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Aerodynamics 08/25: Game #130

Game #130 Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Away Game #63 Prince George’s Stadium Bowie, MD

Akron Aeros (65-64) vs. Bowie Baysox (68-61)

Cleveland
Indians              
 Baltimore Orioles


Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • Akron broke a string of four
    games of scoring no runs or one run with Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over the Baysox.
    The Aeros are 10-47 when scoring three runs or less.

 

Aerodynamics

  •  Part
    One…
    The first
    game ended up being a two-day pitchers’ duel as the only run of the ballgame
    came in Bowie’s sixth inning when Ryan Adams hit a home run over the left field
    fence. As a result, Chen-Chang Lee took the loss and fell to 5-4 despite giving
    up only two other hits and striking out five batters against one walk in 3.1
    innings of work. Brandon Cooney, now 3-2, earned the win after he pitched the
    sixth inning in relief with just one hit. Pedro Beato recorded his 16th
    save of the season. Both teams combined for eight hits with Akron tallying five
    and Bowie three.
  • The
    sequel…
    The
    Aeros finally broke out of their offensive slump in the third inning of game
    two. Shortstop Cristo Arnal and centerfielder Tim Fedroff both reached safely
    on separate fielding errors to start the rally. Second baseman Jason Kipnis
    followed with a single to right field scoring Arnal and sending Fedroff to
    third. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall capped the inning with a home run to
    left-center field to put Akron up 4-0. Bowie scored in the bottom of the third
    when Jonathan Tucker scored during Xavier Avery’s swipe of second base. Akron
    got the run back in the next inning when Arnal hit a solo home run to left
    field. Errors plagued the Baysox once again in the fifth as right fielder Jerad
    Head scored on a throwing error by Greg Miclat and made the score 6-1. Two
    Bowie runs were scored in the sixth on two-straight bases loaded walks to put
    the game at its 6-3 final.
  • Cruzin’…
    Left-handed
    starter Kelvin De La Cruz earned the win to improve to 5-6. The southpaw gave
    up one run on four hits with six strikeouts against two walks over five innings
    of work. Bowie starter Ryohei Tanaka took the loss to fall to 6-12 after five
    runs scored (one earned) on seven hits over four innings. Right-handed reliever
    Omar Aguilar then came in to get the final out of the sixth and retired the
    side in the seventh to record his sixth save.
  • Arnal
    night…
    With
    infielder Cristo Arnal’s home run Tuesday night, the Caracas, Venezuela native
    has now hit safely in 10 of his past 12 games. In his past 10 games, Arnal is
    10-32 for a .313 average with a double, triple, home run, four RBI, and eight
    runs.
  • Last
    stand…
    Akron
    enters tonight 3.5 games back of second-place Harrisburg for the wild card.
    Third-place Bowie is also ahead of the Aeros by three games. Tonight’s game
    against the Baysox is Akron’s last against either club this regular season.
  • Triple
    play promotion…
    Akron
    returns home Thursday for their last home stand of the year with a four-game
    series against the Erie SeaWolves. There will be an Alex White poster giveaway
    sponsored by Busson Digital for the first 2,000 fans through the gates of Canal
    Park. It is also Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank Drive Night sponsored by the
    Akron Plan where fans can bring a canned food item to the game and receive a $5
    ticket! It is also the last Thirsty Thursday of the year where dollar drafts
    and sodas are available through the end of the seventh inning.

Aeros Recap 08/24: Aeros Split with Sox

The Aeros remained competitive in the western division wild card race with a doubleheader split against the Baysox Tuesday night. Bowie won game one 1-0, which was originally started Monday. Akron bounced back with a 6-3 triumph in game two.  The Aeros are now 65-64 while the Baysox are 68-61.

 

The first game ended up being a two-day pitchers’ duel as the only run of the ballgame came in Bowie’s sixth inning when Ryan Adams hit a home run over the left field fence.

 

As a result, Chen-Chang Lee took the loss and fell to 5-4 despite giving up only two hits and striking out five batters against one walk in 3.1 innings of work. Brandon Cooney, now 3-2, earned the win after he pitched the sixth inning in relief with just one hit. Pedro Beato recorded his 16th save of the season. Both teams combined for eight hits

 

The Aeros finally broke out of their offensive slump in the fourth inning of game two. Shortstop Cristo Arnal and centerfielder Tim Fedroff both reached safely on separate fielding errors to start the rally. Second baseman Jason Kipnis followed with a single to right field scoring Arnal and sending Fedroff to third. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall capped the inning with a home run to left-center field to put Akron up 4-0.

 

Bowie scored in the bottom of the third when Jonathan Tucker scored during Xavier Avery’s swipe of second base. Akron would get the run back in the top of the fourth Arnal hit a solo home run to left field. Errors plagued the Baysox once again in the fifth as right fielder Jerad Head scored on a throwing error by Greg Miclat and made the score 6-1.

 

The Baysox made a comeback attempt in the sixth as two-straight bases loaded walks allowed Joseph Mahoney and Brandon Waring to score and cut the score to 6-3. Right-handed reliever Omar Aguilar then came in to get the final out of the sixth and retired the side in the seventh to record his sixth save.

 

Left-handed starter Kelvin De La Cruz earned the win to improve to 5-6. The southpaw gave up one run on four hits with six strikeouts against two walks over five innings of work. Bowie starter Ryohei Tanaka took the loss to fall to 6-12 after five runs scored (one earned) on seven hits over four innings.

                                                                                                                                                 

The Aeros are now 3.5 games behind Harrisburg for the Western Division wild card, but still have to catch up with Bowie, who is a half game behind the Senators. Akron has 13 games remaining in the season, but Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Baysox is their last against the two teams in front of them. Aeros staff ace Alex White (7-7, 2.44 ERA) hopes to continue Akron’s winning streak against Bowie’s Eddie Gamboa (6-4, 3.67 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Wednesday’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.

 

Recap 08/13: Aeros Blast Rock Cats Friday, Win 11-7

AKRON,
OH – A franchise-record tying three triples and a seven-run fifth inning
highlighted an 11-7 victory for the Aeros Friday night over the visiting New
Britain Rock Cats. Akron pounded 17 hits on the night including six of the
extra-base variety while tying season-highs with the six runs and seven base
hits in the fifth. The win improved the Aeros to 60-57 this season and just 2.5
games behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division wild card race while
the last-place Rock Cats fell to 34-85.

New
Britain began the scoring early against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz in the
first two frames. Juan Portes plated two runs with a double to left and an RBI
single from Joe Benson gave the visitors a quick 3-0 advantage.

Two
errors helped the Aeros later in that second as a misplayed infield single
turned into a run and center fielder Jordan Henry continued the rally with a
run-scoring hit to center.

De
La Cruz struggled again in the third inning as the Rock Cats extended their
lead to 6-2. Two more walks preceded a clutch two-out, three-run home run into
the left field canal from Jeff Howell that put the hosts in a large early
deficit.

Akron’s
comeback began in the third on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Carlos Rivero
before the record-tying fifth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis homered to
begin the frame against starter Deolis Guerra while Rivero knocked Guerra out
of the game with an RBI double to left-center. 
After the second out of the inning, catcher Juan Apodaca followed with a
pivotal 12-pitch walk that created even more opportunities for the Aeros.

Designated
hitter Cristo Arnal then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to left and
Henry tripled him home on a liner to dead center. Kipnis then recorded his
second RBI of the frame on a single to left to extend the lead to 10-6 and
cement the lead for good.

Mark
Dolenc hit a solo home run to begin the sixth and another Akron RBI triple in
the seventh, this time from left fielder Tim Fedroff, provided for the final
margin of the night.

Nick
Hagadone (2-1) earned the victory with two innings of relief, allowing one run
but pitching in the midst of the offensive attack. Guerra (2-9) permitted seven
runs (five earned) on 10 hits in just 4.1 innings pitched and he now has a 0-6
record in his last seven starts. De La Cruz surrendered six runs with six walks
in four frames in the start but relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Omar Aguilar
retired the final nine New Britain batters.

Seven
of the nine Aeros hitters finished with at least two hits led by Henry’s three
hits and his third triple of the season. Arnal tied a career-high with three RBI
via his fifth inning triple as well and this was the sixth instance of three
three-baggers in franchise history.

Akron’s
home stand continues tomorrow against New Britain at 7:05 p.m. for an exciting Saturday
night at Canal Park. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica
of the 2009 Akron Aeros Eastern League Championship ring, sponsored by Distillata
Water. The hit show “Beer Money” from Sports Time Ohio will also film around
the stadium.

The Aeros aim for a third straight victory Saturday
with ace Alex White (6-6, 2.45 ERA) on the mound against a to-be-determined
pitcher for the Rock Cats. Join Jim Clark 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 #111: 08/06/10

GAME #111 ? FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #54 ? NEW BRITAIN STADIUM ? NEW BRITAIN, CT

AKRON AEROS (56-54) AT NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (33-79)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Thursday Trauma… The Altoona Curve completed a four-game sweep of the Aeros with a 6-1 victory Thursday night at Blair County Ballpark. The two starters, Akron’s Kelvin De La Cruz and Altoona’s Tony Watson, combined to retire the first 21 batters of the game before the Curve struck first in the bottom of the fourth. A crucial throwing error by De La Cruz was the crucial blow as three hits plated four hits in the frame. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall plated the lone Aeros run with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning before Altoona rallied again to provide for the final margin. A Chisenhall throwing error and an RBI infield single extended the lead to five as Watson (4-1) allowed just two hits in the victory and De La Cruz (4-6) took the loss. 

? Cruising Along… Thursday’s defeat marked the end of a career-high three-game winning streak for the left-handed starting pitcher De La Cruz. He delivered five innings pitched in Altoona last night, allowing four runs with five strikeouts and one walk but four runs (only one earned) total. The 22-year-old has been much improved recently after a rocky start at the Double-A level, going 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 strikeouts against 15 walks in 25.1 innings pitched in his last six starts since July. This follows a 10-game streak with no wins for the Dominican Republic native who joined Cleveland’s 40-man roster in November. 
? Feelin’ Fine… Left fielder Tim Fedroff returned to action for the start of this road trip and had his finest game in a while Thursday night. Fedroff left in the middle of a victory July 24th at Reading before missing the next 10 days of Aeros games. He returned to the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday and finished 2-for-4 at the plate in his return to the outfield yesterday. Overall, the University of North Carolina product is batting .413 (33-for-80) with 14 runs scored his last 21 games dating back to June 30th. 
? Snapping Turtle… Chisenhall drove home the lone Akron run Thursday, ending a prolonged slump at the plate for Cleveland’s 2008 first-round draft pick. He began the series at Altoona 0-for-14 offensively with three strikeouts and a double play before his eighth inning RBI base hit last night. The 21-year-old is now batting .270 in 85 games for Akron this season with 12 home runs and 54 RBI and he started the year as the second-ranked prospect in the Indians organization, according to Baseball America. 
? Rookie of the Year… Former Aeros stars Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin have impressed in their stints with Cleveland in 2010. The two right-handers have combined for 2-1 record and a 2.30 ERA in five combined starts since last week’s promotions. Gomez was the 2009 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and Tomlin was 14-9 with a 4.16 ERA in Double-A last season. 
? New Beginnings… Akron’s road trip continues this weekend as the team heads to New Britain, CT for their only road series with the Rock Cats this season. New Britain sits in last place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division with a 33-79 record, trailing division-leading Trenton and New Hampshire by 33 games already. The Aeros were only 2-4 against New Britain in 2009. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Opponents have out-scored the Akron Aeros 37 to 16 during the team’s season-high six-game losing streak dating back to last Saturday night at Canal Park against Reading.

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.

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 #101: 07/26/10

GAME #101 ? MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #52 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-47) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (55-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Sunday Suspension… Akron’s contest Sunday afternoon against the Reading Phillies was suspended with a tied 5-5 score in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Aeros led early in the contest thanks to a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Henry in the first and then an RBI single from left fielder John Drennen in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head followed Drennen’s hit with a two-run homer to right field before Reading responded to cut the deficit to 4-2 after three innings. Second baseman Jason Kipnis collected another run-scoring hit while the Phillies chased Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz out of the game in the fourth. Rain halted action with Reading’s Matt Rizzotti at the plate against reliever Bryan Price, with runners on first and third base along with two outs in the frame. The game will resume at First Energy Stadium on Tuesday, August 17th and will be followed by that evening’s regular scheduled game in seven innings. All statistics from yesterday will not count until the game’s completion. 

? The White House… The Aeros announced Monday morning that starting pitcher Alex White is the recipient of this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week award. The 21-year-old product of the University of North Carolina was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two starts this past week, leading Akron to victories on Monday and Saturday nights. He has thrown six consecutive quality starts and is now 4-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts against three walks in 38.1 innings pitched since June 25th. White is the second player on the team with two such awards this year and was Cleveland’s first-round selection (15th overall) in the June 2009 Draft. 
? McBride Wars… White won the award, but that does not discredit the recent accomplishments of outfielder Matt McBride. The Akron slugger batted .435 (10-for-23) in six games last week, doubling four times along with two home runs, six runs scored and seven RBI. McBride will be one of the leading candidates for the upcoming Eastern League Player of the Month as in 24 games since June 28th, the 25-year-old easily leads the EL with 12 home runs, a .870 slugging percentage and a 1.297 OPS. 
? Sun Devil Surprise… Another hot hitter for the Aeros is the second baseman Kipnis, who was Cleveland’s second-round selection in the June 2009 Draft. He is now batting .474 (18-for-38) over his last nine games played dating back to June 15th, increasing his Double-A batting average to .329 in 37 games. On the season in 91 combined contests between Akron and Class A Kinston, the converted outfielder out of Arizona State University is batting .313 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs, 66 runs scored and 47 RBI. 
? No Joshing… The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday that right-hander Josh Tomlin will make his major-league debut in a start Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. Tomlin, a 25-year-old native of Tyler, TX, was 14-9 with a 4.16 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for the Aeros in 2009, just the third player in franchise history to win at least 14 games in a single season. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros begin this week’s seven-game home stand with a 21-6 record in their last 27 games at Canal Park and have won nine consecutive games in Ohio dating back to July 7th.

Recap 07/25: Aeros and Phillies Suspended, Tied at 5-5

READING,
PA – Sunday’s finale between the Aeros and the Reading Phillies was suspended
in the bottom of the fourth inning and will resume on Tuesday, August 17th.
The score was 5-5 with two outs in the frame before the rain halted action and resulted
in an afternoon-ending 31-minute rain delay.  Akron fielder Jerad Head homered for the fifth
time in eight games as the Aeros remain 53-47 on the season and Reading is
49-50.

Center
fielder Jordan Henry began the game on a strong note as he doubled and scored
on sacrifice fly in the first. Akron then continued to pounce on Phillies
starter Ty Taubenheim in the second, taking a 2-0 lead on an RBI single from
left fielder John Drennen while Head followed with a two-run homer to right on
his first pitch.

Reading
responded in the bottom of that second as Kevin Mahar provided a solo home run
with one out against lefty starter Kelvin De La Cruz. A bases loaded walk to
Matt Rizzotti in the third then cut the deficit to only 4-2 for the host
Phillies.

Akron
added their final run on a run-scoring single from second baseman Jason Kipnis
in the fourth while De La Cruz left the game in the chaotic fourth. A double,
three walks, a single and a wild pitch scored a pair of runs before reliever
Bryan Price entered the game and forced the inning’s second out on a fielder’s
choice. With Rizzotti at the plate and facing a 0-1 count with runners on first
and third against Price, the rain halted play.

The
continuation will take place on August 17th starting at 6:05 p.m.
and will be followed by that evening’s regularly scheduled game in seven
innings. That night marks the start of yet another three-game series at First
Energy Stadium in Reading for the Aeros, the final meetings in a stretch of 14 games
in four weeks between these two teams. Today’s statistics for both teams will
only count after the completion of the resumption of the game.

Following
the game Sunday, the Aeros returned home to Akron for Monday’s start of a
weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Tomorrow is Dollar Dog Monday with a 7:05
p.m. first pitch against the second-place Bowie Baysox while all Aeros fans can
acquire FREE ticket vouchers for the game at any local Ritzman Pharmacy
location.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino (9-3, 3.71 ERA) will make the start Monday night
for the home team against Bowie’s Chorye Spoone (7-5, 3.70 ERA). Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Monday evening’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50
p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #97: 07/21/10

GAME #97 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #51 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (51-45) vs. ALTOONA CURVE (57-38) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Tuesday Thunder… The Akron Aeros smashed five homers Tuesday night for a sixth consecutive win at Canal Park by the score of 10-3 over the first-place Altoona Curve. Second baseman Jason Kipnis began his career performance with a leadoff home run in the first and Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo later scored on a Beau Mills RBI single. Altoona tied the game at 2-2 in the third but third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo shot to regain the lead. The home team then scored seven times in the fourth on a two-run homer by John Drennen, a three-run shot by Kipnis and finally, a two-out, two-run blast by Mills. The Curve scored the game’s final run in the sixth inning against new Akron reliever Rob Bryson as left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5) earned the win and Altoona’s Jared Hughes allowed all 10 runs (six earned) and the five home runs in taking the loss. 

? Curveball… De La Cruz earned his second straight victory Tuesday night, limiting the Curve to two runs on six hits in five innings pitched. The 6’5″ left-hander struck out three against three walks, continuing a solid stretch after going 10 straight outings without a win. The 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic improved to 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in four July starts. 
? Home, Sweet Home… Reliever Bryan Price avoided damage in the sixth inning Tuesday after replacing Bryson, who threw three wild pitches and walked four straight batters. Entering with no outs, Price recorded a strikeout and an inning-ending double play and he now has a 0.73 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched at Canal Park this season with 23 K’s against only four walks. 
? Kardiac Kipnis… No player has been hotter in minor league baseball over the past week than the 23-year-old Kipnis. He had his first-ever two-homer game Tuesday and his leadoff shot was Akron’s first since Brad Snyder on May 26th, 2006. Kipnis has led the team to a six-game winning streak since last week’s EL All-Star Break, batting .600 (15-for
-25) with five RBI. The converted outfielder out of Arizona State University currently ranks among the top 10 in MiLB in batting average, hits, extra-base hits (six), total bases (25), on-base percentage (.643), slugging percentage (1.000) and OPS (1.643) over the past six days. 
? Going the Distance… Akron’s five home runs Tuesday set a new season-high, breaking the record of four previously set on July 2nd at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. That night, Matt McBride tied a franchise-record with three homers in his first three at-bats. The Aeros now have eight long balls in this set against Altoona, already the most in any three-game series this year. 
? On the Road… Tonight marks the end of a weeklong home stand for Akron against the Erie SeaWolves and the Curve. After the series finale, the Aeros head to Reading for a four-game weekend series before returning again to Canal Park next Monday. That contest will mark the beginning of another seven-game stretch in Akron against the Bowie Baysox and the Reading Phillies. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:  
The Akron Aeros hold a perfect 6-0 record since the Eastern League All-Star Break, collecting 34 extra-base hits en route to 7.5 runs scored per game and a .629 slugging percentage.
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