Aerodynamics Game #81: 07/03/10

GAME #81 ? SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010 ? 6:35 P.M. 


? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros won their fourth straight game Friday night against the Bowie Baysox, utilizing a season-high four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron struck first on a solo shot by Jerad Head in the second before the Baysox responded to take a 2-1 lead on a Greg Miclat two-run homer. An RBI single by Lonnie Chisenhall tied the score, before a monster five-run fifth inning highlighted by another two-run home run by Matt McBride. The visiting Aeros extended their lead to 9-2 with two more blasts of the solo variety from Chisenhall and Beau Mills, while Bowie two final runs in the eighth and ninth innings to provide the final margin of the game. Akron’s Shane Lindsay (1-0) earned his first win in the Cleveland organization in relief of starter Eric Berger while Baysox starter Nate Nery (0-3) was shelled in the loss. 

? Aussie Open… The 25-year-old Lindsay struck out four batters in his two scoreless innings Friday night in his first outing since his return to the Aeros roster. The Indians designated the Melbourne, Australia native for assignment on June 22nd and after clearing outright waivers, he returned to the active roster Wednesday. He began the year pitching for Class AAA Colorado Springs in the Colorado Rockies organization and now has a 1.42 ERA with 11 K’s in his five total relief appearances for Akron. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Mills’ home run in the seventh inning Friday was a huge sigh of relief for the Aeros first baseman. It was his first homer in a span of 56 contests for the team dating back to May 3rd, including a personal 16-game stretch on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. He was activated Wednesday and is batting .214 (3-for-14) with two runs scored and two RBI since his return. Cleveland selected Mills in the first round (13th overall) in the June 2008 Draft out of Lewis & Clark State. 
? Deadliest Catch… The hitting from the backstop position continues to be a wonderful surprise for Akron in 2010 as starting catcher Damaso Espino finished 2-for-4 Friday night with a pair of RBI. He is now batting .307 in 40 games played this season and has been complemented as well by his backup Miguel Perez. The former Altoona Curve catcher has a .321 batting average in his 17 contests, and the Aeros have a 32-24 record overall when either one starts a game on the year. 
? Power Party… Friday night’s offensive explosion highlighted a recent stretch of impressive hitting for the now red-hot Akron Aeros. The team is now batting .303 with an average of 10.7 hits and 3.2 extra-base hits per contest in the last nine games dating back to June 24th against Richmond. The Aeros currently rank third in the Eastern League on the season with a .286 batting average, fifth with a .393 slugging percentage and sixth with a .335 on-base percentage. Meanwhile, the team has also jumped to only 2.5 games behind the Baysox for the crucial second-place wild card spot in the Western Division. 
The Akron Aeros have now collected seven home runs in their past two games against the Bowie Baysox after previously not exceeding three homers in any two-game stretch this season.

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