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Aerodynamics Game #98: 07/22/10

GAME #98 ? THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Broomsticks… The Aeros rallied for two runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to defeat the first-place Altoona Curve by the score of 4-2 and finish a perfect 7-0 on their weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Altoona scored first in the first inning against Aeros starter Paolo Espino on an RBI groundout from Gorkys Hernandez. Akron left fielder Jerad Head then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the second inning that preceded a 37-minute rain delay. The score remained until the Curve tied the margin in the sixth before the Aeros rallied against reliever Ramon Aguero in the eighth. Beau Mills tripled to lead while catcher Damaso Epsino broke open the game with an RBI single to left and Tim Fedroff then drew a run-scoring walk. Reliever Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win, Aguero (1-3) took the loss and Shane Lindsay earned his first Eastern League save. 

? Quality of Life… The starter Espino recorded his second straight quality start despite taking the no-decision Wednesday night against Altoona. The EL All-Star struck out six batters in six efficient innings, allowing just two runs on six hits total. A 23-year-old native of Panama, the right-hander now has a 3.71 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) for the Aeros this season. He currently leads the team with his 97.0 innings pitched and his 85 strikeouts are tied for the top mark with LHP Scott Barnes. 
? General Lee… Akron’s bullpen has been tremendous of late and nobody has been over the past month than the Taiwan native Lee. He struck out two in two shutout innings of relief Wednesday night, allowing just one hit to the seven batters he faced. Overall, Lee has recorded 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts against only four hits and three walks since the seventh inning against the Binghamton Mets on June 25th. He now leads the Aeros with 31 relief appearances this season. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Another impressive Akron star of late has been the first baseman Mills, who tripled to ignite the deciding rally Wednesday. He is now batting .311 (23-for-74) with 17 RBI in his past 19 games since returning from the disabled list with an intercostal strain injury on June 29th. Mills was Cleveland’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Catching On Strong… Espino was the hero Wednesday night as his RBI single in the eighth provided the game’s winning run. The Aeros are now 31-20 when he starts at catcher this season and the 27-year-old out of Panama City, Panama is batting .275 in Double-A. His cousin Paolo earned the win yesterday and is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts with Damaso catching. 
? Back in Black… Left-hander Nick Hagadone returned from the disabled list today and will start for the Aeros in the opener of a four-game road trip in Reading. Hagadone landed on the injured list on July 5th with left shoulder discomfort and will be followed tonight by LHP Eric Berger. To make room on the active roster, Lindsay was transferred to Class AAA Columbus.


Akron’s Matt McBride reached first base on a catcher’s interference Wednesday night for the third time, becoming just the sixth professional player to have at least three this season.

Recap 07/21: Aeros Sweep Home Stand, Defeat Altoona 4-2

OH – The Akron Aeros completed a perfect seven-game home stand Wednesday
evening, defeating the first-place Altoona Curve by the final score of 4-2 at
Canal Park. Catcher Damaso Espino scored the game-winning run with a dramatic
two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning in front of 1,782 fans in
downtown Akron. The win improved the third-place Aeros to 52-45, a season-best
seven games over .500 and only 5.5 games behind the Curve (57-39) in the
Eastern League’s Western Division.

began the scoring in the first against Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino. The
EL All-Star permitted a leadoff triple to shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gorkys
Hernandez promptly gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage with a run-scoring
groundout to first base.

narrow lead did not last for long as the Aeros responded in the bottom half of
the second, Matt McBride reached base to start the inning on a catcher’s
interference following a foul ball against Curve lefty starter Jeff Locke. Two
straight outs ensued before left fielder Jerad Head unloaded on the first pitch
he saw for a two-run homer to center.

Akron leading 2-1 after two innings, a rain delay interrupted the game action
at Canal Park for the second straight night. The pause lasted 37 minutes before
Locke and Espino battled in a pitcher’s duel for the remainder of the next
three frames.

Curve finally broke the standstill in the top of the sixth when Hague collected
a one-out single to right. Third baseman Jordy Mercer then provided a
game-tying double to left-center field, scoring Hague all the way from first

bullpens helped maintain the tie score until the deciding bottom of the eighth
inning against Altoona reliever Ramon Aguero. The right-hander recorded two
quick outs against Cleveland Indians star Shin-Soo Choo and McBride before Beau
Mills started the rally with a triple to center. Aguero then loaded the bases
with a pair of walks and Espino broke upon the game with his single to right on
a 1-2 offering. Tim Fedroff followed with the RBI of the night on a five-pitch
bases-loaded walk, providing for the game’s final 4-2 margin.

Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a pair of strikeouts in
two scoreless innings in relief of Espino. Aguero (1-3) took the loss in his
rough 0.2 innings pitched and Shane Lindsay recorded his first save as a member
of the Indians organization in the ninth. Espino provided six efficient innings
in the no-decision for his third quality start, striking out six batters
against two walks and six hits.

was the hero as he finished 1-for-4 with the clutch RBI in the bottom of the
eighth and Mills was the only Akron batter to finish with two hits. Choo
finished 0-for-4 in his projected final game on rehab assignment while
recovering from a right thumb sprain.

Aeros finally hit the road after the game this evening and begin a four-game
weekend series with the Reading Phillies Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The fun
starts at First Energy Stadium as Akron hopes to win an eighth straight game
with a currently unannounced starting pitcher against Reading’s Drew Naylor (8-7,
4.05 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Thursday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m.
on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at
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Recap 07/18: Aeros Complete Sweep, Rout SeaWolves 11-2

OH – Setting several new season-highs yet again Sunday afternoon, the Akron
Aeros dominated the Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park.
The victory in front of 2,717 fans marked Akron’s first four-game series sweep
of 2010, with the last coming on the final series of 2009 against Erie. The
Aeros slugged 19 hits and seven doubles Sunday, both new yearly records, while
matching the top mark with their nine-run margin of victory. Akron’s win
improved the team’s record to 49-45 while the struggling last-place SeaWolves
(38-57) fell to a season-low 19 games below .500 with the loss.

enough, Erie actually scored first in the ball game against left-handed Aeros
starter Scott Barnes. The visitors rallied in the top of the second inning as
Rawley Bishop drew a leadoff walk and Michael Bertram scored him all the way
from first base with a double. A Justin Henry single later scored Bertram to
provide for the quick 2-0 margin.

would promptly record 11 unanswered runs to end the game and started with a
single tally in the bottom of that second. Designated hitter Jerad Head began
his big day with a double to center and quickly scored on a sacrifice fly by
shortstop Carlos Rivero.

Weber limited the Aeros for the next several innings as both him and Barnes
continued the early pitcher’s duel. The home team then exploded in the sixth,
knocking out Weber with three hits in the first four batters. Catcher Damaso
Espino collected the biggest hit of the frame, giving Akron a 5-2 advantage
with a two-out, two-run single.

blowout continued as the lead stretched to six with three more runs in the next
inning. Jason Kipnis started the seventh with a single against new pitcher Luis
Marte, Jerad Head singled as well and Rivero collected two RBI with a double to
left-center. Drennen also picked up another clutch two-out single before the
offense kept going in the eighth.

left fielder Tim Fedroff’s one-out double ignited the final attack of the
afternoon and he later scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. Head then doubled
home another run to make it 10-2 and Beau Mills provided the final blast with
yet another RBI two-bagger.

(5-8) earned the win in allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts
through six innings pitched. His impressive outing was his fourth consecutive
quality start, tying another 2010 Akron record twice set by Alex White. Weber
(6-10) took the loss while the Aeros pounded the Erie bullpen for seven runs on
10 hits in the final 2.2 innings. Relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay
then closed the door with three shutout frames.

four hits tied another top total for the year and became the first Akron player
to score four runs during a contest during this regular season as well. Every
single player in the lineup finished with at least one hit while seven had
multi-hit performances, led by the two doubles from both Head and Mills, again
tying offensive records in 2010.

This home stand continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros host the first-place Altoona Curve. It is the much-anticipated “Ship
out LeBron James” night at Canal Park where fans make charitable donations of
gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to the game. Tomorrow
marks another Dollar Dog Monday with Akron’s Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA)
starting against Altoona lefty ace Rudy Owens (8-3, 3.00 ERA). Monday evening’s
radio broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #92: 07/16/10

GAME #92 ? FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Thirsty Thursday Triumph… The Aeros began the second half of the Eastern League schedule Thursday night with a 6-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park. A crowd of 2,774 fans in downtown Akron witnessed the host offense take an early 2-0 lead thanks to six hits in the first two innings. The Wolves then scored their only run on a Justin Henry sacrifice fly in the third inning against Aeros starter Kelvin De La Cruz. Three straight singles by Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt McBride began the bottom of the fifth as the team scored two more runs while back-to-back doubles by Beau Mills and Jerad Head created the four-run advantage in the seventh. McBride then capped the night with his team-leading 14th home run of the season in the eighth, giving De La Cruz (2-5) the win with the quality start while Erie starter Anthony Shawler (1-1) took the loss. 

? Kelvin Scale… Thursday night’s performance was the first victory by De La Cruz in precisely two months, dating back to May 15th in his second start in an Akron uniform this season. The 6’5″ left-hander surrendered four hits and two walks in six innings, allowing the lone run while striking out five. The Dominican Republic native had a 6.70 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP over the course of his most recent 10 starts while averaging four and one-third innings per contest. He will turn 22 years old on August 1st and after missing most of last season with a left elbow ligament strain, the Indians placed him on the 40-man roster in November. 
? Welcome Back… Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera began his rehab stint with the Aeros Thursday night and finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also made a pair of nice defensive plays early in the game before leaving in favor of pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cabrera played two games earlier this week with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley and is currently recovering from a fractured left forearm that he suffered on May 17th in Tampa Bay. 
? A Mighty Wind… The Aeros bullpen sealed the victory Thursday by dominating the Erie offense after De La Cruz. Akron relievers Shane Lindsay, Chen-Chang Lee and Zach Putnam provided a perfect three innings with five strikeouts, continuing a very impressive stretch as 10 bullpen pitchers have combined for a 2.54 ERA in the past 56 contests since May 15th. 
? Infield Fly… The five Aeros infielders combined to bat .444 (8-for-18) with three doubles, four runs scored and two walks Thursday night. Chisenhall, Cabrera, Kipnis and Mills all had solid outings while Rivero grounded out to second in his only at-bat. 
? Déjà Vu… Tonight’s contest will be the sixth of eight straight meetings between the Akron Aeros and the Erie SeaWolves. Akron has won seven of 11 so far this season and the two teams will play a total of 22 games against each other overall. The Aeros have a 2.18 ERA as a team while limiting the Wolves to a .199 batting average as Erie has now lost 38 of their past 53 contests. 
The Akron Aeros have a 2.01 ERA over the course of 13 games played in the month of July, improving their team ERA to 4.09 for the season, sixth-best in the 12-team Eastern League.

Recap 07/15: De La Cruz Leads Aeros to 6-1 Win over Erie

OH – Aeros lefty Kelvin De La Cruz earned his first win in exactly two months
Thursday night as Akron defeated the visiting Erie SeaWolves by the final score
of 6-1. The 6’5″ starter allowed just one run in six innings for his second
career Double-A quality start while Cleveland Indians star Asdrubal Cabrera
paced the Aeros offense on his rehab assignment. A crowd of 2,774 fans at Canal
Park witnessed Akron (46-45) claim victory over the SeaWolves (38-54) for the
seventh time in 11 chances this season.

helped the Aeros take the early lead by doubling to start the bottom of the
first and Jason Kipnis promptly followed with a single. Third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall then collected the third straight hit with an RBI single to center
and Akron struck again in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head singled and
Jordan Henry later scored Head from second with two outs on a soft flying
single to center to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

responded in the third inning as center fielder Justin Henry, the brother of
Akron’s Jordan, scored catcher Andy Bouchie on a sacrifice fly. That out then
marked a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired by the red-hot De La

Aeros then pounced for two more runs against new Wolves reliever Josh Rainwater
in the fifth. Rainwater, in his first Double-A appearance of the season,
allowed three straight singles to load the bases and Head drew a one-out bases
loaded walk. The hosts then took a commanding 4-1 lead on a fielder’s choice by
left fielder Tim Fedroff.

Ramon Garcia replaced Rainwater in the sixth and ran into trouble in the bottom
of the seventh. Beau Mills and Head recorded back-to-back lead off doubles
while designated hitter Matt McBride sealed the victory with a solo home run in
the eighth. 

De La Cruz (2-5) struck out five batters against
four walks and two hits in the contest, snapping a stretch of 10 straight starts
without a victory since May 15th. He finished the sixth inning for
just the second time in his Akron career, tying a record he set in his 2010
debut with the team back on May 8th. Erie starter Anthony Shawler
(1-1) took the loss in his four frames and a combination of Shane Lindsay,
Chen-Chang Lee and Zach Putnam out of Aeros bullpen retired all nine hitters in
the final three innings with five strikeouts.

Akron collected 13 hits total as the shortstop Cabrera
finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored before giving way to
pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the seventh. Four other batters had
multi-hit performances led by two singles and two walks from Chisenhall, two
RBI by Head and the team-leading 14th home run by McBride.

home stand continues on another Fireworks Friday at Canal Park with a 7:05 p.m.
first pitch tomorrow. Time Warner Cable presents the fireworks spectacular and
it is a FRITOS® Family Friday
where fans can take advantage of a 10% discount at the Infield Outfitters team
store. It is a battle of Eastern League All-Stars as right-hander Paolo Espino
(8-3, 4.02 ERA) makes the start for the Aeros against Erie’s Brooks Brown (7-5,
3.77 ERA). Friday’s radio broadcast
begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.


Aerodynamics Game #85: 07/07/10

GAME #85 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 




? All Tied Up… The visiting Trenton Thunder evened up this four-game series by limiting the Aeros offense Tuesday night, holding Akron to just one hit in a 3-1 victory at Canal Park. Left fielder John Drennen recorded the lone base hit on a two-out single to right in the bottom of the second and the Aeros then scored first in the fifth. Trenton starting pitcher Wilkin de la Rosa loaded the bases with three walks and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drove home the run on a fielder’s choice. Thunder right fielder Edwar Gonzalez tied the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning with a home run to right and in the seventh, two early singles preceded a walk and the game-winning two-out, two-run single by Jack Rye. Trenton reliever Cory Arbiso (1-1) earned the win with 2.2 shutout innings while Akron starter Scott Barnes (4-8) took the tough loss and closer Ryan Pope recorded his third save of the year. 

? Thunder Storm… Barnes had his second quality start in a row Tuesday night, but fell victim to the lack of run support in his team-leading 16th start of the season. The left-hander out of St. John’s University allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings, nearly escaping the seventh inning jam before a walk and a single ended his night. Despite the loss, Barnes remains the Eastern League leader among starting pitchers with 8.88 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. The Cleveland Indians acquired the 22-year-old Barnes in a trade last July with the San Francisco Giants for Ryan Garko. 
? Kangaroo Shane… Reliever Shane Lindsay replaced Barnes in the seventh inning Tuesday and struck out Gonzalez to end the rally. The righty then recorded another strikeout in a perfect eighth, as the Melbourne, Australia native now has nine strikeouts against no hits and two walks in 4.2 innings pitched during his last three appearances. Cleveland claimed Lindsay off waivers from the New York Yankees on June 1st and after clearing outright waivers again, he returned to the Akron roster on June 30th. 
? What a Relief… Two shutout innings from Lindsay and Chen-Chang Lee Tuesday night continued a very impressive past two months by the Aeros bullpen. Relievers began the year by allowing 69 earned runs in the first 28 contests through May 7th for a 5.26 ERA and since then, a combination of 14 different Akron pitchers have excelled in relief. The bullpen now has a 2.94 ERA over the course of the last 55 games played, permitting only 67 earned runs total with 221 strikeouts in 205 innings pitched. 
? Twinkle, Twinkle… Two former Akron Aeros were recognized for their achievements recently as Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona and Columbus Clippers outfielder Jose Constanza will be participating in their respective All-Star Games. The right-handed Carmona had a 4.32 ERA in 32 career starts in Double-A and will represent the American League while Constanza of the Class AAA International league batted .282 with a franchise-record 49 stolen bases in 130 games played last year. 

The Trenton Thunder limited the Akron Aeros to a season-low one hit Tuesday and the team had previously recorded exactly two hits just once this year on April 20th against Altoona.

Aerodynamics Game #81: 07/03/10

GAME #81 ? SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010 ? 6:35 P.M. 


? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros won their fourth straight game Friday night against the Bowie Baysox, utilizing a season-high four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron struck first on a solo shot by Jerad Head in the second before the Baysox responded to take a 2-1 lead on a Greg Miclat two-run homer. An RBI single by Lonnie Chisenhall tied the score, before a monster five-run fifth inning highlighted by another two-run home run by Matt McBride. The visiting Aeros extended their lead to 9-2 with two more blasts of the solo variety from Chisenhall and Beau Mills, while Bowie two final runs in the eighth and ninth innings to provide the final margin of the game. Akron’s Shane Lindsay (1-0) earned his first win in the Cleveland organization in relief of starter Eric Berger while Baysox starter Nate Nery (0-3) was shelled in the loss. 

? Aussie Open… The 25-year-old Lindsay struck out four batters in his two scoreless innings Friday night in his first outing since his return to the Aeros roster. The Indians designated the Melbourne, Australia native for assignment on June 22nd and after clearing outright waivers, he returned to the active roster Wednesday. He began the year pitching for Class AAA Colorado Springs in the Colorado Rockies organization and now has a 1.42 ERA with 11 K’s in his five total relief appearances for Akron. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Mills’ home run in the seventh inning Friday was a huge sigh of relief for the Aeros first baseman. It was his first homer in a span of 56 contests for the team dating back to May 3rd, including a personal 16-game stretch on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. He was activated Wednesday and is batting .214 (3-for-14) with two runs scored and two RBI since his return. Cleveland selected Mills in the first round (13th overall) in the June 2008 Draft out of Lewis & Clark State. 
? Deadliest Catch… The hitting from the backstop position continues to be a wonderful surprise for Akron in 2010 as starting catcher Damaso Espino finished 2-for-4 Friday night with a pair of RBI. He is now batting .307 in 40 games played this season and has been complemented as well by his backup Miguel Perez. The former Altoona Curve catcher has a .321 batting average in his 17 contests, and the Aeros have a 32-24 record overall when either one starts a game on the year. 
? Power Party… Friday night’s offensive explosion highlighted a recent stretch of impressive hitting for the now red-hot Akron Aeros. The team is now batting .303 with an average of 10.7 hits and 3.2 extra-base hits per contest in the last nine games dating back to June 24th against Richmond. The Aeros currently rank third in the Eastern League on the season with a .286 batting average, fifth with a .393 slugging percentage and sixth with a .335 on-base percentage. Meanwhile, the team has also jumped to only 2.5 games behind the Baysox for the crucial second-place wild card spot in the Western Division. 
The Akron Aeros have now collected seven home runs in their past two games against the Bowie Baysox after previously not exceeding three homers in any two-game stretch this season.

Recap 07/02: Aeros Win Fourth Straight, Defeat Bowie 9-4

MD – The Akron Aeros offense stayed hot in Maryland Friday night as they
defeated the Bowie Baysox 9-4 thanks to a season-high four home runs. Jerad
Head, Matt McBride, Lonnie Chisenhall and Beau Mills all homered in the contest
as the Aeros won their fourth game in a row. It was yet another crucial win for
Akron as they moved back to .500 for the season at 40-40 overall, moving just
2.5 games behind the Baysox (43-38) for second place in the Western Division.

helped the Aeros begin their domination of left-handed Bowie starter Nate Nery
in the top of the second. After back-to-back outs by McBride and Mills began
the frame, the right fielder Head launched the next pitch into the left field
bleachers for a home run.

Greg Miclat led a Baysox response in the bottom half of that second as he
smashed a two-out, two-run homer against starter Eric Berger. Akron center
fielder Jordan Henry promptly began the third with a single, advanced to second
on a groundout and scored on an RBI base hit to right field by Lonnie
Chisenhall, tying the game at 2-2.

Aeros broke the game open from there, knocking Nery out of the game with a five-run
fifth inning. Henry singled and after two straight groundouts, McBride hit his
sixth home run of the week to left field. Two singles followed while John
Drennen then doubled home a run and Espino scored two with a two-bagger of his
own to create the 7-2 advantage.

Shane Lindsay replaced Berger in the fifth as the Akron offense continued to shine.
The third baseman Chisenhall homered with two outs in the sixth against
rehabbing Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez while Mills led the seventh with another
solo shot.

by seven runs, there was virtually no shot of a home comeback for Bowie
although they certainly threatened in the final two frames. Right fielder Tyler
Henson tripled to start the eighth and scored on a fielding error by Head while
a Carlos Rojas sacrifice fly plated the final run of the game in the bottom of
the ninth inning.

(1-0) earned the win in his first relief appearance since returning to the
active Akron roster on Wednesday. The Australia native struck out four batters
in two innings pitched with one walk and two hit by pitches, as he followed
Berger who allowed two runs in his four frames of work. Nery (0-3) struggled
and took the loss on the night, permitting two homers and the first seven runs
on 12 hits overall.

Aeros finished with exactly two base hits in the victory while the left fielder
Drennen led the way with two doubles and a single to extend his hitting streak
to 11 straight games. McBride has now homered in four of five games this week
and leads the team with 10 home runs on the season. The home run by the first
baseman Mills was also his fourth of the season and his first since May 3rd,
including a 16-game stint on the disabled list.

hopes to defeat Bowie again Saturday night for the sixth game of this weeklong
road trip. The contest begins at 7:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium and
features a pitching matchup between lefty Kelvin De La Cruz (1-5, 5.94 ERA) of
the Aeros and righty Steve Johnson (3-5, 5.12 ERA) of the Baysox. Join Jim Clark
for Saturday’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.


Aerodynamics Game #71: 06/23/10

GAME #71 ? WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 


? Squirrel Attack… The Aeros lost the opener of their weeklong home stand at Canal Park Tuesday night by the final score of 3-2 against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. A solid crowd of 5,652 fans watched the visiting Squirrels pounce for four runs in the very first inning against surprise Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz. Aeros relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay then allowed two more runs in the top of the eighth inning while Richmond starter Mike MacDonald limited the Akron offense all game until shortstop Carlos Rivero smacked a solo home run to start the bottom of the eighth. That started a dramatic rally for the Aeros as third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall also drew an RBI walk but Flying Squirrels reliever Tony Pena Jr. then struck out Matt McBride to strand the bases loaded. MacDonald (2-6) permitted just two singles, a walk, and the solo homer in 7.1 efficient innings pitched, his longest start of the season, while De La Cruz (1-4) took the loss and Pena recorded his fifth save. 

? De La’s Dilemma… Manager Joel Skinner decided upon the last-second pitching change for Akron Tuesday night because normally scheduled starter Eric Berger was suffering from back stiffness. This moved De La Cruz to the starting role for yesterday instead of Wednesday, but still on his usual four days of rest because of the off day Monday. The 22-year-old Dominican native permitted four runs six hits and three walks with three strikeouts, continuing a rough stretch over his last five starts. He is now 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA since May 31st with 28 hits and 18 walks permitted but only 12 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched. 
? Awesome Aguilar… The only Aeros pitcher to have much success against the Squirrels Tuesday night was reliever Omar Aguilar. He induced a double play to strand two inherited runners in the sixth and faced just five batters total in two frames with a strikeout. Aguilar now has a 1.47 ERA in the seventh and eighth innings combined this year with 25 K’s against only eight walks. 
? Here is the Future… Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was named Tuesday to the roster of the United States team in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game. Cleveland’s first-round pick in the June 2008 Draft will be the 14th Aero to appear in the event Sunday, July 11th at Angels Stadium. Baseball America tabbed Chisenhall as the second-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the season, and he is batting .337 with 21 RBI in 22 games since returning from the disabled list on May 28th. 
 ? Meet Me Halfway… Richmond’s victory Tuesday night moved the fifth-place Squirrels just 1.5 games behind the Aeros for third in the Western Division. Approaching the season’s halfway point, the Eastern League-leading Altoona Curve (46-24) have a 10-game lead over the Bowie Baysox (36-34) and it is close from there as Akron trails Bowie by just two games for second place. The Harrisburg Senators (34-37) are sandwiched in the middle and one-half game behind the defending 2009 EL Champions.
Tonight marks the exact midpoint of the 142-game Eastern League regular season and the Akron Aeros

are now on pace for 69 wins, which would be the team’s worst mark since 2004.

Recap 06/22: Flying Squirrels Capture Opener 6-2

OH – The Richmond Flying Squirrels won their first game against the Aeros this
season by the final score of 6-2 at Canal Park Tuesday night. Richmond starter
Mike MacDonald was brilliant in front of the 5,652 fans in downtown Akron as he
delivered his finest start of the year and the visitors led the entire way
after scoring four runs in the very first inning. The loss was the sixth in
eight contests for the reeling Aeros (34-36) while the fourth-place Flying
Squirrels (33-38) broke a five-game losing streak with the victory.

Richmond attacked in
the top of the first against surprise Aeros starter Kelvin De La Cruz as the
lefty allowed back-to-back one-out walks. Squirrels right fielder Roger
Kieschnick then delivered a huge two-run double on a towering fly ball to
center field and Michael Ambort plated him with another single to make it 3-0.
Three batters later, catcher Jackson Williams provided the frame’s final run on
a sacrifice fly to right field.

De La Cruz settled
down after that and the contest was scoreless from the bottom of the first
through the end of the seventh inning. Kieschnick helped the visitors strike
again in the top of the eighth on an RBI single against Akron reliever
Chen-Chang Lee. The Squirrels followed with three straight walks including a two-out
run-scoring free pass permitted by new relief pitcher Shane Lindsay.

Akron’s offense
followed immediately with a dramatic bottom of the eighth with the hosts still
trailing Richmond 6-0. Shortstop Carlos Rivero homered on just the second pitch
of the inning from MacDonald on a deep fly ball to the canal in left. An error
and two bases on balls followed while third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drew
another RBI walk to cut the deficit to just four. Flying Squirrels reliever
Tony Pena Jr., the fourth pitcher of the frame, then struck out Matt McBride
looking to strand the bases loaded.

The ninth inning went
smoothly from there as Lindsay allowed just one hit by pitch and Pena retired
all three Aeros hitters to end the comeback attempt.

De La Cruz (1-4) took
the loss after serving as a last-minute replacement for scheduled Akron starter
Eric Berger, who was suffering from back stiffness.  He permitted the first four runs on six hits
and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings pitched. MacDonald
improved to 2-6 on the season with the win as he allowed just two singles, a
walk and the solo home run in 7.1 innings pitched while Pena earned his fifth

Rivero’s homer in the
seventh was his third of the season and was a clutch hit to start the rally
after he previously hit into double plays in the second and fifth innings. Chisenhall
was the only Aero to reach base twice with his run-scoring walk and a single
while second baseman Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 to end his eight-game Double-A
hitting streak.

This three-game
series continues Wednesday night as the Aeros and Flying Squirrels have a 7:05
p.m. first pitch at Canal
Park. Fans can purchase
Family Pack specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and
four soft drinks for just $48, a savings of $28! Because of Berger’s late scratch,
Akron has yet to announce their first pitcher for tomorrow while Felix Romero
(0-1, 4.60 ERA) is Richmond’s expected starter. Wednesday’s game broadcast
begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.