GAME #82 ? SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010 ? 6:05 P.M.
ROAD GAME #42 ? PRINCE GEORGE’S STADIUM ? BOWIE, MD
AKRON AEROS (40-41) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (43-39)
CLEVELAND INDIANS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
? Saturday Night Fever… The Bowie Baysox ended Akron’s four-game winning streak Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium with a narrow 4-2 victory. Center fielder Tim Fedroff starred offensively for the Aeros, but Bowie struck first with two runs in the first inning before holding on for the win. Akron tied the score on an RBI double by Fedroff in the third and a run-scoring error by Baysox shortstop Greg Miclat. The hosts then responded to score the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Aeros reliever Steven Wright, collecting back-to-back doubles followed by a Lonnie Chisenhall error at third base. Bowie’s Bob McCrory (1-0) earned the win while Wright (0-1) took the loss and closer Pedro Beato recorded his seventh save of the year.
? De La Cruz Delight… Lefty Kelvin De La Cruz made the start Saturday and had one of his more efficient outings in Double-A. The native of the Dominican Republic permitted two runs in five innings pitched, striking out five while walking two. He entered Saturday with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in his previous eight outings, and the team is now 3-8 overall when he starts. Cleveland signed the soon-to-be 22-year-old back in 2004 and placed him on the 40-man roster in November 2009.
? Tar Heel Tim… Fedroff led Akron Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and the third inning RBI. It was an excellent game for the outfielder as he led off and started in center field for the first time since June 13th because of the rest day for the recently promoted Jordan Henry. A seventh-round selection in the June 2008 Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Fedroff now is tied with outfielder John Drennen for the team lead with 20 multi-hit games.
? Father of McBride… While the offense was lacking Saturday night in Bowie, first baseman Matt McBride doubled in the second inning to continue his incredible week. Over the course of the six road games in Richmond and Bowie, the Lehigh University product is batting .409 (9-for-22) with three walks, two doubles and an unfathomable six home runs. He has also recorded nine RBI during this time along with seven runs scored, and now ranks fourth in the Indians system with 41 RBI this season.
? Stellar Stowell… Akron closer Bryce Stowell pitched a shutout eighth inning Saturday and was promptly promoted to Class AAA Columbus today. He delivered 22.1 scoreless innings in 14 Double-A games and has 74 strikeouts on the year in just 47.2 combined innings between Class A Kinston and the Aeros. Stowell was Cleveland’s 22nd-round selection in the June 2008 Draft.
? Quick Nick… In the corresponding roster move for Stowell’s transfer to the Clippers, the Aeros received LHP Nick Hagadone from Class A Mahoning Valley. Named the third-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the season by Baseball America, Hagadone has not pitched since June 24th for Akron and he will be making the start tonight in the series finale in Bowie.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
With the 4-2 loss at Bowie Saturday night, the Akron Aeros now hold an 8-30 record overall this season when scoring three runs or less in a contest; the team is 32-11 otherwise.