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Recap 07/22: R-Phils Snap Akron’s Streak, Defeat Aeros 4-1

READING,
PA – The Reading Phillies ended a seven-game winning streak for the Aeros
Thursday night, defeating Akron 4-1 in front of a home crowd of 8,319 fans at
First Energy Stadium. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor went eight efficient innings
for Reading as his team led throughout the contest thanks to a first inning run
against Aeros starter Nick Hagadone. Despite the loss, Akron (52-46) remains
only a half-game behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division while the
Phillies improved to 48-49 this season.

Reading
second baseman Harold Garcia recorded the early blow with one out in the first
against Hagadone. On a 2-1 pitch, he homered for the first time this season,
giving the Phillies a very quick 1-0 lead that they would preserve for the rest
of the night.

The
lefty Hagadone, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, left
after three innings in favor of usual Aeros starter Eric Berger due to a
limited pitch count. Berger then promptly allowed the game’s second one-out
homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, yet again to left field and this time
by Reading third baseman Kevin Mahar.

Akron
finally pounced on Naylor in the fifth, as shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a
leadoff double for the first hit in a span of 13 batters. Rivero then advanced
to third base on a groundout by catcher Miguel Perez and scored immediately
after on an RBI single to left by second baseman Cristo Arnal. The run cut the
deficit to 2-1, but the Phillies responded yet again.

Leadoff
center fielder Michael Spidale doubled with two outs in the bottom of that fifth
and Mahar collected his second RBI on a single to right. Reading scored their
final run of the night in the seventh on a Spidale single before eventually
stranding the bases loaded.

Naylor
(9-7) was dominant in earning the victory, allowing multiple base runners in
only the fifth inning. He became one of five Eastern League pitchers to win
nine games this season and recorded five strikeouts against four hits, two
walks and the lone run of the game. Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss
in seven games, permitting just one run in three innings before Berger gave up
three more (two earned) in his three frames. Reading closer Justin De Fratus
then picked up his first save with a shutout ninth.

Arnal
was the only Aero to reach base multiple times overall as he finished 1-for-2
with a walk and the game’s only RBI. First baseman Matt McBride doubled to
extend his road on-base streak to 42 consecutive games while red-hot second
baseman Jason Kipnis earned the night off after hitting safely in the first
seven games after the EL All-Star Break.

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/22: R-Phils Snap Akrons Streak, Defeat Aeros 4-1

READING,
PA – The Reading Phillies ended a seven-game winning streak for the Aeros
Thursday night, defeating Akron 4-1 in front of a home crowd of 8,319 fans at
First Energy Stadium. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor went eight efficient innings
for Reading as his team led throughout the contest thanks to a first inning run
against Aeros starter Nick Hagadone. Despite the loss, Akron (52-46) remains
only a half-game behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division while the
Phillies improved to 48-49 this season.

Reading
second baseman Harold Garcia recorded the early blow with one out in the first
against Hagadone. On a 2-1 pitch, he homered for the first time this season,
giving the Phillies a very quick 1-0 lead that they would preserve for the rest
of the night.

The
lefty Hagadone, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, left
after three innings in favor of usual Aeros starter Eric Berger due to a
limited pitch count. Berger then promptly allowed the game’s second one-out
homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, yet again to left field and this time
by Reading third baseman Kevin Mahar.

Akron
finally pounced on Naylor in the fifth, as shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a
leadoff double for the first hit in a span of 13 batters. Rivero then advanced
to third base on a groundout by catcher Miguel Perez and scored immediately
after on an RBI single to left by second baseman Cristo Arnal. The run cut the
deficit to 2-1, but the Phillies responded yet again.

Leadoff
center fielder Michael Spidale doubled with two outs in the bottom of that fifth
and Mahar collected his second RBI on a single to right. Reading scored their
final run of the night in the seventh on a Spidale single before eventually
stranding the bases loaded.

Naylor
(9-7) was dominant in earning the victory, allowing multiple base runners in
only the fifth inning. He became one of five Eastern League pitchers to win
nine games this season and recorded five strikeouts against four hits, two
walks and the lone run of the game. Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss
in seven games, permitting just one run in three innings before Berger gave up
three more (two earned) in his three frames. Reading closer Justin De Fratus
then picked up his first save with a shutout ninth.

Arnal
was the only Aero to reach base multiple times overall as he finished 1-for-2
with a walk and the game’s only RBI. First baseman Matt McBride doubled to
extend his road on-base streak to 42 consecutive games while red-hot second
baseman Jason Kipnis earned the night off after hitting safely in the first
seven games after the EL All-Star Break.

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/20: Kipnis Leads Aeros Sluggers to 10-3 Victory

AKRON,
OH – Second baseman Jason Kipnis homered twice Tuesday night as the Aeros
improved to a perfect 6-0 since the All-Star Break with a 10-3 win over the
Altoona Curve. Kipnis starred while three other Akron players also hit home
runs against Altoona starter Jared Hughes. It was yet another blowout at Canal
Park in front of 2,602 fans and a 22-minute rain delay preceded a massive
three-homer, seven-run fourth inning. With the win, the Aeros (51-45) are now
only 6.5 games behind the first-place Curve (57-38) in the Western Division
standings, the smallest margin for Akron since a loss on April 30th.

The
offensive outpour began quickly as Kipnis, batting leadoff for the first time
in his brief Double-A career, smacked a home run to left-center to start the
contest. Rehabbing Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo reached base
on a fielding error at second base shortly after, and scored on a two-out RBI
double by first baseman Beau Mills.

A
rain delay interfered with play in the middle of the second, halting play for
just 22 minutes before Altoona responded to tie the score at 2-2 in the third.
With two outs against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz, the Curve smacked three
straight hits including back-to-back RBI knocks from Josh Harrison and Matt
Hague.

Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then gave the Aeros the lead for good in the bottom
half of that third with a one-out solo homer to center. That blast preceded a
monster bottom of the fourth for the home team against the 6’7″ right-hander
Hughes.

Another
fielding error brought Carlos Rivero to first base to start the inning, and
left fielder John Drennen followed with a two-run homer to right. After a
hit-by-pitch and a bunt single, Kipnis then unloaded on his second moon shot of
the night to center. Hughes finally forced two straight outs after a Chisenhall
single to left, but Mills promptly followed with the inning’s third homer,
extending the margin to 10-2.

The
Curve scored a final run in the sixth as Akron’s Rob Bryson struggled in his
Eastern League debut. He walked four straight batters with three wild pitches
before fellow reliever Bryan Price avoided further damage with a strikeout and
an inning-ending double play.

De
La Cruz (3-5) earned his second straight victory in allowing just two runs in
five innings, striking out three against six hits and three walks. The
left-hander had won just one contest in his first 12 EL starts while Hughes
(10-7) took the loss as he permitted all 10 runs (six earned) including the
five home runs on the night. Price retired eight of the nine batters he faced
in three scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout.

Kipnis
was the star as he is now batting .600 (15-for-25) with six multi-hit
performances in six games since the All-Star Break. The five home runs were a
new Akron season-high and Choo finished 0-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen
base in his second rehab game.

The
Aeros look for the seven-game home stand sweep in the series finale with the
Curve Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Fans can save $28 at the
ballpark on Family Pack specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of
chips and four soft drinks for only $48 total! Eastern League All-Star Paolo
Espino (9-3, 3.76 ERA) takes the mound for Akron against Altoona’s newest
starter in lefty Jeff Locke (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Wednesday’s radio broadcast begins
at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Recap 07/19: 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 #95: 07/19/10

GAME #95 ? MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #49 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (49-45) vs. ALTOONA CURVE (57-36) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? How Sweep It Is… The Akron Aeros completed their first four-game series sweep of the season Sunday afternoon, routing the visiting Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park. Erie took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second inning before Akron responded with a single run in the second and then 10 more unanswered runs. The Aeros knocked Wolves starter Thad Weber out of the game with three runs in the sixth thanks to a clutch two-out, two-run single by catcher Damaso Espino. Shortstop Carlos Rivero picked up two of his three RBI with a double to left-center in the seventh and John Drennen made it an 8-2 lead with a run-scoring single. Lonnie Chisenhall singled home another run in the eighth while a two-run double by Beau Mills capped the blowout. Left-handed starter Scott Barnes (5-8) earned the win again and Weber (6-10) took the loss. 

? Scotty Does Know… Sunday marked the fourth consecutive quality start for Barnes as he made his team-leading 19th start of the year. The 22-year-old product of St. John’s University permitted two runs on three hits and two walks in his six innings pitched, striking out four batters while receiving plenty of run support from his offense. After struggling with a 1-5 record and a 7.45 ERA through May, Barnes has been much improved recently and now is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his four outings in July. He now ranks third in the Indians organization with 85 strikeouts and was acquired via a trade with the San Francisco Giants last July. 
? Head Start… Amidst another blowout Sunday against Erie, designated hitter Jerad Head starred for the Aeros offense. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate while tying a 2010 Akron-high with two doubles and setting a new mark with four runs scored. He also drove in a run and increased his season batting average to .297 in 40 games played in Double-A. The Topeka, KS native joined the roster on May 22nd from Class AAA Columbus and he appeared in 98 games for the defending EL Champions last year. 
? Sunday Best… Yesterday’s victory over the Erie SeaWolves was one of the best all-around performances by Akron in 2010. The team tied a season-high with the nine-run margin of victory while the offense smashed old records with the 19 hits and seven doubles. The white-hot Aeros are now a league-best 11-5 and have out-scored their opponents by 49 runs total in July. 
? Monday Madness… Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo joined the Aeros today on a Major League rehab assignment from the Indians. Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are both in tonight’s starting lineup for Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate on an exciting night at Canal Park. It is “Ship out LeBron James” night where fans can make charitable donations of any gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to Dollar Dog Monday this evening. The Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church will then take all of tonight’s donated apparel on an upcoming mission trip to either the Caribbean or South America. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
 
The Akron Aeros are currently 49-45 on the season and four games over .500 for just the second time this year, the first occurring when the team held a 5-1 record on April 13th.

Recap 07/18: Aeros Complete Sweep, Rout SeaWolves 11-2

AKRON,
OH – Setting several new season-highs yet again Sunday afternoon, the Akron
Aeros dominated the Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park.
The victory in front of 2,717 fans marked Akron’s first four-game series sweep
of 2010, with the last coming on the final series of 2009 against Erie. The
Aeros slugged 19 hits and seven doubles Sunday, both new yearly records, while
matching the top mark with their nine-run margin of victory. Akron’s win
improved the team’s record to 49-45 while the struggling last-place SeaWolves
(38-57) fell to a season-low 19 games below .500 with the loss.

Oddly
enough, Erie actually scored first in the ball game against left-handed Aeros
starter Scott Barnes. The visitors rallied in the top of the second inning as
Rawley Bishop drew a leadoff walk and Michael Bertram scored him all the way
from first base with a double. A Justin Henry single later scored Bertram to
provide for the quick 2-0 margin.

Akron
would promptly record 11 unanswered runs to end the game and started with a
single tally in the bottom of that second. Designated hitter Jerad Head began
his big day with a double to center and quickly scored on a sacrifice fly by
shortstop Carlos Rivero.

Thad
Weber limited the Aeros for the next several innings as both him and Barnes
continued the early pitcher’s duel. The home team then exploded in the sixth,
knocking out Weber with three hits in the first four batters. Catcher Damaso
Espino collected the biggest hit of the frame, giving Akron a 5-2 advantage
with a two-out, two-run single.

The
blowout continued as the lead stretched to six with three more runs in the next
inning. Jason Kipnis started the seventh with a single against new pitcher Luis
Marte, Jerad Head singled as well and Rivero collected two RBI with a double to
left-center. Drennen also picked up another clutch two-out single before the
offense kept going in the eighth.

Leadoff
left fielder Tim Fedroff’s one-out double ignited the final attack of the
afternoon and he later scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. Head then doubled
home another run to make it 10-2 and Beau Mills provided the final blast with
yet another RBI two-bagger.

Barnes
(5-8) earned the win in allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts
through six innings pitched. His impressive outing was his fourth consecutive
quality start, tying another 2010 Akron record twice set by Alex White. Weber
(6-10) took the loss while the Aeros pounded the Erie bullpen for seven runs on
10 hits in the final 2.2 innings. Relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay
then closed the door with three shutout frames.

Head’s
four hits tied another top total for the year and became the first Akron player
to score four runs during a contest during this regular season as well. Every
single player in the lineup finished with at least one hit while seven had
multi-hit performances, led by the two doubles from both Head and Mills, again
tying offensive records in 2010.

This home stand continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros host the first-place Altoona Curve. It is the much-anticipated “Ship
out LeBron James” night at Canal Park where fans make charitable donations of
gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to the game. Tomorrow
marks another Dollar Dog Monday with Akron’s Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA)
starting against Altoona lefty ace Rudy Owens (8-3, 3.00 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/17: Aeros Rally Late Saturday to Defeat Erie 6-5

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros stormed back to win again Saturday night, striking for three
runs in the decisive seventh inning to claim a 6-5 victory over the Erie
SeaWolves. Akron’s bats pounded the Erie pitching again and finished with 12
hits including four doubles and Jerad Head’s seventh home run of the season in
front of 3,264 fans at Canal Park. The third straight win over the SeaWolves
(38-56) coupled with Bowie’s loss moved the Aeros (48-45) only 1.5 games behind
the second-place wild card spot in the Western Division.

Lefty
starting pitchers Eric Berger and Erie’s Charlie Furbush engaged in an early pitcher’s
duel that held both teams scoreless through the first four innings. The
SeaWolves then struck first in the top of the fifth as a double by Rawley
Bishop ignited a big inning. The designated hitter later scored on a passed
ball while both Michael Bertram and Andy Dirks collected RBI singles to give
the visitors a 3-0 advantage.

Akron
then began a back-and-forth battle and cut the deficit to only 3-2 in the
bottom half of the fifth. Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera doubled
to left, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall continued the rally with a one-out single
and red-hot right fielder Matt McBride followed with a clutch two-run double
right down the left field line.  

Berger
stayed in the game for the sixth inning and ran into trouble with two outs.
Designated hitter Cesar Nicolas delivered the blow with his seventh home run off
the Miller Lite sign in right-center, bringing the Erie lead back to three runs
at 5-2.

The
left fielder Head promptly returned the favor in the bottom of the frame with his
homer to left-center, preceding the game-winning rally that started against
Furbush.

Second
baseman Jason Kipnis and Chisenhall began the seventh inning with back-to-back
doubles that then brought in right-handed reliever Zach Simons. He immediately
retired Matt McBride on a fly out, but first baseman Beau Mills tied the game
at 5-5 with a clutch single to right. Shortstop Carlos Rivero drew a walk, and with
two outs in the frame, catcher Miguel Perez provided the RBI on a single to left
to score Mills as the throw home was cut off to end the inning by catching
Rivero between second and third.

Reliever
Bryan Price (4-2) earned the victory for the Aeros as he struck out four
batters in two shutout innings in relief of Berger. Simons (2-4) blew the save
opportunity and took the loss, allowing the final run of the contest. New Akron
closer Zach Putnam then shut the door in the ninth for his third save of the
season.

Kipnis,
Chisenhall and Perez all finished with two hits on the night as the home team
now has 35 base hits and 20 runs scored in the first three games of this series
against Erie. McBride’s two RBI double brought his season total to 54 runs
batted in, ranking first on the squad, third in the Indians organization and seventh
in the Eastern League.

The
Aeros will look to earn their first four-game series sweep of the year in
tomorrow’s finale at 1:35 p.m. at Canal Park. Fans can save $28 on Sunday family
packs of four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of chips for only $48. Lefty
Scott Barnes (4-8, 5.08 ERA) makes the start for Akron against SeaWolves right-hander
Thad Weber (6-9, 3.93 ERA). Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast begins at 12:50
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 #93: 07/17/10

GAME #93 ? SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #47 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (47-45) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (38-55) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 
? Blowout City… Akron dominated the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park Friday night, earning an 8-1 victory in front of 7,144 fans in attendance for Fireworks Friday. Right-hander Paolo Espino delivered six shutout innings while fellow Eastern League All-Star Brooks Brown struggled early as he allowed two runs on two triples in the second frame. Lonnie Chisenhall then had an RBI double in the third while Brown left the game in the fifth as a double steal plus a throwing error scored a run before Carlos Rivero added another single. The Aeros scored their final runs in the sixth and eighth innings on a double by Tim Fedroff, a fielder’s choice from Matt McBride and an RBI single courtesy of Kipnis. Erie’s only run came in the ninth against reliever Steven Wright as Espino (9-3) earned the win with his impressive outing and Brown fell to 7-6 on the year with the loss. 

? Electric Espino… The Panama native limited the SeaWolves again Friday, recording five strikeouts against only three hits with no walks in his six innings. In four games (three starts) against Erie this season, Espino is now 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched as he now is tied for second in the Eastern League with nine wins. Last night was just the second quality start of the year for the 23-year-old as he tied a season-best with the six frames. He led the Class A Carolina League with a 2.59 ERA with the Kinston Indians in 2009 and was a 10th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the June 2006 Draft. 

? Fedroff on Fire… Center fielder Tim Fedroff finished 2-for-4 at the plate Friday night to pace the Aeros offensive attack. He collected a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI the day after snapping his season-high 12-game hitting streak. It was his team-leading 24th multi-hit game as the University of North Carolina product is batting .267 in 85 contests on the year. 

? Walk of Life… Both Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Kipnis showcased their patience in the batter’s box Friday against Erie. The top two men in the batting order twice drew back-to-back walks, helping the host offense finish with 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position overall. Kipnis was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI while drawing his three walks while the injured Cabrera left the game for pinch-hitter Jerad Head in the seventh and was 0-for-2 with his two free passes. 

? Lawn Mower… Reliever Omar Aguilar struck out the side in the eighth inning Friday, continuing a solid streak late in games. The 25-year-old right-hander now has a 1.72 ERA with 41 strikeouts in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings this season. 

? Tonight, Tonight… Saturday night is the seventh of eight straight meetings between the Aeros and the SeaWolves. The Great Transparency will have a pre-game Faith Night concert at Canal Park starting at 6:00 p.m. while after the contest Appalachian Outfitters presents the second Scout Night of the year…. Akron hosts the first-place Altoona Curve starting Monday.

 


AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Since losing at Richmond on June 28th, the Akron Aeros are now 11-5 in their past 16 games. The pitching staff has limited opponents to two runs or less six times with a 2.07 ERA overall.

Recap 07/16: Aeros Smash SeaWolves Again, Win 8-1

AKRON,
OH – Akron’s offense stayed hot while starter Paolo Espino led the Aeros
pitching staff to a dominant 8-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves Friday night
at Canal Park. The hosts collected 10 hits with six walks highlighted by a
double and a triple from left fielder Tim Fedroff in front of the 7,144 fans in
downtown Akron. Despite the victory over the slumping SeaWolves (38-55), the
Aeros (47-45) remain 2.5 games behind the second-place Bowie Baysox in the Eastern
League’s Western Division.

The
scoring began early as shortstop Carlos Rivero started the second with a
stand-up triple to dead center field. After two straight groundouts, Fedroff
recorded the RBI on another triple while Erie’s starter Brooks Brown threw a
wild pitch to give Akron a 2-0 lead.

Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then made it a three-run game with a run-scoring
double in the third inning, plating Jason Kipnis all the way from first. The
Aeros chased out Brown in the fifth as Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal
Cabrera and Kipnis started a rally with a pair of walks. A double steal and a
throwing error scored Cabrera and after an intentional walk to Beau Mills,
Rivero brought the edge to 5-0 with an RBI single to left.

Akron
starter Espino cruised through his six innings pitched while his offense increased
the advantage to 7-0 in the bottom half of that frame. Damaso Espino led off
with a looping double to right and Fedroff again had a clutch extra-base hit
with a run-scoring double before reliever Cory Hamilton permitted two more
walks to Cabrera and Kipnis. With the bases loaded, a fielder’s choice off the
bat of Matt McBride then plated Fedroff. 

The
Aeros scored their final run of the evening in the eighth as pinch-hitter Jerad
Head replaced Cabrera with a one-out double to right field. Head advanced to
third on a throwing error while Kipnis promptly followed with an RBI infield
single to second base.

Erie
scored their lone run of the game against reliever Steven Wright in the ninth
as Cale Iorg doubled with one out and pinch-hitter Shawn Roof hit a clutch
single to center.

Espino
(9-3) earned the victory with just his second quality start of the season,
blanking the Wolves through six innings on three hits. The Eastern League
All-Star right-hander recorded five strikeouts on the night as he moved into a
tie for second in the league with nine wins this year. Brown (7-6) struggled in
taking the loss as he allowed the first five runs in 4.2 innings and Akron
reliever Omar Aguilar struck out the side in the eighth.

Fedroff’s
12-game hitting streak ended Thursday night, but he responded with a 2-for-4
performance Friday along with two RBI and two runs scored. Kipnis also starred
with his two singles and three walks while the recovering Cabrera played the
first seven innings again tonight, going hitless in two at-bats with two free
passes and a run scored.

This
four-game weekend series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on another busy
evening at Canal Park. The Great Transparency leads the way with a pre-game
Faith Night concert at 6:00 p.m. and after the game, it is the second Scout
Night of the season presented by Appalachian Outfitters.
Akron lefty Eric Berger (4-5, 4.79 ERA) looks to continue
his solid pitching of late against Erie southpaw Charlie Furbush (1-0, 2.30
ERA). Saturday’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 #92: 07/16/10

GAME #92 ? FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #46 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (46-45) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (38-54) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Thirsty Thursday Triumph… The Aeros began the second half of the Eastern League schedule Thursday night with a 6-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park. A crowd of 2,774 fans in downtown Akron witnessed the host offense take an early 2-0 lead thanks to six hits in the first two innings. The Wolves then scored their only run on a Justin Henry sacrifice fly in the third inning against Aeros starter Kelvin De La Cruz. Three straight singles by Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt McBride began the bottom of the fifth as the team scored two more runs while back-to-back doubles by Beau Mills and Jerad Head created the four-run advantage in the seventh. McBride then capped the night with his team-leading 14th home run of the season in the eighth, giving De La Cruz (2-5) the win with the quality start while Erie starter Anthony Shawler (1-1) took the loss. 

? Kelvin Scale… Thursday night’s performance was the first victory by De La Cruz in precisely two months, dating back to May 15th in his second start in an Akron uniform this season. The 6’5″ left-hander surrendered four hits and two walks in six innings, allowing the lone run while striking out five. The Dominican Republic native had a 6.70 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP over the course of his most recent 10 starts while averaging four and one-third innings per contest. He will turn 22 years old on August 1st and after missing most of last season with a left elbow ligament strain, the Indians placed him on the 40-man roster in November. 
? Welcome Back… Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera began his rehab stint with the Aeros Thursday night and finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also made a pair of nice defensive plays early in the game before leaving in favor of pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cabrera played two games earlier this week with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley and is currently recovering from a fractured left forearm that he suffered on May 17th in Tampa Bay. 
? A Mighty Wind… The Aeros bullpen sealed the victory Thursday by dominating the Erie offense after De La Cruz. Akron relievers Shane Lindsay, Chen-Chang Lee and Zach Putnam provided a perfect three innings with five strikeouts, continuing a very impressive stretch as 10 bullpen pitchers have combined for a 2.54 ERA in the past 56 contests since May 15th. 
? Infield Fly… The five Aeros infielders combined to bat .444 (8-for-18) with three doubles, four runs scored and two walks Thursday night. Chisenhall, Cabrera, Kipnis and Mills all had solid outings while Rivero grounded out to second in his only at-bat. 
? Déjà Vu… Tonight’s contest will be the sixth of eight straight meetings between the Akron Aeros and the Erie SeaWolves. Akron has won seven of 11 so far this season and the two teams will play a total of 22 games against each other overall. The Aeros have a 2.18 ERA as a team while limiting the Wolves to a .199 batting average as Erie has now lost 38 of their past 53 contests. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros have a 2.01 ERA over the course of 13 games played in the month of July, improving their team ERA to 4.09 for the season, sixth-best in the 12-team Eastern League.
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