OH – A crucial seven-run seventh inning powered the Akron offense Monday night
at Canal Park as the Aeros defeated the visiting Trenton Thunder 9-3 in the
first game of a four-game series. A rowdy crowd of 6,859 enjoyed Dollar Dogs in
downtown Akron and witnessed the Aeros storm back in the seventh with a
season-high tying offensive burst. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and
designated hitter John Drennen each had productive nights while Alex White
delivered yet another quality start as Akron improved to 41-42 on the season
and the Eastern Division-leading Thunder fell to 51-32.
helped the host Aeros score early against Trenton starting pitcher Andrew
Brackman. After the 6’10” right-hander retired the first two batters of the first
inning, Chisenhall unloaded on a lining home run to right field, and Drennen
later delivered an RBI single off the glove of first baseman Marcos Vechionacci
to give Akron a 2-0 lead.
Thunder finally scored against White in the top of the fourth thanks to two
straight singles and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Laird. White cruised through
the next two frames before reliever Bryan Price entered the game in the seventh
and allowed the go-ahead runs on two doubles, a single and an error by second
baseman Jason Kipnis.
trailing 3-2, the Akron responded against a trio of Trenton pitchers in the
bottom half of that seventh. Drennen led off with a triple to right field and
Jerad Head hit an RBI double while both Tim Fedroff and Damaso Espino greeted
new reliever Kevin Whelan with singles. Whelan then hit Cristo Arnal with a
pitch to load the bases, and after finally recording the first out of the
inning, he allowed a clutch two-run double to Kipnis.
Schmidt replaced Whelan following that double, and Chisenhall promptly smashed
yet another RBI two-bagger to right field. Drennen provided the final run of the
contest with his second single, scoring Chisenhall and giving the Aeros a
(3-2) earned the win despite his rocky relief outing, allowing four hits and
two runs along with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Brackman (0-3) took the loss
despite an impressive performance through the first six frames, permitting four
runs (three earned) on eight hits. The Thunder scored just one run in six
innings against White, giving the young right-hander his seventh quality start
as he now has a 1.70 ERA in nine Double-A outings.
finished 3-for-4 on the night with his eighth home run of the season and three
RBI and the Aeros collected six extra-base hits overall. Drennen also finished
with three hits and two RBI, Kipnis drove in a pair with his seventh-inning
double and first baseman Matt McBride extended his hitting streak to eight
straight games with a single in the first.
home stand continues Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. for a Two for Tuesday against
the Thunder. All fans can enjoy two-for-one specials on ballpark favorites such
as soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream scoops, along with a special
buy one ticket, get one free offer from KRAFT Singles. Akron left-hander Scott
Barnes (4-7, 5.55 ERA) matches up against Trenton southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa
(2-3, 5.68 ERA) in the contest. Join Jim Clark for Tuesday night’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 at (330) 253-5151.