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Aerodynamics 08/29: Game #134

Game #134 Sunday, August 29, 2010 1:35 P.M.
Home Game #71 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (69-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-74)

Cleveland
Indians              Detroit
Tigers

Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • The Aeros have won all 10 games
    against Erie at Canal Park this year and 19 straight at home dating back to May
    25, 2009. Over that stretch, Akron has outscored the SeaWolves 135-38.

 

Aerodynamics

  • Goose
    eggs recalled…
    The
    Aeros shutout Erie for the second time in this four-game series with a 9-0
    decision. The Aeros struck first when designated hitter Jerad Head hit in
    center fielder Jordan Henry on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in which the
    SeaWolves attempted to turn a double play in the first inning. Right fielder
    John Drennen eventually took advantage with an RBI-single to right field that
    scored second baseman Jason Kipnis. Head faced another bases-loaded opportunity
    in the second and he promptly delivered with a two-RBI double down the left
    field line that scored shortstop Cristo Arnal and Henry. First baseman Beau
    Mills followed with a two-RBI single that scored third baseman Lonnie
    Chisenhall and Head for a 6-0 lead. Head added his fourth RBI of the night in
    the fourth with a sacrifice fly that brought in Kipnis. The Aeros scored
    insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to cement the win.

  • EL
    Shutouts…
    Akron
    has shut out Erie three times this season, and is tied with Trenton with the
    most shutouts in the league with 12. The Aeros are 12-4 in shutout games this
    year while the Thunder holds a 12-5 record in shutout games.

  • Happy
    Birthday…
    Left-handed
    starter Matt Packer celebrated his 23rd birthday in style as he shut
    out the SeaWolves and struck out eight batters, the most he has had with the
    Aeros, through six innings of work. The Germantown, Tenn. earned his first
    Double-A win and improved to 1-2. Erie starter Jon Kibler (5-5) took the loss
    after he gave up seven runs on seven hits with six walks and two strikeouts in
    four innings.

  • Head scalps Erie… Outfielder Jerad Head continues to be successful against the
    SeaWolves as he recorded his 10th multi-RBI game of the season with
    the Aeros Saturday as he hit in four runners. It’s the second time the Topeka,
    Kan. native has batted in four runs this year. Head has the highest batting
    average (.425) and the most RBI (13) of any current Aeros player against Erie.

  • Duplicating Drennen… Outfielder John Drennen has went 2-4 with a double in each of the
    past four games. The San Diego native has hit in six RBI and scored three runs
    during that stretch.

  • Post-season
    setting up…
    Akron
    improved their playoff chances as they gained a game on current Western
    Division wild card leader Harrisburg with the Senators 2-1 loss to Trenton, as
    well as third-place Bowie as they fell 6-5 to New Britain. The Aeros are now
    2.5 games back of the wild card lead with nine games remaining. Altoona
    defeated Richmond Saturday night meaning they stay 10 games in front of Akron,
    thus eliminating them from winning the regular season division title. Trenton
    and New Hampshire both have clinched playoff spots in the east. If the Aeros
    win the wild card, they will play the Western Division champions on September 8
    and 9 before returning to Canal Park on Friday, Sept. 10. If necessary, Game 4
    will be in Akron on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Game 5 will be on the road on
    Sunday, Sept. 12.

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 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.

 

Recap 08/15: Aeros Complete Sweep with 7-0 Win

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros completed a three-game series sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats
with a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 3,359 fans at Canal Park. Akron
recorded another 11 hits in the contest highlighted by a two-run homer from
second baseman Jason Kipnis. With the victory, the Aeros now sport a 62-57
record and trail the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox by 1.5 games while New
Britain fell to 34-87

The
scoring began in the first inning as center fielder Jordan Henry led off with a
single to right. Kipnis followed with a two-run shot off the Miller Lite sign
in center field, and left fielder Tim Fedroff recorded another RBI with a
triple in the second.

In
the fourth inning, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall continued his impressive series
against New Britain with a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-0. The Aeros
added their final runs with one out in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly
from first baseman Beau Mills and a run-scoring single from right fielder John
Drennen.

Akron
starting pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2) delivered six shutout innings to earn his
first win in the Cleveland Indians organization. He allowed just six hits and
one walk while striking out four batters in his third start since joining the
team following a three-team trade that also that sent Jake Westbrook to St.
Louis. New Britain’s Bobby Lanigan (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs
on eight hits in five innings pitched and Aeros relievers Connor Graham and
Omar Aguilar provided three more shutout frames.

The
home run from Kipnis was his 9th in Double-A and he finished 2-for-2
at the plate with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Henry, Chisenhall and
Drennen all finished with a pair of hits as well and the Aeros finished with 48
hits in the three-game series.

Akron has an off day on Monday before traveling to Reading for a
doubleheader that includes the completion of a suspended game from July 25th
and an originally scheduled game that has been shortened to seven innings. They
will pick up action at 6:05 p.m. in the bottom of the fourth inning with the
scored tied 5-5. The pitchers in the opener have not been announced while Aeros
left-hander Matt Packer (0-0, 0.64 ERA) will start against R-Phils righty J.C.
Ramirez (3-3, 5.37 ERA) in the second game. Join Ken Carman for Tuesday night’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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 08/14: Aeros Collect 20 Hits, Win 12-2 Saturday

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros recorded a season-high 20 hits during their 12-2 triumph over the
New Britain Rock Cats Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,847 fans at Canal
Park. Akron scored early and often with nine runs through the first three
innings en route to a third straight victory, a second straight over the Rock
Cats. The game began after a 59-minute rain delay as the Aeros improved to
61-57 and New Britain dropped to 34-86.

Akron’s
scoring began quickly against Rock Cats starter Cole DeVries as third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall singled with two outs in the first. First baseman Beau Mills
followed with an RBI double and right fielder John Drennen extended the lead to
2-0 a single to right.

The
blowout continued in the second as catcher Juan Apodaca drew a one-out walk and
designated hitter Cristo Arnal singled. An error later scored Apodaca before
Chisenhall gave the Aeros a six-run advantage with a three-run home run to the
bullpen in right.

After
a strikeout began the third inning, Akron rallied with five consecutive singles
including RBI hits from center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason
Kipnis. Chisenhall followed again to extend the edge to 9-0 with a sacrifice
fly to center.

Henry
singled to start a fifth inning burst and Kipnis walked against reliever Mike
McCardell. Yet again, Chisenhall drove home the run with a single before New
Britain finally scored in the top of the sixth. Starter Alex White permitted a
sacrifice fly in that frame and reliever Bryan Price then allowed an RBI single
to Mark Dolenc in the seventh.

The
top of the Aeros order sparked the final scoring of the night against McCardell
in the seventh. Henry walked, pinch-hitter Justin Toole singled and another
error gave Akron an 11-2 lead. Mills then recorded an RBI with a groundout to
first to provide for the last run.

The
right-hander White (7-6) was solid on the mound in earning the win with six
efficient innings in his team-leading 11th quality start. He allowed
just one run on three hits with three strikeouts, recording a career-high 13
groundball outs. DeVries (1-5) took the loss in the spot-start, permitting nine
runs (five earned) on 11 hits in his three frames.

Every
Aeros batter recorded at least one hit in the game for the second straight game
against the Rock Cats. In fact, everyone but Kipnis and Toole finished with two
base hits in the game highlighted by a career performance from Chisenhall. He
finished 3-for-4 at the plate with his 15th home run and set a new personal
Double-A high with five RBI.

Akron’s
weeklong home ends Sunday against New Britain at 1:35 p.m. for a Family Fun Day
at Canal Park. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens sponsors
tomorrow’s Family Packs, a special offer of four tickets, four hot dogs, four
bags of chips and four soft drinks for only $48 while all kids can also run the
bases after the game.

The Aeros look for the sweep tomorrow with newcomer
Corey Kluber (0-2, 10.13 ERA) on the mound against New Britain’s Bobby Lanigan
(2-1, 3.95 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:20 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 #117: 08/13/10

GAME #117 ? FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #61 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (59-57) VS
. NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (34-84)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

Thursday Triumph… The Aeros prevented a three-game sweep at the hands of the Reading Phillies with a 3-2 walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth inning at Canal Park. Reading took the early 1-0 lead against Akron starter Scott Barnes on a solo home run by Tagg Bozied to begin the top of the second. A third inning two-out RBI single from Jason Kipnis tied the score and a double and two sacrifices against reliever Connor Graham gave the Phillies the lead again. The Aeros then rallied against closer Sergio Escalona in the ninth with a walk and an infield single from Kipnis before third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall tied the score with an RBI single to right. First baseman Beau Mills followed with a fielder’s choice to f
irst and Kipnis slid safely at home to end the game. Bryan Price (5-3) earned the win for the Aeros in relief and Escalona (2-7) blew the save in taking the loss. 

? Scott’s Storm… Thursday marked yet another quality start for the consistent left-hander Barnes at Canal Park. The 22-year-old St. John’s University product delivered six efficient innings against just two hits and a lone run with five strikeouts in taking a no-decision. It was his sixth quality start in his last eight outings and he now has a 5-3 record and a 3.19 ERA with 59 strikeouts against only 22 walks in his last 12 games since June 9th. Cleveland acquired Barnes in a July 2009 trade from the San Francisco Giants for Ryan Garko and he was the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 4 of last year’s Eastern League Championship Series. 
? Easy Money… Price pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday night against Reading to improve upon his impressive 2010 Akron statistics. He lowered his ERA to 0.60 in 16 Canal Park games, recording 28 strikeouts with only four walks in 30.0 innings. Price will turn 24 years old in the coming off-season and was acquired in last year’s Victor Martinez from the Boston Red Sox. 
? Jason Lives… The second baseman Kipnis led the Aeros offense again in the series-ending victory Thursday. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the June 2009 Draft finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, a run scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to six games. The performance was his 20th multi-hit game in just 53 outings in Double-A after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston on June 10th. In his first full season of professional baseball, the product of Arizona State University has a .317 batting average in 107 combined games with 27 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs, 76 runs scored, 60 RBI and an impressive .905 OPS. 
? Boom and Bling… Tonight begins Akron’s three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Fireworks will follow Friday’s game sponsored by the Wing Warehouse at Canal Park and on Saturday, the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a special replica of the 2009 Akron Aeros EL Championship ring from Distillata Water. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Thursday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over the Reading Phillies was Akron’s fifth win this season when trailing after eight innings, the most such victories in all of Double-A baseball in 2010.

Recap 08/12: Aeros Rally in Ninth, Defeat Reading 3-2

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros walked off with a 3-2 victory over the Reading Phillies Thursday
night, utilizing a two-run ninth inning to end another losing streak. First
baseman Beau Mills finished the comeback with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to
help Akron avoid the three-game series sweep in front of 2,125 Thirsty Thursday
fans at Canal Park. With the win, the fourth-place Aeros improved to 59-57
while the R-Phils fell to 57-59 this season.

Reading
struck first against Akron starting pitcher Scott Barnes in the top of the
second inning. Designated hitter Tagg Bozied began the frame with a towering
home run next to the Miller Lite sign in dead center field, giving the Phillies
a quick 1-0 lead.

The
hosts responded in the next frame against Reading’s Austin Hyatt who was making
his Double-A debut. New catcher Juan Apodaca walked with one out, center
fielder Jordan Henry also drew a free pass two batters later after Hyatt’s fourth
strikeout. Kipnis followed and tied the score with a clutch two-out RBI single
to right field.

Barnes
cruised through the remainder of his six innings pitched before the R-Phils
rallied against reliever Connor Graham in the seventh. Cody Overbeck hit a
leadoff double to right and scored after a pair of sacrifices to give the visitors
the one-run advantage again.

Trailing
and on the verge of yet another loss, the Aeros concluded their comeback
victory in the dramatic bottom of the ninth inning. Closer Sergio Escalona walked
Henry with one out and Kipnis recorded an infield single off the glove of first
baseman Kevin Nelson. Chisenhall followed with an RBI seeing-eye single to
right and Kipnis safely slid under the throw to the plate to end the contest on
the grounder to first base by Mills.

Akron’s
Bryan Price (5-3) earned the victory with a perfect top of the ninth inning and
Escalona (2-7) blew his sixth save of the season in taking the loss. Barnes
recorded his sixth quality start in eight outings despite the no-decision,
permitting just two hits in his six innings pitched. The left-hander struck out
five batters against three walks and the lone run on Bozied’s homer as he now
has a 3.19 ERA in his past 12 games since June 9th.

Kipnis
led the Aeros offense in finishing 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, a run
scored and an RBI to increase his batting average to .332 in Double-A. The home
team rallied to score twice in the ninth after entering the game with a .138
(5-for-58) average with runners in scoring position in their previous eight
contests.

The
best fireworks spectacular in Ohio returns to Canal Park Friday at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros start a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats. The Wing
Warehouse sponsors this week’s fireworks, one of only three remaining shows
this season.

Akron
left-hander Kelvin De la Cruz (4-6, 4.54 ERA) will start in the contest against
Deolis Guerra (2-8, 5.78 ERA) of the last-place Rock Cats of the Eastern
Division. Join Jim Clark for Friday night’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.

Recap 08/07: Chisenhall Homers Twice, Aeros Win 10-6

NEW
BRITAIN, CT – The Aeros defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 10-6 in a slugfest
Saturday night, jumping back to their winning ways the night after snapping a season-high
six-game losing streak.  Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall homered twice in the final three innings as Akron overcame a
rough Double-A debut from left-hander T.J. McFarland in front of 6,489 fans at
New Britain Stadium. With the win, the Aeros (58-54) are now 3.5 games behind
the Western Division wild card and the Rock Cats fell to 33-81.

Akron
started with a bang in the top of the second against New Britain starting
pitcher Deolis Guerra. First baseman Beau Mills led off the second with a
double and shortstop Carlos Rivero created an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI
single to right field.

The
lead did not last long as the Rock Cats responded against McFarland in the bottom
half of the frame. Erik Lis smashed a two-run homer to right field while a
double-steal, double-error play plated two more to create a three-run deficit
for the Aeros.

New
catcher Juan Apodaca promptly led another rally in the top of the third with a
single before back-to-back singles from left fielder Cristo Arnal and center
fielder Jordan Henry loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Apodaca and Akron
reclaimed a 6-4 lead on two-run singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and
right fielder John Drennen.

New
Britain tied the game in the bottom of that frame on four singles and a
run-scoring walk but the visitors re-claimed the edge for good in the fourth.
Designated hitter Tim Fedroff started with a double and later scored on Guerra’s
third wild pitch of the game.

Reliever
Steven Wright led the charge for the Aeros bullpen after that inning and
Chisenhall helped the team add to the lead in the seventh. He homered to
left-center with one-out in the frame before Drennen recorded another RBI
double, and in the ninth, Chisenhall provided for the final margin on yet
another blast to right with a full count.

Wright
(1-1) earned the victory by recording a pair of shutout innings of relief with
three strikeouts and a lone walk. Guerra (2-8) struggled mightily in taking the
loss, permitting seven runs on nine hits in just four innings pitched.
McFarland allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five
strikeouts in four frames after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston
earlier in the day. Akron’s bullpen followed with five innings of one-hit
shutout baseball led by performances from Wright and Bryan Price.

Chisenhall
finished 3-for-5 on the night with his two homers and three runs scored, now
ranking second on the team with 14 home runs this year. Mills, Fedroff, Apodaca
and Drennen each collected two hits as well and the latter delivered a
game-high three RBI.

The
Aeros conclude their weeklong road trip Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium
with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch time in the series finale against the Rock Cats. Akron
ace right-hander Alex White (6-5, 1.84 ERA) hopes to complete the three-game sweep
against New Britain’s Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.61 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:35 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #109: 08/04/10

GAME #109 ? WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 ? 7:00 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #52 ? BLAIR COUNTY BALLPARK ? ALTOONA, PA

AKRON AEROS (56-52) AT READING PHILLIES (63-46)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Twin Killing… The first-place Altoona Curve swept a doubleheader with the Aeros Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark, earning a 4-3 victory in the opener followed by a 3-2 win in 10 innings in the nightcap. A two-run triple by Jason Kipnis gabe Akron an early 3-1 lead in the first game heading into a chaotic fourth inning. Starter Alex White (6-5) took the loss as he surrendered four hits in the frame, including a pair of RBI singles with two outs to provide for the final margin. Altoona lefty Justin Wilson (9-6) earned the victory while Michael Dubee recorded his second save. In the second contest, left-hander Matt Packer limited the Curve attack through seven innings in his Akron debut but reliever Bryan Price (4-3) permitted the walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Altoona reliever Dustin Molleken (4-4) picked up the win with a perfect top half of that inning. 

? Black and Blue… Tuesday’s opener was a rare struggle for Akron’s ace as he allowed four runs on seven hits with only two strikeouts in five frames. The four earned runs were the most by an Eastern League opponent against White in 14 outings so far this season and he had permitted just five earned runs in his last seven games spanning 43.2 innings pitched (1.03 ERA). 
? The Cavalier… Packer made an impression Tuesday as he nearly battled his way toward an Aeros victory. He earned the promotion from Class A Lake County earlier in the day and gave up just two runs (one earned) in seven innings last night. The product of the University of Virginia also recorded six strikeouts against one walk in the game, continuing his phenomenal 2010 season. Combined between the Captains of the Midwest League and the Aeros, the 22-year-old Packer now leads all of full-season minor league baseball with a 1.58 ERA in 102.2 innings pitched and has 98 strikeouts against just 14 walks as well. 
? Second Half Surprise… The best offensive player for Akron Tuesday was the second baseman Jason Kipnis, who finished 4-for-7 in the two games to continue his recent hot streak. The 23-year-old converted outfielder is batting .420 (29-for-69) with 18 runs scored in only 17 contests since the EL All-Star Break. He now ranks third in the Indians system with a .316 batting average combined this season and Cleveland selected Kipnis in the second round of the June 2009 Draft out of Arizona State University. 
? Beau Knows Best… First baseman Beau Mills is another impressive hitter of late and he doubled home the only Aeros RBI in the second game Tuesday. He returned from an intercostral strain on June 29th and since, has a .307 (35-for-114) batting average with five home runs and 25 RBI in 30 games. He was a first-round (13th overall) selection by the Indians in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Montero’s Moment… After 17 plate appearances, Aeros left fielder Lucas Montero collected his first career Double-A hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s finale. He is now batting .063 (1-for-16) since his promotion from Class A Kinston last week. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Despite an Eastern league-leading 36-22 record since May 31st, the Akron Aeros still rank last in the EL with a 1-6 record in extra innings and a 1-5 record in doubleheaders this season.

Recap 08/03: Altoona Sweeps Tuesday Twin Bill with Aeros

ALTOONA,
PA – The first-place Altoona Curve defeated the Aeros twice Tuesday evening,
earning a 4-3 victory in Game 1 followed by a 3-2 victory in the 10th
inning in the finale.  Akron ace Alex
White took the loss in the opener in front of 4,542 fans at Blair County
Ballpark while a quality start from lefty Matt Packer in his Akron debut was
not enough in the extra-inning finale. Akron (56-52) has now lost four straight
and moved into a fourth place tie in the Western Division with Harrisburg as Altoona
improved to 63-46.

Altoona
started the scoring in the bottom of the first against White in the opener. An
RBI single by Andrew Lambo preceded an Aeros outburst against Curve lefty
Justin Wilson in the second. Four hits, highlighted by back-to-back two-out
hits from center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis, gave the
visitors an early 3-1 lead.

The
lead did not last long as the Curve responded in the bottom of the fourth
inning with two outs and runners on first and third base. Yung-Chi Chen later
delivered a two-run single and Chase d’Arnaud provided the game-winner on a
base hit to right-center.

Wilson
(9-6) retired the final 10 batters he faced through his six innings pitched,
earning the crucial win while recovering from the rough second inning. White
(6-5) allowed four earned runs for the first time in 14 Double-A outings,
permitting seven hits in five frames. Michael Dubee recorded his second save of
the year with a perfect seventh inning.

In
the nightcap, Packer and Altoona starter Jared Hughes battled through the first
two frames before Akron began the scoring in the third. Shortstop Cristo Arnal
singled to begin the frame, stole both second and third and then scored on an
error by Josh Harrison. The Curve tied the score at 1-1 on a run-scoring
fielder’s choice in the bottom of that inning.

The
Aeros used a small ball attack again in the fourth when Kipnis initiated the
brief rally with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on a
Lonnie Chisenhall fly out and then scored on a sacrifice fly from first baseman
Beau Mills. The lead stood until the bottom of the sixth when Harrison plated Chen
with a clutch single to right-center.

The
game advanced to extra innings where both bullpens maintained the dramatic tie
until the bottom of the 10th. Chen continued his impressive evening
with a single to left, moved to second on a controversial balk and scored on d’Arnaud’s
walk-off base hit to right.

Dustin
Molleken (4-4) earned the win for the Curve with by allowing a lone single in
the top of the final frame. Reliever Bryan Price (4-3) took the loss in his 2.1
innings, permitting three hits and three walks overall. Packer was dominant
after receiving the promotion from Class A Lake County earlier in the day,
limiting the powerful Altoona offense to just two runs (one earned) on six hits
with six strikeouts in seven efficient innings pitched.

Kipnis
starred offensively in the two games for the Aeros, finishing 4-for-7 with a
triple, a run scored and two RBI. Henry extended his hitting streak to 10 games
with two singles while the team finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring
position in the night’s second loss.

This
four-game series continues Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Blair County
Ballpark between the Aeros and the Curve. Akron has yet to officially announce
a starting pitcher to face off against Altoona’s Rudy Owens (8-6, 2.92 ERA). Join
Ken Carman for Wednesday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For
more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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