Aerodynamics Game #86: 07/08/10

GAME #86 ? THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Aerial Attack… First baseman Matt McBride led the Aeros with another offensive outburst Wednesday night, as Akron defeated the visiting Trenton Thunder by the final score of 10-2 at Canal Park. McBride began the scoring with a solo home run against in the bottom half of the second inning Trenton starter Lance Pendleton. The Aeros then captured a massive lead thanks to a five-run third inning highlighted by back-to-back two-run base hits from both McBride and designated hitter Beau Mills and then four more runs in the fifth. A two-run home run by Justin Snyder in the eighth was the lone scoring of the night for the Thunder as Akron starter Eric Berger (4-4) earned the win, Pendleton (7-4) took the loss and Steven Wright earned his fourth save. 

? Pride of Bethlehem… McBride has been one of the best players in professional baseball over the last two weeks and he continued his hot stretch Wednesday in Akron. He finished 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored on two doubles and a homer, tying team-high marks for any player in a single game with the hits, doubles, runs scored and extra-base hits. The native of Bethlehem, PA is the reigning Eastern League Player of the Week after collecting six home runs in seven games on the road against Richmond and Bowie. McBride’s long shot Wednesday was his first at Canal Park in 2010 as he now leads all Aeros batters with 81 hits, 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 46 RBI this season. He has now started 31 games at first base and 30 at right field this year, and the Indians selected him in the second round of the June 2006 Draft out of Lehigh University as a catcher. 
? Five-Star… The Akron offense scored 10 runs in just the first five innings Wednesday, and at the exact same time, the left-handed Berger was quietly having another solid outing. The 22-year-old avoided damage with five shutout innings in the contest with one strikeout despite tying a 2010 team-high with six walks allowed. He is now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last seven outings and Wednesday night was the University of Arizona product’s second start since his return from the disabled list last week. 
? Mr. Wright… Wright still managed to record the save Wednesday although the Aeros set a new season-record with their eight-run margin of victory. The former University of Hawaii Warrior allowed just one hit in those frames, the two-run home run by Snyder in the eighth, and also struck out five against no walks.. He is now tied with Omar Aguilar for the team-lead among active pitchers with four saves and right-handed batters are batting only .197 (13-66) against him this year in Double-A. 
? Wild, Wild West… Along with Akron’s Wednesday victory, the second-place Bowie Baysox lost moving the Aeros to only 2.5 games out of the wild card spot in the Eastern League’s Western Division. Bowie still trails first-place Altoona by 8.5 games with 40% of the regular season left to play and the top two teams from each division will advance to the EL Playoffs in September. 
The Akron Aeros pitching staff still leads the Eastern League with 662 strikeouts through 85 games played this season and the offense has struck out 500 times, the fewest in the EL.

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