Recap 06/20: Head Homers Twice in Akron’s 3-2 Victory

ME – Aeros designated hitter Jerad Head delivered a pair of home runs Sunday
afternoon at Hadlock Field in helping Akron avoid a three-game sweep against
the Portland Sea Dogs with a 3-2 win. His solo one-out homers in the sixth and
eighth innings helped the visitors break an early tie while the unpredictable
relieving corps secured the advantage in the final frames. The win was just the
second in the past eight days for the Aeros (34-35) as they finished off their
two week home-and-road series against the Sea Dogs (36-32) and the New
Hampshire Fisher Cats with a 7-5 record.

Kyle Weiland was perfect through three innings while his Akron counterpart
Scott Barnes only surrendered two walks and a single in the early pitcher’s
duel. The Aeros then pounced for a run in the fourth as Lonnie Chisenhall and
John Drennen each drew walks and hot-hitting Tim Fedroff collected a two-out
RBI single.

Sea Dogs tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth by playing a small
ball style of offense. Juan Apodaca hit a leadoff single, Ohio native Will
Vazquez walked while a sacrifice bunt and a Nate Spears sacrifice fly
eventually scored Apodaca. Portland replaced Weiland with Ryne Miller in the
next half inning and after striking out Drennen, he permitted the first solo
shot to center field from Head.

2-1 advantage stayed until the eighth inning where Head was again the second
batter that reliever Mitch Herold faced, and he promptly drilled a 3-1 offering
into the left field bleachers. The final few frames would get dramatic as the
Sea Dogs added in one final run in the bottom half of that eighth on a
run-scoring single by Ryan Khoury. Akron collected three hits in the top of the
ninth but failed to score while closer Bryce Stowell then stranded a runner on
second base with two straight strikeouts to end the game.

Barnes (3-6) was
solid in earning the win, striking out eight Portland batters and allowing just
one run on two hits and five walks in five innings pitched. Miller (2-5) took
the loss by allowing the crucial second run of the ball game and the Akron
bullpen was tremendous for the first time all week. Connor Graham avoided
trouble in two frames while Wright allowed the final run in the eighth and new
closer Stowell recorded his sixth save.

Head’s home runs were
his third and fourth of the season in 22 games played for Akron and it was his
first multi-homer performance since July 14, 2006 with the short-season Class A
Burlington Indians. Chisenhall smacked three hits including a double while
Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to all eight of his Double-A games with
two singles.

The Aeros will be
travelling by bus overnight Sunday on their return back to the state of Ohio
and will enjoy a much-deserved rest day Monday. The team then returns to action
Tuesday night for the start of a weeklong home stand with a 7:05 p.m. first
pitch time at Canal Park against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. It is another
Two for Tuesday and athe second buyout night of the season fans can find FREE
ticket vouchers at any local Applebee’s restaurant.  Aeros lefty Eric Berger (3-4, 5.25 ERA) matches
up in the series opener against Richmond’s Mike MacDonald (1-6, 4.96 ERA). Monday
night’s game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at and for more
information, please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.


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