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Aeros Recap 08/26: Aeros Shutout SeaWolves 12-0

The Aeros won their third consecutive game with an impressive 12-0 shutout
against Erie. Akron gave up only four hits on the evening in front of 7,765
fans at Canal Park while improving to 67-64 as the last-place SeaWolves dropped
to 59-72.

 

Akron
jumped out to an early lead with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out solo
home run in the first inning. The Newport, N.C. native now has 17 round trips
and has tied current Columbus Clipper Matt McBride for the most by any Aeros
player this season.

 

The
Aeros scored a second run in the third when second baseman Jason Kipnis came in
from second after a throwing error by Bryan Pounds, who attempted to get the
third out on a force at second. Right fielder John Drennen doubled the lead in
the next frame with a two-run home run that also scored catcher Miguel Perez
after he reached safely on a single. Left fielder Tim Fedroff duplicated
Drennen’s effort with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth that brought in
first baseman Beau Mills.

 

Akron
poured on the runs in the seventh in a rally started by designated hitter Jerad
Head when he hit an RBI single up the middle to score center fielder Jordan
Henry from second. Mills then walked to load the bases to set up Perez. The
Caracas, Venezuela native singled to score Kipnis, but an error on Erie’s left
fielder Brandon Jones allowed Head to come home. Drennen made it 11-0 with a
deep double to left-center field that brought home Mills and Perez. Erie hurt
itself again when Pounds threw the ball wide of first base and Drennen advanced
home from second to make it 12-0.

 

Right-handed
starter Alex White had a fantastic outing as he improved to 8-7 with three hits,
five strikeouts and one walk. He threw seven shutout innings, matching his
longest outing of the season. SeaWolves starter Anthony Shawler, now 4-3, took
the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, three home runs,
and seven strikeouts.

 

The
Aeros didn’t receive any help tonight in the Western Division wild card race as
Bowie came back to defeat New Britain and Harrisburg defeated Trenton. Akron
remains 3.5 games back of the second-place Senators, but now has an elimination
number in single digits at nine with 11 games to play.

 

Fireworks
sponsored by KeyBank will follow Friday’s game and will be the last of the
season. Join Jim Clark for Thursday’s internet-only
broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. at www.akronaeros.com
as right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.66 ERA) faces the SeaWolves’
righty Brayan Villarreal (0-3, 4.13 ERA). For more information, please call the
Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

 

Aerodynamics Game #114: 08/10/10

GAME #114 ? TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.

HOME GAME #58 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH
AKRON AEROS (58-55) VS. READING PHILLIES (55-58)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

Rock and Roll… The New Britain Rock Cats avoided a three-game series weep with an 11-3 victory over the Aeros Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium. Starting pitcher Alex White struggled in the game but Akron actually scored first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the third inning. The Rock Cats responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the third by Joe Benson followed by a three-run shot from Erik Lis. Doubles from designated hitter Tim Fedroff and catcher Miguel Perez cut the deficit to 4-2 and right fielder John Drennen added a solo homer of his own in the sixth. New Britain then cruised to control the game after that, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh to provide for the final margin. Starter Kyle Gibson (7-5) earned the victory with his 5.2 innings pitched while White (6-6) took his second straight loss. 

Battle Tested… Sunday’s rough start was arguably the worst in the brief Double-A career of the Akron ace White. He pitched just five plus innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and two home runs. It finished a road trip where he also took the loss in the opener of last Tuesday’s doubleheader at Altoona. In his past three games (two starts), Cleveland’s first-round pick in the June 2009 Draft now has a 7.04 ERA with 22 hits and 16 runs (12 earned) allowed in only 15.1 innings. 
Fiery Fedroff… Although the Akron offense has struggled recently, Fedroff has been one of the best contributors over the past two months. He finished 2-for-4 offensively Sunday afternoon with a double, and despite missing a week at the end of last month, he is now batting .396 (38-for-96) with hits in all but three of his past 25 games since June 29th. Fedroff played at the University of North Carolina along with White before he was selected by the Indians in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft. 
Weekly Wonder… The Aeros awarded left-handed starter Scott Barnes as this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week. Barnes delivered seven shutout innings in Friday’s 2-1 victory over New Britain, recording eight strikeouts against just two hits and four base runners total. He made the start at New Britain Stadium, only 45 minutes away from his hometown of Chicopee, MA and it was the 22-year-old’s fifth scoreless outing of at least five innings out of his team-leading 21 starts this year. 
Rubber City Reset… Tonight marks the beginning of a six-game weeklong home stand at Canal Park, the longest remaining stretch in Ohio this season. Akron hosts the Reading Phillies for three games through Thursday before playing the Rock Cats again over the weekend. The Aeros then travel to Reading Monday for another series, completing a stretch of 14 meetings in 29 days. 
Did You Know… Only 10 players from Akron’s opening day roster of 24 men remain on the team entering this week. Nine of the remaining players are with Class AAA Columbus, two are with Class A Kinston and three are no longer in the organization. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros offense has collected three runs or less in seven of eight games in August (2-6 record) and opposing offenses are averaging 6.1 runs per game in this stretch.

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 #104: 07/30/10

GAME #104 ? FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #55 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (55-48) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-52)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELP
HIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Thursday Triumph… The Aeros won 6-5 in dramatic fashion Thursday night against the Reading Phillies, utilizing a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth from catcher Miguel Perez. The back-and-forth game began with an RBI triple from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the first before the Phillies responded with four unearned runs. A Jason Kipnis two-run triple and a Chisenhall groundout tied the game in the third and Reading took the lead at 5-4 in the seventh. Chisenhall then picked up his third RBI of the night on a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. First baseman Beau Mills doubled to lead off the ninth, moved to third on a groundout and after an intentional walk, Perez ended the game with his fly ball to left field. Closer Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a perfect ninth and Reading’s James Anderson (0-3) took the loss. 

? It’s Tribe Time… Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood started for Akron Thursday and retired all three batters he faced in his lone inning pitched. He forced a soft lineout before a pair of groundouts to second base, throwing just eight pitches, all strikes, in the first. The 33-year-old veteran is currently on the MLB 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. 
? Carolina Cool… Usual starter Alex White made his first career professional relief appearance Thursday night as he replaced Wood in the second inning. The 21-year-old native of Greenville, NC struck out a career-high eight in 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks. Over his past seven outings since June 25th, Cleveland’s first-round (15th overall) pick in the June 2009 Draft is now 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only five walks in 43.2 innings. 
? Hot Corner, Hot Bat… Akron’s offensive star Thursday was Chisenhall, who finished 3-for-4 with his triple and three RBI. The performance continued an impressive past week for the second-rated prospect in the Indians organization, according to Baseball America. He is now batting .412 (7-for-17) over his modest four-game hitting streak with a home run and seven RBI. 
? Five for Fighting… The Aeros now have the best batting average in the Eastern League thanks to an impressive top half of the lineup. Akron’s first five batters are now batting .368 (75-for-204) with 47 runs scored and 40 RBI in the past 10 games. Center fielder Jordan Henry and recently promoted Matt McBride have led the way along with Mills, Kipnis and Chisenhall. 
? Wild, Wild West… With Thursday’s victory, the third-place Aeros now trail the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve by only 4.5 games. The Bowie Baysox currently lead the wild card race with a one-game lead over Akron, but there remain at least 37 games for all three teams this regular season. The 4.5-game margin is the closest the Aeros have been to first place since April 27th. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros have an 11-1 record in their last 12 home games since July 7th, averaging 6.5 runs scored while the pitching staff has a 2.48 ERA in 109.0 innings pitched.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). Join
Jim Clark for Friday night’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox
Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). Join
Jim Clark for Friday night’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox
Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #94: 07/18/10

GAME #94 ? SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010 ? 1:35 P.M. 

HOME GAME #48 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (48-45) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (38-56) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? The Comeback… Akron’s hot streak continued Saturday night as the team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a narrow 6-5 victory over the visiting Erie SeaWolves. The early part of the game was a pitcher’s duel between Aeros lefty Eric Berger and SeaWolves southpaw Charlie Furbush but Erie then struck first for three runs in the fifth on two RBI singles and a run-scoring passed ball. Akron right fielder Matt McBride promptly cut the deficit to 3-2 with a two-run double before Cesar Nicolas of the SeaWolves followed with a two-run homer in the sixth. Aeros slugger Jerad Head then responded with a solo shot in the bottom half of that inning and still trailing 5-3, the Aeros rallied in the bottom of the seventh against Furbush and Erie reliever Zach Simons. Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall started with back-to-back doubles, first baseman Beau Mills tied the game with an RBI single and catcher Miguel Perez delivered the game-winner to score Mills on a two-out lining single to left. Reliever Bryan Price (4-2) earned the win, Simons (2-4) took the loss and closer Zach Putnam earned his third save of the season. 

? Priceline… Erie’s offense finally woke up Saturday at Canal Park, but Price was solid as he faced the minimum with four strikeouts and one hit allowed in two shutout innings. The outing by the 23-year-old right-hander was yet another impressive one at home this season, as he is now 3-1 with a 0.82 ERA and a .210 batting average against in 22.0 innings pitched in Akron. 
? Daily Double… The second baseman Kipnis and the third baseman Chisenhall led the Akron offense Saturday night in the team’s third straight victory over the last-place SeaWolves. The young duo that make up the second and third batters in the Aeros lineup finished a combined 4-for-8 with a walk, three runs scored and two doubles last night. Kipnis is now batting .309 in 31 games in Double-A and has a combined batting average .304 this season including 54 contests with Class A Kinston. Meanwhile, the Eastern League All-Star and XM All-Star Futures Game participant Chisenhall also recorded his 40th RBI, third on the team. 
? Movin’ On Up… After recording the save Saturday, Putnam earned his first-ever promotion to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers and the Aeros received RHP Rob Bryson from Class A Kinston. Putnam has spent the past 14 months with the Aeros ever since his May 2009 nod from the K-Tribe while Bryson will join the team after going 2-1 with one save and a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings in the Carolina League. He was acquired by the Indians in the June 2008 C.C. Sabathia trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. 
? Jolly July… The Aeros are now three games over .500 for the first time since mid-April and have been red-hot in many different categories. The offense has 16 extra-base hits in the past three contests, catchers Damaso Espino and Perez have combined to throw out 45.3% of 53 base stealers since May 21st and the team is out-scoring opponents by 40 runs in the 15 games in July. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros pitching staff now has 17 strikeouts against zero walks in the past two games, and has only allowed 55 free passes with 172 total strikeouts in 19 contests since June 27th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The
Aeros will look to earn their first four-game series sweep of the year in
tomorrow’s finale at 1:35 p.m. at Canal Park. Fans can save $28 on Sunday family
packs of four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of chips for only $48. Lefty
Scott Barnes (4-8, 5.08 ERA) makes the start for Akron against SeaWolves right-hander
Thad Weber (6-9, 3.93 ERA). Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast begins at 12:50
p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #89: 07/11/10

GAME #89 ? SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010 ? 1:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #45 ? JERRY UHT PARK ? ERIE, PA 

AKRON AEROS (45-43) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (36-53) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Showdown… The Aeros stayed hot Saturday night with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park. A crowd of 4,546 fans in Erie witnessed the performance by the dominant Akron pitching staff while the offense provided just enough run support in the end. Catcher Miguel Perez reached base on an error to begin the third and three batters later, second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled for the game’s first RBI. Left fielder John Drennen followed with another run-scoring single and first baseman Matt McBride then homered to start the sixth inning. After a walk and a hit by pitch, third baseman Cristo Arnal ended the scoring with a single to center field, securing the 4-0 margin. Starter Alex White (4-4) was dominant again for the Aeros as he held the SeaWolves scoreless through the first six innings of the contest and Erie starter Duane Below (3-8) took the loss. 

? Quality Control… White has been starring in the Akron starting rotation ever since his promotion from Class A Kinston on May 23rd and he proved it again Saturday night in Erie. He struck out seven batters while allowing just four hits and a walk, recording his fourth straight quality start and 12th quality start in his past 16 outings overall. The 21-year-old now has a 1.53 ERA in 10 his starts in Double-A with a .190 batting average against, and has been even better over his past four outings. He has allowed just two earned runs on 19 hits over 24.1 innings pitched since June 25th, striking out 15 against three walks. White also drew a pair of walks and scored a run offensively Saturday as an odd lineup mistake forced the pitcher to bat and lose the designated hitter. 
? Sun Devil Pride… Another young pleasant surprise for the Aeros this year has been Kipnis, who doubled twice in Saturday’s victory over the SeaWolves. He is now batting .298 with 21 runs scored and a .381 on-base percentage in 28 games played in Double-A, continuing the same type of offensive production he had with Class A Kinston before his promotion on June 10th. The Arizona State University product was a second-round selection by the Indians in the June 2009 Draft. 
? Joyous July… Much like in June, Akron has been one of the most Eastern League successful teams in the early part of July. The Aeros are now 7-3 this month and are out-scoring their opponents by a tally of 59 runs scored to only 26 allowed. The pitching staff has been the main surprise, posting a 2.07 ERA in July with a .193 batting average against in 91.1 innings pitched. A total of 14 Akron pitchers have combined to strike out 93 batters against a very impressive 1.09 WHIP so far this month. 
? Streak for the Cash… Akron’s offense has been hot over this four-game winning streak and features several notable current feats. Center fielder Tim Fedroff extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with a single Saturday night while McBride’s home run helped him to reach base safely on the road again, a stretch lasting all 39 games away from Canal Park this year.

 

AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
Saturday night’s 4-0 victory at Jerry Uht Park in Erie was Akron’s seventh shutout of the season, second in the Eastern League, and the team now ranks sixth with a 4.17 ERA.
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