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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 #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.

Recap 08/05: Curve Complete Sweep, Defeat Aeros 6-1

ALTOONA,
PA – Akron matched a season-high with a sixth straight loss Thursday as the
Altoona Curve finished a four-game sweep with a 6-1 victory at Blair County
Ballpark. Despite just one earned run charged against Aeros pitchers Kelvin De
La Cruz and Nick Hagadone in front of the crowd of 4,316 fans, the offense again
could not muster enough support. Altoona improved to 65-46 with the win while fourth-place
Akron fell to 56-54 on the season, 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie
Baysox.

Lefty
starters De La Cruz and Altoona’s Tony Watson combined to retire the first 21
batters of the contest before a big bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Harrison
reached base on a one-out hit by pitch, stole second and third base before scoring
on an RBI single from Matt Hague. After a throwing error from De La Cruz, two
singles, a balk and a walk followed to give the Curve a quick 4-0 advantage.

Right
fielder John Drennen recorded the first Aeros hit in the fifth but Watson
cruised through his six frames. Reliever Ramon Aguero entered in the seventh
and after stranding a runners, Akron rallied in the eighth. Second baseman
Jason Kipnis walked with one out with a runner on first and Lonnie Chisenhall singled
to center, scoring Cristo Arnal.

Andrew
Lambo singled to start the bottom of that eighth while a throwing error by
Chisenhall extended the lead to 5-1. Two batters later, Hagadone permitted an
RBI infield single to Yung Chi Chen to provide for the final run of the game.  

Watson
(4-1) allowed just two hits in his six scoreless frames while earning the
victory, striking out three batters in his third start of the year. De La Cruz
(4-6) took the loss in allowing four runs (one earned) in his five innings,
walking one with five strikeouts but his error was the crucial difference.  Hagadone then permitted two more unearned runs
with two strikeouts in his three innings pitched because of Chisenhall’s error in
the eighth.

Drennen
and left fielder Tim Fedroff each collected a pair of hits on the night while
Akron finished with only seven runs and 24 hits in the series. The Aeros had
gone 36-18 in a stretch from May 31st through July 30th,
but have struggled thus far in the month of August.

Akron’s
weeklong road trip continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as the team heads over
to Connecticut for the start of a three-game series against the New Britain
Rock Cats. Aeros starter and nearby Chicopee, MA native Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.16
ERA) makes the start at New Britain Stadium against Chris Province (5-3, 4.91
ERA) of the Rock Cats. Join Ken Carman for Friday’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 08/01: R-Phils Smash Reyes, Aeros Lose Finale 11-3

AKRON,
OH – Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Anthony Reyes struggled in his rehab
start Sunday, allowing nine runs in 1.2 innings pitched as the Akron Aeros
ended a weeklong home stand with an 11-3 loss to the Reading Phillies. The
Phillies pounced for eight runs in the top of the second, the most allowed by
the Aeros all season in splitting the four-game series in front of 2,616 fans
at Canal Park. The loss dropped Akron to 56-50 while Reading jumped back to
.500 for the season at 53-53.

Reyes
struggled in the top of the first inning as well, allowing a leadoff walk and a
stolen base to Michael Spidale. Harold Garcia advanced Spidale to third with an
RBI single while Matt Rizzotti followed with a double to right-center to provide
for an early 2-0 lead.

The
top of the second then witnessed 13 different Reading at-bats and the frame
began with three hits and a sacrifice bunt. Each of the next four batters
reached base again, including three walks, as Reyes exited the game after
forcing a soft liner to third base for the second out. Reliever Chen-Chang Lee
entered the game but walked in another run to extend the deficit to 7-0 while a
single and an error scored another three runs.

Nick
Hagadone replaced Lee out of the bullpen in the fourth and after forcing two
quick outs, ran into trouble again. Tuffy Gosewisch doubled to left-center
field and Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single to provide for Reading’s
final run.

The
Aeros offense finally responded to the blowout in the bottom of the fourth
inning as third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall cleared the right field bleachers
with a leadoff home run. Starting pitcher Michael Cisco then caught fire,
retiring the next 12 batters he faced.

Akron
scored the final runs in the ninth against Phillies reliever Chance Chapman.
Center fielder Jordan Henry and Chisenhall each doubled to cut the margin down
to 11-2 and after a walk to Beau Mills, John Drennen recorded an RBI on a fielder’s
choice.

Cisco
(3-7) earned the victory with one of his finest starts of the season, allowing
just a single run on three hits in seven innings pitched. Reyes (0-1) failed to
survive the second frame in his second Akron outing following June 2009 Tommy
John reconstructive right elbow surgery, permitting six hits and four walks to
the 15 hitters he faced. The nine runs permitted tied for the most allowed by
an Aeros pitcher in 2010 and fortunately, the bullpen provided 7.1 efficient
innings with 10 strikeouts against only one earned run.

Henry
and Chisenhall provided for four of the only six Akron hits overall on the
afternoon, as each extended their hitting streaks with multi-hit performances.
Henry finished the home stand with a .571 (12-for-21) batting average and
Chisenhall’s homer was his 12th.

The
Aeros will enjoy an off day Monday before resuming action Tuesday against the
first-place Altoona Curve. A doubleheader begins the crucial four-game series,
and the two teams will play a pair of seven innings games starting Tuesday at
5:30 p.m. at Blair County Ballpark. Alex White (6-4, 1.49 ERA) and Paolo Espino
(9-4, 4.00 ERA) will throw for Akron against Altoona starters Justin Wilson
(8-6, 3.06 ERA) and Jared Hughes (11-7, 4.62 ERA).  Tuesday’s radio broadcast begins 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This
four-game series continues tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. with a Friday Fireworks
spectacular and Kids Cancer Survivors Celebration Night at Canal Park. Lefty
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will start for the surging Aeros against
Reading’s Ty Taubenheim (3-1, 5.14 ERA). Friday’s radio broadcast begins at
6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call the
Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #102: 07/27/10

GAME #102 ? TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #53 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Monday Madness… The Bowie Baysox slammed the Aeros pitching staff Monday night, earning a 10-5 victory in the opener of Akron’s seven-game home stand. Bowie scored the game’s first three runs in the third and fourth against Aeros starter Paolo Espino before back-and-forth offense highlighted the middle innings. Designated Matt McBride and first baseman Beau Mills each doubled and right fielder Jerad Head had an RBI single in the fourth inning but the Baysox responded to take a 6-2 lead. Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall lined a home run in the fifth while the road team again scored three more runs in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis plated the fifth Aeros with a double while new reliever Nick Hagadone permitted the final run of the night in the eighth. Bowie reliever Ryohei Tanaka (5-11) struggled but earned the win while Espino (9-4) took the loss. 

? Bowie Beat-Down… Espino’s outing Monday snapped a streak of two straight quality starts as the right-hander allowed five runs on a season-high 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. The Eastern League All-Star entered the game with a 3.71 ERA and failed in his attempt to become the third EL pitcher to win 10 games this season. Reliever Steven Wright replaced him in the fifth inning but fared no better, permitting the next four runs on five hits while only surviving a single inning. 
? Rolaids Relief… Closer Omar Aguilar delivered a shutout ninth inning Monday, striking out the side while only allowing a hit by pitch. The 25-year-old right-hander now is 0-2 with four saves and a 2.18 ERA over 20.2 innings in 16 games since May 31st. 
? Daring Drennen… The left fielder Drennen was productive offensively yet again Monday, finishing 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He now leads qualified Aeros and ranks third in the EL with his .313 batting average this season as he is batting .335 over his past 68 games played since April 25th, including a current 27-game on base streak. Cleveland selected Drennen in the sandwich round (33rd overall) of the June 2005 Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. 
? Picture Perfect… Monday’s loss marked the first time an opponent scored double-digit runs against Akron since June 26th, a span of exactly one month. In the 26 games in between these two occurrences, the Aeros pitching staff allowed opponents to average just 3.3 runs per game, eclipsing three runs only 11 times and five runs just five, while collecting a 2.66 ERA. 
? New Beginnings… The Aeros made a few more roster moves today as RHP Anthony Reyes officially joined the team on rehab assignment and LHP Eric Berger was transferred to Class AAA Columbus. Reyes will make his Eastern League debut tonight on a three-inning or 50-pitch limit as he continues his recovery from June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. Berger will also make his International League debut tonight while former Akron Aero RHP Josh Tomlin debuts for Cleveland. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:  
The white-hot Akron Aeros now lead the 12-team Eastern League with a 15-8 record, 30 home runs, a .290 team batting average and a 2.69 ERA during 23 games in the month of July.

Recap 07/26: Baysox Take Opener, Defeat Aeros 10-5

AKRON,
OH – The Bowie Baysox out-slugged the Aeros Monday night, earning a 10-5
victory in the first game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Amidst 29 total
hits, nine doubles, four errors and nine pitchers used in the three-hour and
21-minute marathon, the Baysox jumped an extra game in the tight Western
Division wild card race. With the win in front of the downtown Akron crowd of
7,661 fans on Dollar Dog Monday, second-place Bowie improved to 56-47 this
season with a two-game lead over the 53-48 Aeros.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino struggled in the start for Akron and allowed Bowie
to take an early lead in the third. A Tyler Henson RBI single scored Greg
Miclat and the Baysox added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double
from Carlos Rojas.

Trailing
3-0, the Aeros responded in the bottom of the fourth as designated hitter Matt
McBride and first baseman Beau Mills began the frame with back-to-back doubles.
Right fielder Jerad Head then scored Mills with a single but Bowie continued to
hammer Espino later that inning. Jonathan Tucker knocked him out of the game
with a one-out RBI double while reliever Steven Wright permitted two more hits
to increase the deficit to 6-2.

Akron
third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor against Baysox starting
pitcher Chorye Spoone in the fifth. Center fielder Jordan Henry drew a leadoff
walk and after an out, Chisenhall lined a homer to right, cutting the deficit
in half to only two runs.

Unfortunately,
the Bowie offense stayed hot with three runs all against Wright in the sixth
highlighted by a two-run single from Tucker. Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis
made it a 9-5 game with a double to score catcher Damaso Espino in the bottom
of that frame against reliever Ryohei Tanaka. Steven Lerud then added the
evening’s final run with a double to dead center field against new reliever
Nick Hagadone in the eighth.

Tanaka
(5-11) earned the win in just his second relief appearance of the season,
allowing a run on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Espino (9-4) took the
loss, snapping a streak of two straight quality starts in permitting the first
five runs on 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 frames. Wright struggled
as well in surrendering the next four runs while Hagadone delivered two innings
pitched on the night with one more run allowed.

All
18 batters recorded at least one hit, including 10 with at least two, as only
Akron catcher Damaso Espino did not to reach base twice. John Drennen, Mills, and
Head all collected two hits for Akron, as the latter extended his hitting
streak to 10 straight games.

Christmas
in July returns to Canal Park Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. as this crucial
three-game continues. Exchange any five non-perishable food items for a free
ticket or a gently used winter coat (preferably a children’s size) for two with
all proceeds benefitting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Salvation
Army of Greater Akron. There will be seven Santas on hand along with stars from
the Akron Racers and it is Two for Tuesday featuring buy one, get one free
specials on hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Cleveland
Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes is the expected starter Tuesday for Akron as
he continues his rehab assignment in Double-A against Bowie lefty Rick Zagone
(1-2, 3.55 ERA). Join long-time Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Tuesday
evening’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

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