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Aerodynamics 08/28: Game #133

Game #133 Saturday, August 28, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Home Game #70 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (68-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-73)

Cleveland Indians            
      Detroit Tigers

Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • The Aeros’ 12 wins against Erie
    are the most they’ve had against any Eastern League team this season. Their
    .750 winning percentage is the second highest behind New Britain (.833).

 

Aerodynamics

  • Walking
    home…
    The Aeros
    pulled away from Erie in the second half of the game to defeat the SeaWolves
    5-2. A scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth inning when the
    Aeros rallied with two outs to score a pair of runs. After catcher Juan Apodaca
    and shortstop Cristo Arnal both hit singles, center fielder Jordan Henry walked
    to load the bases. Second baseman Jason Kipnis also walked to force in the
    first run. Arnal scored soon after on a wild pitch by Brayan Villarreal to give
    Akron a 2-0 lead. Erie answered in the sixth when Brandon Douglas scored from
    third when Bryan Pounds grounded out unassisted to first with one out. Akron
    cushioned their lead on a second bases loaded walk when third baseman Lonnie
    Chisenhall took a base on balls to force in Arnal in the seventh. Designated
    hitter Jerad Head proceeded to hit a double to left center field that scored
    Henry and Kipnis. Erie struck back in the eighth after Rawley Bishop hit an
    RBI-single, but could not take advantage and left the bases loaded as Akron won
    5-2.


  • Mission
    statement…
    Right
    handed starter Corey Kluber earned the win to even out his record at 2-2. The
    Coppell, Texas native allowed one run on eight hits. Kluber struck-out five
    SeaWolves against one walk over seven innings of work. He now has 157 combined
    strikeouts on the year with 136 during his time with the Double A Texas League
    San Antonio Missions. That currently tops the list for most in Double A this
    season, 14 better than Harrisburg’s Tom Milone, and sixth in all of minor
    league baseball.

  • Save
    me…
    Reliever
    Omar Aguilar recorded his seventh save of the season after he came on in the
    ninth to secure the win. The Merced, Calif. native is currently fourth in the
    Eastern League in the category of highest strikeouts per nine innings pitched
    ratio for relievers at 10.53 with 69 strikeouts over 59 innings pitched.

  • Here’s
    Johnny…
    Outfielder
    John Drennen has gone 2-for-4 in each of his past three games against Erie and
    Bowie. The San Diego, Calif. native now has a team-high 36 multi-hit games,
    four ahead of fellow outfielder Tim Fedroff. Drennen currently has a batting
    average of .304, third in the Eastern League behind Bowie’s Ryan Adams (.305)
    and Reading’s Tagg Bozied (.318).


  • Tick
    tock…
    Akron
    remains 3.5 games behind Harrisburg for the Western Division wild card. Bowie
    also remains ahead of the Aeros as the Baysox trail the Senators by 1.5 games.
    The defending Eastern League champions’ elimination number now stands at eight.
    That number will go down by one anytime the Aeros lose or the wild card leader
    wins.


  • Spirit
    fingers…
    On
    Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a foam finger giveaway sponsored by
    the Akron Canton Airport. The airport will also be giving away a free AirTran
    airline voucher to two lucky fans in attendance. Sunday will be the final
    Family Pack Sunday and will be sponsored by the Duquesne Incline where fans can
    buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks, and four bags of chips
    for only $48!

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.

 

Aerodynamics Game #121: 08/19/10

Game #123 Thursday, August 19, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Road Game #60 FirstEnergy Stadium Reading, PA
Akron
Aeros (63-59) at Reading Phillies (59-62)

Cleveland Indians                            Philadelphia
Phillies

Aerodynamics

  • Extra
    innings…
    The Aeros took the Phillies into extra innings Wednesday night,
    but could not pull out the win as they dropped a 3-2 decision on the road. Both
    starting pitchers allowed two-run home runs, but remained solid otherwise. The scoring began in the top of the fourth
    inning when designated hitter Jerad Head extended his hit streak to 16 games
    with a two-run home run over the left field fence, scoring second baseman Jason
    Kipnis, who reached on a walk.
    The R-Phils tied the game in the bottom of
    the sixth when Michael Spidale singled to left field and Tagg Bozied hit his
    third home run of the series to even the score 2-2. After three shutout innings
    by both teams, Reading
    scored the deciding run when John Suomi scored after a fielding error by first
    baseman Beau Mills and a throwing error by Kipnis.

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  • Building
    Barnes…
    Akron’s
    starting pitcher Scott Barnes earned a no decision despite limiting the
    Phillies to just two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked one over
    six strong innings. The Chicopee, Mass.
    native has four straight quality starts of at least six innings pitched and
    fewer than three earned runs.
    During that stretch, Barnes has struck out 22
    batters against eight walks with six runs over 25 innings pitched.

  • Oh my… Right-handed
    reliever Omar Aguilar (2-5) took the loss even though he did not record an
    earned run in his 1.1 innings of work. The
    Merced, Calif. Native holds a 0.00 ERA in his last seven appearances where he
    has allowed just two hits and four walks, while striking out nine batters in
    7.1 combined innings

  • Back and
    forth…
    Akron returns home Friday night to start a three-day weekend series
    with the Harrisburg Senators. The two teams are in the thick of the Western
    Division wild card race, along with the Bowie Baysox. After moving into a tie
    for third place on Tuesday, the Aeros dropped back down to fourth place with
    the 3-2 loss at Reading and the Senators’ 10-1 win over Erie. Bowie fell 3-0 at
    the hands of Trenton, so Akron remains
    two games back of the wild card with 20 games to be decided.

  • Reading
    vs. Jason…
    Infielder Jason Kipnis hit streak ended Wednesday vs. Reading,
    but not before he could extend it to double digits on Tuesday. Kipnis became
    the eighth player on the Aeros to have a hit streak of 10 consecutive games or
    more. So far in the month of August, the Northbrook, Ill. native has hit .356
    (21-59) with seven multi-hit games and nine extra base hits with three home
    runs, three triples, and three doubles. He has hit 14 RBI and scored 11 runs. Kipnis has crossed the plate in six
    straight games for the Aeros, scoring a total of seven runs.
    Wednesday also
    marked the end of the team reaching double hits in four-straight games with New
    Britain and Reading. In those four games, the Aeros belted out 59 hits.

Recap 08/15: Aeros Complete Sweep with 7-0 Win

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros completed a three-game series sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats
with a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 3,359 fans at Canal Park. Akron
recorded another 11 hits in the contest highlighted by a two-run homer from
second baseman Jason Kipnis. With the victory, the Aeros now sport a 62-57
record and trail the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox by 1.5 games while New
Britain fell to 34-87

The
scoring began in the first inning as center fielder Jordan Henry led off with a
single to right. Kipnis followed with a two-run shot off the Miller Lite sign
in center field, and left fielder Tim Fedroff recorded another RBI with a
triple in the second.

In
the fourth inning, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall continued his impressive series
against New Britain with a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-0. The Aeros
added their final runs with one out in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly
from first baseman Beau Mills and a run-scoring single from right fielder John
Drennen.

Akron
starting pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2) delivered six shutout innings to earn his
first win in the Cleveland Indians organization. He allowed just six hits and
one walk while striking out four batters in his third start since joining the
team following a three-team trade that also that sent Jake Westbrook to St.
Louis. New Britain’s Bobby Lanigan (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs
on eight hits in five innings pitched and Aeros relievers Connor Graham and
Omar Aguilar provided three more shutout frames.

The
home run from Kipnis was his 9th in Double-A and he finished 2-for-2
at the plate with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Henry, Chisenhall and
Drennen all finished with a pair of hits as well and the Aeros finished with 48
hits in the three-game series.

Akron has an off day on Monday before traveling to Reading for a
doubleheader that includes the completion of a suspended game from July 25th
and an originally scheduled game that has been shortened to seven innings. They
will pick up action at 6:05 p.m. in the bottom of the fourth inning with the
scored tied 5-5. The pitchers in the opener have not been announced while Aeros
left-hander Matt Packer (0-0, 0.64 ERA) will start against R-Phils righty J.C.
Ramirez (3-3, 5.37 ERA) in the second game. Join Ken Carman for Tuesday night’s
radio broadcast beginning at  5:50 p.m.
on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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 #113: 08/08/10

GAME #113 ? SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010 ? 1:35 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #57 ? NEW BRITAIN STADIUM ? NEW BRITAIN, CT

AKRON AEROS (58-54) AT NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (33-81)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Rock the Boat… The Aeros claimed victory in a slugfest Saturday night, earning a 10-6 victory over the host New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium. The game started off in a back-and-forth contest with an RBI single by shortstop Carlos Rivero giving Akron a 1-0 lead in the second. In the third inning against new Aeros starter T.J. McFarland, Rock Cats slugger Erik Lis then smashed a two-run homer to right and a double-steal, double-error scored two more. The visitors regained a 6-4 advantage in the third thanks to two-RBI singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and right fielder John Drennen. New Britain tied the game later that inning but designated hitter Tim Fedroff scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to give Akron the lead for good. Lonnie Chisenhall then collected two solo home runs in the final three frames to provide for the final margin as reliever Steven Wright (1-1) earned the win with two shutout frames and Rock Cats starter Deolis Guerra (2-8) struggled in taking the loss. 

? Double Trouble… The left-hander McFarland avoided the decision but also had difficulties Saturday night in the close win over New Britain. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings, leaving right after the Aeros regained the lead. The 21-year-old earned the promotion from Class A Kinston to Double-A earlier in the day, and at the time of his promotion, led the Carolina League with 10 wins while posting a 2.81 ERA in 20 games (15 starts). Cleveland selected McFarland in the fourth round of the June 2007 Draft out of Amos Alonso Stagg High School (IL). 
? Wright on Time… Akron’s bullpen Saturday as three relievers combined to deliver five shutout innings with only one hit. The winning pitcher Wright started with three strikeouts and only one walk in his three frames before Bryan Price followed with two more frames to hold the lead. Closer Omar Aguilar then finished the game with a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout and overall, the Aeros bullpen has a 3.28 ERA this season and a sparkling 2.26 ERA in the past 44 games since June 20th. 
? Slugger Surprise… Chisenhall blasted out of a slump late in the game Saturday night to protect the narrow Akron lead. The 21-year-old third baseman finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored for his second multi-homer game in Double-A. He entered the game batting just 1-for-19 during this road trip and now leads the team with 63 runs this season. 
? Catching On… After being acquired Thursday, catcher Juan Apodaca has quickly adapted to the Aeros squad. He collected two singles and two walks in helping the offensive explosion Saturday, now reaching base in six of his first eight plate appearances. 
? Broomsticks… Akron hopes to finish a quick three-game sweep at New Britain Stadium this afternoon to conclude this weeklong road trip. The team returns home Tuesday for six games at Canal Park against Reading again followed by the Rock Cats. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros are second in the Eastern League with a .271 batting average and fifth with a 3.95 ERA, joining first-place Altoona as the only teams to rank top five in both this year.

Aerodynamics Game #106: 08/01/10

GAME #106 ? SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #57 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (56-49) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-54)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Setback… The Reading Phillies scored in each of the final three innings Saturday to complete a comeback in their 8-6 victory in 10 innings over the Aeros at Canal Park. Akron led 2-0 after the first inning thanks to an RBI double by designated hitter Jason Kipnis and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Beau Mills. Reading cut the deficit to a run in the second and the two teams then exchanged scores in the third, fifth and seventh innings. The hosts led 6-4 entering the eighth but the Phillies responded with two doubles that frame, a game-tying wild pitch in the ninth and a rally in the 10th to take the lead. Reading reliever Justin De Fratus (1-0) earned the win while closer Omar Aguilar (2-4) took the loss and Sergio Escalona recorded his 10th save. 

? Bounce-Back Barnes… Left-hander Scott Barnes made his team-leading 20th start Saturday and recorded his fifth quality start in six outings. The 22-year-old native of Chicopee, MA allowed three runs on six hits in six innings pitched, striking out four batters with two walks. He has been much more consistent recently, holding a 4-3 record with a 3.78 ERA in 11 starts since June, limiting opponents to a .238 batting average along with 52 strikeouts against only 19 walks in 64.1 innings pitched. 
? Air Jordan… Nobody has been better this week for Akron than leadoff center fielder Jordan Henry. The speedy product of the University of Mississippi had his first career four-hit performance in Double-A Saturday night along with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Henry now has a seven-game hitting streak and in six games this home stand, is batting .571 (10-for-17) with six walks and seven runs scored. He turned 22 years old on the day of his promotion from Class A Kinston last month. 
? Three-Headed Monster… Following Henry in the lineup, both Kipnis and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall have been hot this week as well. Kipnis had three hits Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games as well while Chisenhall recorded his 11th home run of the season. Combined, the top three hitters for the Aeros are batting .407 (24-for-59) this home stand. 
? Prevent Defense… Akron tied a season-high Saturday with four errors in a game to increase their total to 57 in their last 49 games and 104 this year, fourth most in the Eastern League. Shortstop Carlos Rivero committed two errors in the loss and he now has 24 on the year, nearly doubling his season total of 14 from 2009 when he set a franchise-record with a .972 fielding percentage. 
? Spectacular Sunday… Today’s game marks the end of a four-game series against the Reading Phillies and a weeklong home stand at Canal Park. The Aeros hope to improve to 7-3-3 in their past 13 series with a win and after an off day Monday, the team travels to Blair County Ballpark Tuesday for the start of a crucial four-game set against the first-place Altoona Curve. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros led the 12-team Eastern League with an 18-9 record, .290 batting average and 2.59 ERA in the month of July, but still have two more suspended games left to finish.

Recap 07/31: Aeros Falter Late, Lose 8-6 to Reading in 10th

AKRON,
OH – Akron’s perfect streak of late-inning relief ended Saturday night as the
Reading Phillies scored in each of the final three frames en route to an 8-6
victory in 10 innings at Canal Park. The loss was the first by the Aeros in 50
games this season when leading after the eighth and four defensive errors hurt
the cause on the night in front of 3,925 fans in downtown Akron. Despite the
defeat, the Aeros (56-49) remain one game behind the Western Division wild card
spot while the Phillies improved to 52-53.

Center
fielder Jordan Henry began his impressive night with a leadoff single in the bottom
of the first and designated hitter Jason Kipnis followed with an RBI double.
Two batters later, first baseman Beau Mills gave Akron a quick 2-0 lead with a
sacrifice fly to left.

Back-and-forth
scoring ensued as Reading took advantage of solo homers to lead off the second
and third innings against Aeros lefty starter Scott Barnes. Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor with a towering solo shot of his own that
cleared the right field bleachers in the bottom of that third, maintain a
one-run advantage for the hosts.

In
the fifth, four singles against Barnes tied the score at 3-3 as Michael Spidale
plated Freddy Galvis with a one-out base hit to center. Lo and behold, second
baseman Cristo Arnal and Henry each singled in the bottom half before Kipnis
plated Arnal with another base hit and Henry scored on a misplay at the plate
by catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

Each
teams scored yet again in the seventh as Rich Thompson scored on a groundout to
cut the deficit to 5-4 before a Henry triple extended the lead again.
Unfortunately, the Aeros offense did not respond to three straight rallies that
sealed the comeback victory.

Doubles
by Kevin Mahar and Gosewisch against Akron reliever Steven Wright brought the
margin down to a single run again in the eighth. Closer Omar Aguilar entered
the game in the ninth, but allowed two walks while a wild pitch scored Thomspon
to force extras.

Aguilar
retired the first two batters of the 10th inning but then Galvis
reached base on a single and advanced to second on an Arnal error. Thompson and
Garcia followed with back-to-back RBI hits to provide for the final margin. Henry
dove to catch Mahar’s fly ball on the center field warning track, stranding the
runners and ending the deciding rally.

Reading
reliever Justin De Fratus (1-0) earned the victory with a pair of shutout frames
as the Phillies bullpen closed the door. Aguilar (2-4) took the loss for Akron
in his first blown save, permitting three runs but just one earned.  Barnes had a quality start despite his
no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in his six innings pitched with
four strikeouts.

Henry
finished 4-for-5 at the plate to increase his batting average to .588
(10-for-17) during this home stand while Kipnis was 3-for-5 with his double. Before
tonight’s loss, the Aeros led the league with a 49-0 record when leading after
eight innings this season.

Family
Packs return tomorrow as the Aeros and the Phillies conclude this four-game
series Sunday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. Fans can save $28 on special family packs
of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks for
only $48. Kids can also run the bases following the game and Cleveland Indians
starter Anthony Reyes (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second rehab start for Akron
against Reading’s Michael Cisco (2-7, 5.10 ERA). Sunday’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 #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.
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