Aerodynamics Game #88: 07/10/10

GAME #88 ? SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros continued their winning ways Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie by dominating by the SeaWolves with a 10-1 victory. The nine-run margin of victory was the largest by the team this season, eclipsing the previous eight-run mark set last Monday against the Trenton Thunder. Designated hitter Matt McBride began the scoring with an RBI double in the first and Erie designated hitter Michael Betram tied the score at 1-1 with a solo homer to right field in the second. Akron then scored three more times in the fourth inning and extended the lead to seven with four runs in the seventh. First baseman Beau Mills capped the night with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, providing for the final margin of the game. Aeros starter Paolo Espino (8-3) earned the win by allowing one run in five innings while lefty Ramon Garcia (0-5) took the loss. 

? Star in the Sky… The Eastern League All-Star Espino had another solid start Friday night in his return to the starting rotation. He permitted just four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the outing, making only one major mistake on the home run by Bertram. The 23-year-old Panama native has worked at least 4.2 innings in all 12 of his starts this season and is also 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six relief appearances. His eight wins now rank tied for fourth in the league and he was named earlier in the week as a replacement for closer Bryce Stowell in the EL All-Star Game, to be played Wednesday at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Mills led the Akron offensive attack Friday in Erie as he finished 3-for-4 at the plate with his sixth home run of the season. He also recorded four RBI and tied a team-high for the year with three runs scored, marking yet another solid outing since returning from an intercostal strain and a nearly three week stint on the disabled list. The first baseman is now batting .378 (14-for-37) with three home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI in nine games played since his return on June 29th. 
? Six Flags… Reliever Chen-Chang Lee replaced Espino in the sixth inning Friday and had one of his finest outings of the 2010 season. He faced the minimum while striking out six batters in three innings pitched as he only allowed a lone walk that was eventually erased via a double play. A native of Taiwan, Lee is 4-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 28 games on the year, but the 23-year-old now has 14 strikeouts against just two hits and one unearned run allowed in seven innings over his last four appearances. The Indians signed Lee in September 2008 and he had a 3.35 ERA in 45 contests with the Class A Kinston Indians last season. 
? Back to the Future… Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall left the Aeros today for Anaheim, CA to participate in tomorrow’s XM MLB All-Star Futures Game. Named the second-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the 2010 season by Baseball America, the third baseman Chisenhall will also appear in the EL All-Star Game Wednesday after being selected by fan voting. 
Designated hitter Matt McBride collected three hits again Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie and has now reached base safely in all 38 contests he has played on the road this season.

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