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Aerodynamics Game #125: 08/21/10

Game #125 Saturday, August 21, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Home Game #64
Canal Park Akron,
OH

Akron Aeros (64-60) vs. Harrisburg
Senators(65-59)

Cleveland Indians                  Washington
Nationals

  • Tough Start… The Aeros lost 5-1 in the first game of an important three-game
    series with the Harrisburg Senators Friday. The two teams are in the thick of
    the Western Division wild card race and were tied for third place entering the
    series. Harrisburg
    scored first in the top of the fourth inning when Josh Johnson tripled and
    Jesus Valdez singled him home. The Senators added two more runs in the fifth
    when first baseman Miguel Perez made a throwing error to the plate in an
    attempt to force out Jhonathan Solano. Brad Coon also came around to score,
    pushing Harrisburg’s
    lead to three unanswered runs. Akron
    answered when left fielder Tim Fedroff ended a potential no-hit bid with a solo
    home run to center field in the fifth.
    The Sens added another run in the
    sixth when Coon recorded an RBI-single that brought home Michael Burgess. Harrisburg tacked on an
    insurance run in the ninth for the final four-run difference. The Senators’ Ryan Tatusko
    earned his first win of the season, giving up just one run on three hits with
    six strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Cole Kimball came on in the
    ninth to earn his sixth save.

  •  Tar
    Heeled and Feathered…
    Right-handed starter Alex White (7-7, 2.44 ERA) took
    the loss in allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts
    and three walks. The former University of North Carolina ace is now 1-3 in his
    last four starts.
  • Aeros
    Alumni…
    Cleveland Indian southpaw pitcher Aaron Laffey will make a rehab
    appearance tonight.  Laffey has pitched
    in 25 games with the Tribe this year with a 4.62 ERA with 28 runs (26 earned) on
    57 hits. The Cumberland, Md. native has 27 strikeouts against 28 walks over
    50.2 innings of work. In his rehab appearances with Columbus and Lake County,
    Laffey has a combined ERA of 4.03 in six games with 10 runs on 23 hits with 12
    strikeouts and 15 walks over 22.1 innings.

  • Red Hot Bull… Right-handed pitcher Connor Graham came on in relief Friday night and
    struck out three straight Senators on
    called third strikes.
    The Bowling Green, Ohio native went 1.2 perfect innings.
  • El Duque…
    Orlando Hernandez is likely to make an appearance either Saturday or Sunday
    pitching for the Senators. The high-kicking right-handed pitcher won World
    Series championships with the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He added
    a fourth ring in 2005 as a member of the Chicago White Sox. In four appearances
    with the Sens, El Duque struck out seven and allowed one run on three hits over
    six innings. He is the half-brother of Washington Nationals’ starter LivŠn HernŠndez.
  • Promotion…
    Today marks the last Super Saver Saturday of the season where fans can take
    advantage of $7 tickets and $1 specials on hot dogs, draft beer, soft drinks,
    and popcorn. Fans can also utilize a 10 percent discount at the Infield
    Outfitters team shop. In addition to all that value, the first 1,000 fans through
    the gates will receive an Aeros dry-fit t-shirt courtesy of FirstMerit.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recently
acquired right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his second start
for the Aeros against Reading lefty Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.49 ERA). Tuesday night’s
radio broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #112: 08/07/10

GAME #112 ? SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #55 ? NEW BRITAIN STADIUM ? NEW BRITAIN, CT

AKRON AEROS (57-54) AT NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (33-80)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats thanks to a dominant pitching performance from starter Scott Barnes. Center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis ignited a first inning Akron rally with singles and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a sacrifice fly. Right fielder John Drennen later gave the team a 2-0 lead with a run-scoring fielder’s choice. Barnes dominated at New Britain Stadium through seven innings as the hosts plated a lone run in the bottom of the ninth inning on an error by Chisenhall. Barnes (6-8) earned the victory, Rock Cats starter Chris Province (5-4) took the loss and reliever Connor Graham picked up his second save. 

? The Rock… Barnes shined Friday night in front of a supporting crowd only 45 minutes away from his hometown of Chicopee, MA. The left-hander limited New Britain to two hits and one walk over seven scoreless frames with eight strikeouts, finishing with one of his best starts of the season. The hosts collected only four base runners total against him and the 22-year-old retired 18 of his final 19 batters while facing the minimum through his final six innings. After a rocky start to the year, the 6’4″ Barnes has been much improved and is now 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his past 11 starts dating back to June 9th. The Cleveland Indians acquired the St. John’s University product in a July 2009 trade with the San Francisco Giants for Ryan Garko. 
? Redhawk Relief… The Rock Cats rallied in the ninth inning Friday but Graham stranded the bases loaded to prevent a comeback and secure the victory. Graham began 2010 as a starter but has led the Akron bullpen since moving into the new role in May. The 24-year-old now has a 2-3 record with two saves and a 2.03 ERA in 28 relief appearances and joined the Indians system in July 2009 trade with Colorado for Rafael Betancourt. He was a fifth-round pick in the June 2007 Draft out of Miami University. 
? Oh Henry… Two runs were just enough Friday night as the leadoff hitter Henry drove the Aeros offense. He finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and three singles, continuing his impressive hot streak. Henry now is batting .432 (13-for-44) with an extra nine walks in his last 12 contests and he turned 22 years old the day before his promotion from Class A Kinston in June. 
? Bloopers… Chisenhall’s error scored the lone New Britain run Friday night, continuing a streak of rough defense by the Aeros. The team has now committed an error in 10 of the past 11 games and ranks ninth in the Eastern League with 112 this season. 
? Wild, Wild West… With last night’s victory, Akron still trails the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games for the Western Division wild card lead. The Aeros remain in fourth place, two games behind the Harrisburg Senators while also trailing the division-leading Altoona Curve by 7.5 games. Akron has advanced to the EL Championship Series for five straight seasons. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
LHP T.J. McFarland will be the 54th different player to appear for the Akron Aeros this year when he starts tonight, the most since 58 different people played for the 2005 Aeros.

Recap 08/06: Barnes Leads Way, Aeros Finally Win 2-1

NEW
BRITAIN, CT – Aeros left-hander Scott Barnes dazzled through seven scoreless
innings Friday to end Akron’s six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over
the host New Britain Rock Cats. Only 45 minutes away from his hometown of
Chicopee, MA, Barnes scattered just two hits to earn the win in front of 7,268
fans at New Britain Stadium, many supporting the local hero. The win improved
the Aeros to 57-54 and 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox
while the Rock Cats dropped to 33-80.

The
game started on a great note for the visitors as the top of the Akron lineup
blasted New Britain starting pitcher Chris Province. Center fielder Jordan
Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis led the game with back-to-back singles
and Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, right
fielder John Drennen plated Kipnis with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to the
first baseman, giving the Aeros a quick 2-0 lead.

Barnes
walked his first batter of the game and also permitted a single to Chris
Parmelee, but cruised after that. He retired 18 of his final 19 batters and
faced the minimum through the second to seventh innings, simply hitting Joe
Benson with a pitch in the fourth.

Akron
loaded the bases in the top of the sixth after a single, a wild pitch and two
walks, but reliever Cole DeVries ended the frame with two straight fly outs.
The Rock Cats jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring
error by Chisenhall before Connor Graham struck out Alexander Soto to end the
rally and secure the victory.

Barnes
(6-8) earned the victory in one of his most dominant start of the season,
simply permitting four base runners with eight strikeouts in his seven frames.
The left-hander has been dominant recently, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.34
ERA in his last 11 starts. Province (5-4) took the loss in permitting two runs on
eight hits in four innings pitched while Graham avoided a comeback in the ninth
inning for his second save of the season.

The
Aeros collected nine hits in the contest, led by the contributions from the top
hitters in the lineup. Henry finished 3-for-4 and Kipnis collected two more
hits, igniting the first inning attack. Catcher Juan Apodaca was 1-for-3 in his
debut in the Indians organization, arriving with Akron the other day following
a trade from the Boston Red Sox.

This
three-game series between the Aeros and the Rock Cats continues Saturday at
7:05 p.m. at New Britain Stadium. Akron has yet to announce their starting
pitcher for the contest against Deolis Guerra (2-7, 5.32 ERA) of the Rock Cats.
Join Ken Carman for Saturday 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.

Aerodynamics Game #105: 07/31/10

GAME #105 ? SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #56 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (56-48) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-53)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

∑ Shutout City… Akron’s hot streak continued Friday night at Canal Park as three Aeros pitchers combined to shutout the Reading Phillies in a 6-0 victory. Lefty starter Kelvin De La Cruz led the way with six shutout innings and the scoring began in the first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. Shortstop Carlos Rivero then lofted a home run in the second inning before extending the lead to 3-0 with a sac fly in the third. An error by Reading third baseman Cody Overbeck scored Chisenhall from second base in the fifth and after a John Drennen double, a wild pitch plated Rivero. First baseman Beau Mills drove in the final run on an RBI infield single to third base in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. De La Cruz (4-5) earned the victory before relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Connor Graham sealed the deal as Phillies starter Ty Taubenheim (3-2) took the loss. 

∑ Cruising Along… The left-hander De La Cruz recorded his third victory in a row Friday to cement an impressive month of July. Over the course of his five starts this month, he was 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA, striking out 24 batters in only 25.1 innings pitched. The soon-to-be 22-year-old native of La Vega, Dominican Republic had gone 10 consecutive games without a win prior to his outing July 15th against Erie, but has now limited opponents to two runs or less in five straight starts. He missed the majority of the 2009 season with a strained ligament in his throwing elbow and was placed on the Cleveland 40-man roster in November. 
∑ Riveting Rivero… Many different players have stepped up recently on offense for the Aeros and Rivero was the hero Friday night against the Phillies. He finished 1-for-3 with his fourth homer of the season and a sacrifice fly, driving in two RBI with two runs scored. The Venezuela native is now batting .250 in 14 games since the Eastern League All-Star Break with seven RBI. He returned from the disabled list with a left wrist sprain on July 7th and began the month of July on a 3-for-22 slump at the plate. 
∑ A-Head of the Curve… Following Friday’s victory, Head earned the promotion to Class AAA Columbus. This will be his second 2010 stint with the Clippers and he exits the Eastern League on one of the hottest streaks of his career. In 36 games played since June 10th, was batting .336 with 13 doubles, nine home runs, 25 runs scored and 22 RBI. The 27-year-old native of Topeka, KS also had a career-high 13-game hitting streak and was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in August 2005. 
∑ Changes… In other roster moves, the Aeros received infielder Justin Toole from short-season Class A Mahoning Valley while the Cleveland Indians activated closer Kerry Wood. Toole has played in 19 games this year between the Scrappers, Class A Kinston and Columbus. The Indians then traded Wood and cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros are 11-3 since the Eastern League All-Star Break earlier this month, making up seven games on the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve (5-11 since the break).

Recap 07/30: Aeros Blank Phillies, Secure 6-0 Victory

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros continued their recent success at home Friday night with an
all-around performance in a 6-0 victory against the Reading Phillies. A crowd
of 7,277 fans on Fireworks Friday witnessed Akron win at Canal Park for the 12th
time in 13 games, highlighted by six shutout innings from lefty starter Kelvin
De La Cruz. Coupled with a loss by the Altoona Curve Friday, the third-place
Aeros (56-48) are now only 3.5 games away from the Western Division lead and
the Phillies are 51-53 on the season.

Akron’s
scoring began early as leadoff center fielder Jordan Henry singled to
left-center in the bottom of the first. Henry promptly stole second base,
advanced to third on a fly out and scored on another sacrifice fly by third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

The
lead jumped to 2-0 in the second inning on a towering solo home run from
shortstop Carlos Rivero, just to the right of the left field foul pole. Reading
starter Ty Taubenheim allowed another run in the third as Rivero recorded a sac
fly to left to score Jason Kipnis.

As
De La Cruz kept the Phillies offense in check, the blowout continued in the
bottom of the fifth. Chisenhall singled to left and moved to second on a groundout
before scoring on a botched play by third baseman Cody Overbeck. Akron left
fielder John Drennen then doubled down the right field line and a wild pitch plated
Rivero to make it a 5-0 edge.

Reliever
John Ennis replaced Taubenheim in the sixth but suffered the same fate despite
only having a runner on first base with two outs. The right-hander then hit
both Chisenhall and Jerad Head with pitches to load the bases while new relief
pitcher Tyson Brumment allowed an RBI infield single to first baseman Beau
Mills.

That
hit provided for the final margin of the night as relievers Chen-Chang Lee and
Connor Graham combined for three shutout innings on one hit for the Aeros.

De
La Cruz (4-5) earned his third consecutive win, delivering six spotless innings
with seven strikeouts against only three hits and three walks. The left-hander,
who turns 22 years old Sunday, improved to 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts
in July and his recent winning streak follows a 10-game stretch with no
victories. Taubenheim (3-2) took the loss in permitting the first five runs
(three earned) in five innings on six hits and three walks.

Eight
of the nine Akron batters recorded a single hit but Rivero led the way with a
pair of runs scored and two RBI. His home run was his fourth of the season, second
against Reading, and the pitching staff’s shutout was their fourth in the month
of July.

Tomorrow
is a Super Saver Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park as this four-game series
continues between the Aeros and the R-Phils. Fans can purchase tickets for only
$7 and once inside the stadium, can take advantage of $1 hot dogs, $1 12-oz.
draft beers and soft drinks, $1 popcorn and a 10% discount at the Infield
Outfitters team store.

Akron
just announced that left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.20 ERA) will start
Saturday night against Reading righty J.C. Ramirez (2-2, 4.59 ERA). Join Jim
Clark for Saturday’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.

Aerodynamics Game #103: 07/28/10

GAME #103 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #54 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (54-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-48)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Tighten Up… The Aeros evened their series with the Bowie Baysox Tuesday night, earning a 4-0 victory thanks to a five-hit shutout by four pitchers. All the scoring for the evening occurred in the first inning in front of the 2,889 fans at Canal Park in downtown Akron. Center fielder Jordan Henry began his impressive night with a double, second baseman Jason Kipnis singled and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall collected an RBI base hit. Red-hot designated hitter Matt McBride followed with a towering three-run home run to the canal in left field, providing all four quick runs against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. The Baysox finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight men on base in the loss. Reliever Connor Graham earned the win on the night for the Aeros with a pair of shutout innings, Zagone (1-3) took the loss and Bryan Price recorded his first career save. 

? Lookin’ Good… Cleveland Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes started for Akron Tuesday night and dominated in his first career Eastern League appearance. The 28-year-old permitted just one hit and one walk with one strikeout in his three shutout innings during his third rehab start following June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. The Aeros received Reyes earlier in the day yesterday from the Arizona League Indians, where he was 0-1 with a 4.51 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched. Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a July 2008 trade, he owns a 5.12 ERA in 67 games (52 starts) in his MLB career. 
? Thrice is Nice… A trio of Akron relievers followed Reyes Tuesday and helped to keep the Baysox in check. Recently received Rob Bryson avoided damage despite a double and a walk in the fourth inning before Graham and Price combined to close the door in the final five frames. The Aeros bullpen now has a 2.52 ERA over the team’s past 67 games since May 15th, Graham now has a 2.37 ERA in 24 relief appearances this season and Price has not allowed a run over his past 12.2 innings pitched. 
? Oh Henry… Despite the low scoring Tuesday, Akron’s leadoff hitter Henry had a career performance at the plate. He finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored after posting just three extra-base hits and no three-hit games in his first 34 Double-A contests. The 22-year-old is now batting .692 (9-for-13) in his past four games, including Sunday’s currently suspended contest at Reading. Cleveland selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of Mississippi. 
? Bash Brothers… McBride continued his hot hitting with his team-leading 17th home run Tuesday but is not the only streaking Aero. Right fielder Jerad Head also extended the longest hitting streak of his career to 10 games with a single as the two outfielders have led the Eastern League’s best offense (.272 team average) for the past two months. McBride is batting .364 with 13 home runs in 26 games since June 28th and Head has a .341 batting average with nine homers in 34 games since June 10th. 
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Tuesday’s 4-0 victory at Canal Park was Akron’s eighth shutout of the season, third in the Eastern League, and third in just 14 games (six wins) against the second-place Bowie Baysox.
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