field, securing the 4-0 margin. Starter Alex White (4-4) was dominant again for the Aeros as he held the SeaWolves scoreless through the first six innings of the contest and Erie starter Duane Below (3-8) took the loss. 

? Quality Control… White has been starring in the Akron starting rotation ever since his promotion from Class A Kinston on May 23rd and he proved it again Saturday night in Erie. He struck out seven batters while allowing just four hits and a walk, recording his fourth straight quality start and 12th quality start in his past 16 outings overall. The 21-year-old now has a 1.53 ERA in 10 his starts in Double-A with a .190 batting average against, and has been even better over his past four outings. He has allowed just two earned runs on 19 hits over 24.1 innings pitched since June 25th, striking out 15 against three walks. White also drew a pair of walks and scored a run offensively Saturday as an odd lineup mistake forced the pitcher to bat and lose the designated hitter. 
? Sun Devil Pride… Another young pleasant surprise for the Aeros this year has been Kipnis, who doubled twice in Saturday’s victory over the SeaWolves. He is now batting .298 with 21 runs scored and a .381 on-base percentage in 28 games played in Double-A, continuing the same type of offensive production he had with Class A Kinston before his promotion on June 10th. The Arizona State University product was a second-round selection by the Indians in the June 2009 Draft. 
? Joyous July… Much like in June, Akron has been one of the most Eastern League successful teams in the early part of July. The Aeros are now 7-3 this month and are out-scoring their opponents by a tally of 59 runs scored to only 26 allowed. The pitching staff has been the main surprise, posting a 2.07 ERA in July with a .193 batting average against in 91.1 innings pitched. A total of 14 Akron pitchers have combined to strike out 93 batters against a very impressive 1.09 WHIP so far this month. 
? Streak for the Cash… Akron’s offense has been hot over this four-game winning streak and features several notable current feats. Center fielder Tim Fedroff extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with a single Saturday night while McBride’s home run helped him to reach base safely on the road again, a stretch lasting all 39 games away from Canal Park this year.

 

AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
Saturday night’s 4-0 victory at Jerry Uht Park in Erie was Akron’s seventh shutout of the season, second in the Eastern League, and the team now ranks sixth with a 4.17 ERA.
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