Recap 07/12: Aeros End First Half with 4-2 Loss to Erie

ERIE,
PA – The Akron Aeros lost 4-2 to the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park Monday
evening, concluding concluded the first portion of the Eastern League regular
season schedule. Erie’s victory helped the host team manage a four-game series
split with the Aeros as starting pitcher Thad Weber pitched eight innings in earning
the win. A three-run third inning homer by Rawley Bishop provided all the
scoring the Wolves (38-53) would need as the loss dropped Akron to an even 45-45
at the midway point of the 2010 season.

Aeros
starting pitcher Eric Berger stranded a pair of base runners in the first
inning before running into serious trouble in the third. The left-hander
allowed a single and a walk to start the rally, and then with one out, the
designated hitter Bishop unloaded a 2-2 pitch to the left field bleachers,
giving Erie the quick 3-0 advantage.

Meanwhile,
the righty Weber cruised through the opposing lineup in the early part of the contest.
He held Akron scoreless through the first six innings with five hits and no
walks, while his offense again broke through against new reliever Bryan Price.

Left
fielder Deik Scram drew a one-out walk, stole second base and promptly advanced
to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Price. Catcher Andy Bouchie then
plated the fourth unanswered run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to right
field.

In
the eight, the Aeros finally managed to score runs against Weber thanks to the
hot bat of designated hitter Matt McBride. Right fielder John Drennen singled
with a pair of outs and McBride homered immediately after, providing the final
margin of the contest.

Weber
(6-9) earned the win as he permitted just two runs total on eight hits with
three strikeouts in his eight innings pitched. Berger (4-5) took the loss in
struggling through the first five frames and Erie reliever Lester Oliveros
earned his first save of the season.

McBride’s
lone hit extended his road on-base streak to all 41 of his games played away
from Canal Park this year and marked his team-leading 13th home run.
Drennen also finished with two hits while streaking left fielder Tim Fedroff
collected three more singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games.

The
Eastern League will enjoy a collective day off Tuesday before the EL All-Star
Game at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA Wednesday night. Three Aeros players,
infielder Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and right-handed pitcher
Paolo Espino will participate in the contest before the second half resumes the
next day.

The
Aeros and the Wolves then continue their season series in the opener of a
weeklong home stand Thursday night at Canal Park. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. on
another Thirsty Thursday and it is Affiliates Night, meaning many of the
mascots in the Indians organization will be on hand. Akron lefty Kelvin De La
Cruz (1-5, 5.69 ERA) will look for his first win in nearly two months in the start
against a currently unannounced Erie pitcher. Thursday’s radio broadcast begins
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.

—AEROS—

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