Recap 07/07: McBride Stars as Aeros Win Easily 10-2

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros offense picked up steam Wednesday night at Canal Park,
dominating the Trenton Thunder in a 10-2 victory. The outburst followed a
season-low one-hit performance by Akron Tuesday as first baseman Matt McBride
had another dominant outing in front of a crowd of 2,191 fans. The hosts
pounced for five runs in the third inning and four more in the fifth en route
to the win while the pitchers held the Thunder scoreless until the eighth. The
win improved the Aeros to 42-43 on the season while Trenton still leads the
Eastern Division with a 52-33 record overall.

The
scoring began in the second with McBride lofting a solo home run to the left
field bleachers against Trenton starting pitcher Lance Pendleton. The
right-hander then permitted two walks and a single to start the third, and
promptly allowed a run-scoring free pass to Lonnie Chisenhall. McBride followed
with a two-run double to left and designated hitter Beau Mills picked up two
more RBI in extending the lead to 6-0 with a lining single.

A
Jason Kipnis infield single and an error by Trenton first baseman Marcos
Vechionacci then initiated Akron’s rally in the fifth inning. McBride hit a
two-run double for his third extra-base hit in as many at-bats before later
scoring on a wild pitch by reliever J.B. Cox. Right fielder John Drennen and
catcher Miguel Perez ended Akron’s scoring by smacking back-to-back two-baggers
with two outs in the frame to provide for the 10-run advantage.

Aeros
lefty Eric Berger struggled with his control in the start as he allowed six
walks but avoided serious damage to escape with five shutout innings. Relief pitcher
Steven Wright replaced him in the sixth and after two perfect frames, allowed
the only Thunder runs of the night on a two-run home run by third baseman
Justin Snyder in the eighth.

Berger
(4-4) earned the win in just his second start since returning from the disabled
list last Saturday, striking out one and permitting three hits. Pendleton (7-4)
surrendered the first six runs on five hits and three walks in three innings
while Wright allowed just the one hit with five strikeouts in the final four frames
of the game for his fourth save of the year.

McBride
finished the night 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles and a home run as he
collected five RBI overall. His four hits, three extra-base hits and three runs
scored in a game all tied season-highs for any Akron batter and he now leads
the team in hits (81), doubles (18), home runs (11) and RBI (46). Mills drove
in two runs with two hits as well and the eight-run margin of victory was the
largest for the Aeros this season.

The
Akron Aeros hope to secure the series victory in the finale of this quick
four-game home stand at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night at Canal Park. Baseball Bingo
returns to downtown Akron and it is another Thirsty Thursday where fans can
enjoy $1 12-oz. soft drinks and draft beer up until the end of the seventh
inning. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (1-5, 5.71 ERA) hopes to earn his first
victory in nearly two months for the Aeros against D.J. Mitchell (7-3, 6.48
ERA) of the Thunder. Join Jim Clark for Thursday 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

—AEROS—

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