MD – Matt McBride smacked three homers to lead the Aeros to a crucial 5-0
victory over the host Bowie Baysox on Thursday night. The 25-year-old first
baseman came close to setting a new Akron franchise record in front of 3,316
fans at Prince George’s Stadium as lefty starter Scott Barnes shined with seven
stellar shutout innings. With the third straight win, the Aeros (39-40) now
trail the Baysox (43-37) by only 3.5 games for the second- place wild card spot
in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
fantastic performance by McBride began in the top of the first inning against
Bowie starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall singled
to right with two outs while McBride pounded the next pitch to make it a 2-0
flied out to start the fourth inning while McBride continued his dominance
against Tanaka with another homer to left. As Barnes cruised against the Baysox
attack, the Aeros manufactured another run to take a 4-0 advantage in the fifth
on a one-out RBI single by Cristo Arnal after Tim Fedroff doubled to lead off
was the victim to a similar fate in the sixth inning as he started the frame by
forcing Chisenhall to fly out to right field. On a 1-1 pitch, the unstoppable
McBride hit his third straight home run to left field to provide the final
scoring of the night.
then had one final chance to make history with Jason Kipnis on first base and one out
in the eighth inning against Baysox reliever Josh Perrault. He drew a
first-pitch ball, fouled off a grounder and then sadly flied out to rehabbing
Baltimore left fielder Felix Pie. The game ended quietly after that as Bowie collected
just five singles, a double and a walk overall.
(4-7) was spectacular as he scattered just five hits in his seven dominant
innings along with only one walk and four strikeouts. It was his fourth no-run outing
of at least five innings pitched this season, although the inconsistent
left-hander entered the contest Thursday with a 6.16 ERA. The game was also his
team-leading 15th start of the year and he remains in the Eastern
League for starters with 9.21 strikeouts per nine innings.
Tanaka (4-8) had one of his worst performances of the season in taking the loss
and allowing all five runs scored. Akron relief pitcher Connor Graham then delivered
two shutout frames to secure the team’s sixth shutout during the 2010 season.
McBride’s historic performance was the sixth three-homer outing in Aeros
history, the last done by Stephen Head on August 8th, 2008. McBride
has now reached base in all 34 of his road games this season along with all
nine of his home runs, and now has five homers in just four games on this
current road trip. His three runs scored also tied a season-high for an Akron
player as six other batters collected a single hit on the night.
Aeros look to stay hot and win a fourth straight game Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. Akron has yet to announce their starter to
match up against Baysox left-hander Nate Nery (0-2, 4.91 ERA). Join Jim Clark for
Friday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.