Aerodynamics Game #70: 06/22/10

GAME #70 ? TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

? Sunday Survival… Akron avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Portland SeaDogs with a 3-2 victory at Hadlock Field Sunday afternoon. The Aeros struck first with a single run in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single by left fielder Tim Fedroff and the SeaDogs tied the frame in fifth on a sacrifice fly. Jerad Head then began his monster outing with a solo home run with one out in the top of the sixth to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage. Head did it again in the eighth, doubling the advantage with his second homer of the contest while Portland plated a final run in the eighth. Each team rallied but failed to score in the ninth as Akron starter Scott Barnes (3-6) earned the victory, SeaDogs reliever Ryne Miller (2-5) took the loss in allowing the first Head home run and new closer Bryce Stowell recorded his sixth save of the season with another scoreless appearance. 
? Red Storm… Barnes held down the fort for the Akron offense Sunday at Hadlock Field, delivering yet another solid start. He allowed just one run on two hits and five walks, and struck out eight batters to move into a tie for third in the Eastern League with 67 K’s on the season. The St. John’s University product has been lights out in his four starts during the month of June where he is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA and has recorded an amazing total of 28 strikeouts with just seven walks in 21.2 innings pitched. 
? Double Trouble… The designated hitter Head had a career performance during Sunday’s close win against the Portland SeaDogs. He became the first Aero this season to homer twice in a game and it was his first multi-homer outing since July 14, 2006 with the short-season Class A Burlington Indians. With his two shots Sunday, all four of his Akron homers this season have now been of the solo variety. Head turned 27 years old last November and began the 2010 season with the Class AAA Columbus Clippers after appearing at seven different positions in the field and batting .282 in 98 contests with the Aeros last year. 
? Dazzling Debut… Second baseman Jason Kipnis won the first-ever Akron Aeros Player of the Week Award Monday for the week between June 14th and June 20th. He had a team-leading .375 (9-24) batting average in the six road games along with three doubles and two home runs. Since earning the promotion from the Class A Kinston Indians on June 10th, the 23-year-old Arizona State University product now has hit safely in all eight of his games for Akron. Cleveland selected the Illinois native in the second round of the June 2009 Draft and he ranks sixth in the Indians system with a .308 batting average this season. 
? Rocket J. Squirrel… The Aeros begin their home stand tonight for the opener of a mid-week series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Squirrels are the newest team in the Eastern League and remain an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants after formerly being the Connecticut Defenders. Akron defeated the Defenders in the 2009 Eastern League Championship Series.
The Portland Sea Dogs won two out of three against the Akron Aeros at Hadlock Field this past weekend, the first regular season series victory for Portland against Akron since 1999.

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