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Aerodynamics 08/29: Game #134

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

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

Indians              Detroit

Aeros Stat of the Day:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Recap 08-17 – Aeros Split Doubleheader with Reading Tuesday Night

Aeros split two games with the Reading Phillies Tuesday night after winning the
opening continuation game 8-7, while dropping the second game 9-7 in front of 6,783
at FirstEnergy Stadium. The continuation game was originally started on July 25th,
while the second game was rescheduled for seven innings. Akron
now stands at 63-58 while Reading
stands at 58-62.


continuation game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth with the score tied
5-5 when rain halted play. Center fielder Jordan Henry began the game on a
strong note as he doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first. Akron 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. Right fielder Jerad Head followed with a
two-run homer to right on his first pitch. Reading responded as Kevin Mahar provided a
solo home run with one out against left starter Kelvin De La Cruz. A bases
loaded walk to Matt Rizzotti in the third then made the score 4-2. Akron added their final
run on a single from second baseman Jason Kipnis in the fourth. De La Cruz left
the game in the fourth after a pair of runs scored to tie the game before the
rains came.


Reading resumed action
tonight adding two more runs in the inning when Tagg Bozied hit a two RBI
double. The Aeros responded when Head, who joined the team from Class AAA
Columbus today, hit a three-run home run to take the lead 8-7.


pitcher Rob Bryson earned his first win, and only decision, of the season with
2.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, and three strikeouts. Southpaw Sergio
Escalona (2-7) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on Head’s home


the second game, Akron started scoring early with four runs in the first thanks
to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s RBI double and first baseman Beau Mills
three-run home run. The R-Phils responded with a two-run homer by Bozied.


Aeros added another in the top of the second when Kipnis doubled to left field
scoring shortstop Cristo Arnal. Reading gained the lead in the bottom of the
frame when Tuffy Gosewisch hit an RBI single, followed by Harold Garcia’s
three-run home run to left field.


Akron tied the game 6-6 in
the top of the fourth on an RBI single. Reading
took the lead for good during their next at bat when Freddy Galvis scored on a
wild pitch by lefty starter Matt Packer during Keoni De Renne’s plate appeance,
who soon singled in Harold Garcia. Both teams added runs in the fifth to set up
the final 9-7 score.


took the loss after allowing all nine runs on nine hits with three home runs, a
walk, and a strikeout. Yohan Flande (9-7) earned the win with five innings
pitched, giving up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits, one home run, one
strike out and one walk.


Akron is
now two games back of Bowie for the wild card, but caught up with Harrisburg in
third place in the Western Division after the Senators lost to Erie 4-3. Akron will continue their
series with the Phillies Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Scott Barnes
(6-8, 4.66 ERA) takes the mound for the Aeros
against Reading’s J.C. Ramirez (3-3, 5.37 ERA).
 Join Ken
Carman for Thursday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350
AM and at For more information, please call the Akron
Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 08/11: R-Phils Hold On For 7-6 Victory over Aeros

OH – The visiting Reading Phillies scored seven runs in a chaotic second inning
and survived a vicious Aeros comeback for a 7-6 win at Canal Park Wednesday
night. Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes walked the first five batters in
that second in his new rehab assignment as the Phillies won despite being
out-hit 10 to four. Reading improved to 57-58 while the Aeros fell to 58-57 on
the season, still trailing the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games in the
Western Division wild card race.

retired the side in the top of the first, only needing 11 pitches before
struggling with his control in the second. The first five batters of that frame
walked and Reyes threw three wild pitches to provide for a quick 2-0 deficit.
Freddy Galvis then recorded an RBI single and Michael Spidale drew another free
pass to knock the Akron starter out of the game.

Matt Packer relieved Reyes and allowed all three inherited runners to score on
a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a run-scoring double. That would be all the
damage done against Packer and the Aeros offense responded in the bottom of
that second.

Carlos Rivero smashed a two-run home run to left field to score right fielder John
Drennen and left fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a single to center. After
two more walks by Reading starter J.C. Ramirez and a groundout, second baseman
Jason Kipnis lofted a ground-rule double over the left field wall to cut the
margin to 7-4.

again singled against Ramirez to start the third and two straight fly outs
followed that nearly ended the rally. Catcher Juan Apodaca then smashed a 1-1
offering into the canal in left for a two-run homer of his own to bring the
deficit to just a single run.

would be all of the scoring on the night as both bullpens dominated for the
remaining six innings. Akron stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and a
failed double steal turned into a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end
the bottom of the seventh inning.

reliever Chance Chapman (2-2) replaced Ramirez and provided 2.2 scoreless
innings to earn the victory. Reyes (0-2) took the loss in allowing seven runs
in one plus inning with six walks and a hit, raising his ERA to 25.41 in his
three appearances for the Aeros this season. Packer then dominated in relief,
shutting Reading out for seven frames to and he still leads full-season MiLB
with a 1.48 ERA this year.

finished 3-for-5 with a double while Rivero’s home run was his fifth of the
season. Apodaca starred in collecting his third homer in the Eastern League in
2010, his first in Akron, along with a walk and several impressive plays behind
the plate.

aims for the three-game series sweep in the finale Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
at Canal Park against the Aeros. It is another Thirsty Thursday at the stadium
with fans able to enjoy $1 12-oz. soft drinks and draft beer through the end of
the seventh inning. There
will also be a special guest appearance and autographs at the game from NABA
U.S Heavyweight Champion and Akron’s own Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha.

Left-hander Scott Barnes (6-8, 4.83 ERA) hopes to end the recent Aeros
struggles against recently promoted Austin Hyatt of the Phillies. Join Jim
Clark for Thursday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350
AM and at For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.