ME – The Aeros pitching staff struggled again Saturday night at Hadlock Field
in Portland, as Akron lost by the final score of 11-5 against the Sea Dogs. Portland
has now won each of the last three meetings between these two teams as their
offense smacked nine extra-base hits on the night. Three defensive errors also
hurt the Akron (33-35) cause and the Sea Dogs improved to 36-31 in 2010.
baseman Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI
double in the top of the first as the Aeros took an early lead. Lonnie
Chisenhall followed with another two-bagger to bring the edge to 2-0 and two
batters later, John Drennen gave the visitors an intimidating three-run
advantage with a sacrifice fly.
would begin their offensive attack with single runs in the first and second
innings before a monster rally in the third. Highly touted Akron starter Alex
White permitted a single, double, triple and homer in the frame while an error
by shortstop Carlos Rivero also helped
the Sea Dogs take a 6-3 lead.
fielder Jordan Henry scored Tim Fedroff on a groundout in the fifth but Aeros reliever
Bryan Price struggled shortly after replacing White. Nate Spears collected an
RBI single and Che-Hsuan Lin made it 8-4 with the second Portland sac fly of
scored their final run of the game on a shortstop Carlos Rivero home run to
lead off the seventh. Unfortunately, the Sea Dogs responded yet again as a
Chisenhall error scored another runner that inning. Luis Exposito then homered
in the eighth and Yamaico Navarro had a run-scoring single to provide for the final
(2-3) took his second loss against Portland in the past seven days while
Stephen Fife (4-1) earned the win despite allowing five runs (four earned) in seven
innings. The struggles for the Aeros
bullpen continued as Price, Shane Lindsay and Chen-Chang Lee combined to permit
seven hits and five runs (three earned) in the last four frames.
Kipnis had a pair of
doubles on the night while Rivero also finished with two hits and his second
homer of the season. Akron also grounded into three double plays while Portland
collected 15 hits along with their five doubles and three home runs.
The Portland Sea Dogs
look for the three-game series sweep and a fourth straight win over Akron
Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch at Hadlock Field. Aeros
left-handed starter Scott Barnes (2-6, 6.18 ERA) will face off in the series
finale against Kyle Weiland (3-4, 4.00 ERA) of the Sea Dogs. Join Ken Carman
for Sunday’s game broadcast, beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and
at www.akronaeros.com. For more
information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.