GAME #74 ? SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
HOME GAME #39 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH
AKRON AEROS (36-37) VS. BINGHAMTON METS (37-36)
CLEVELAND INDIANS NEW YORK METS
? Rubber City Ruin… The visiting Binghamton Mets held on late at Canal Park Friday night as the Aeros struggled offensively in a 5-3 loss in downtown Akron. The Aeros offense struck early thanks to a season-high two triples but faltered late despite many opportunities in front of a solid crowd of 7,374 fans. Left fielder
Tim Fedroff tripled and later scored in the second inning while John Drennen repeated the act with a triple of his own in the third, scoring on an infield single by Jerad Head. The two-run lead would not last as the Mets attacked for three in the sixth highlighted by a go-ahead two-run homer by catcher Mike Nickeas against Aeros starter Alex White. Binghamton added to the lead in the seventh with two more, while Akron scored the final run but stranded the bases loaded later that frame. B-Mets lefty starter Mike Antonini (5-5) earned the win with 5.1 innings pitched while White (2-4) took yet another tough loss and Manuel Alvarez recorded his third save of the year.
? Snow White… The home run in the sixth inning Friday night was a product of yet another Akron error as third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall fumbled a grounder with no outs. That play made all three runs unearned against White, giving him a 1.77 ERA in his seven Double-A starts. The 21-year-old right-hander now leads the team with five quality starts and he ranks third among full-season Indians pitchers with a 2.34 ERA. Offensive support has been somewhat of an issue for White in his 15 outings between Class A Kinston and Akron, as his team is averaging only 3.1 runs scored per contest. Baseball America ranked him as the ninth-best Indians prospect prior to the 2010 season and he was selected in the first round of the June 2009 Draft.
? Illustrious Ichabod… The designated hitter Head had another solid evening Friday in the loss against Binghamton, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI infield single. The Washburn University product has been one of the team’s offensive leaders in June and he is now batting .310 (13-for-42) over his past 13 games with six walks, three home runs, 10 runs scored and six RBI.
? Ducks on the Pond… Akron struggled offensively Friday because of poor clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. As a whole, the team finished 2-for-16 with a runner on second and/or third base on the night and stranded 12 men on base overall. Thus, the Aeros collected only three runs total despite three singles, four extra-base hits, six walks and two hit by pitches.
? Rodriguez Returns… The Akron Aeros completed their roster at 24 men today as IF Josh Rodriguez was received from Class AAA Columbus. Cleveland’s second round pick in the June 2006 Draft out of Rice University, Rodriguez was having an incredible past month for the Clippers. He batted .341 with six homers in 26 games total and had a .413 (24-for-58) batting average in his last 16 contests. Akron’s roster had been at 23 after the Indians designated RHP Shane Lindsay for assignment Thursday.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Akron Aeros left 12 runners on base during Friday night’s loss to the Binghamton Mets and now have stranded an Eastern League-high 540 men on base in 73 games this season.