OH – Akron’s offense stayed hot while starter Paolo Espino led the Aeros
pitching staff to a dominant 8-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves Friday night
at Canal Park. The hosts collected 10 hits with six walks highlighted by a
double and a triple from left fielder Tim Fedroff in front of the 7,144 fans in
downtown Akron. Despite the victory over the slumping SeaWolves (38-55), the
Aeros (47-45) remain 2.5 games behind the second-place Bowie Baysox in the Eastern
League’s Western Division.
scoring began early as shortstop Carlos Rivero started the second with a
stand-up triple to dead center field. After two straight groundouts, Fedroff
recorded the RBI on another triple while Erie’s starter Brooks Brown threw a
wild pitch to give Akron a 2-0 lead.
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then made it a three-run game with a run-scoring
double in the third inning, plating Jason Kipnis all the way from first. The
Aeros chased out Brown in the fifth as Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal
Cabrera and Kipnis started a rally with a pair of walks. A double steal and a
throwing error scored Cabrera and after an intentional walk to Beau Mills,
Rivero brought the edge to 5-0 with an RBI single to left.
starter Espino cruised through his six innings pitched while his offense increased
the advantage to 7-0 in the bottom half of that frame. Damaso Espino led off
with a looping double to right and Fedroff again had a clutch extra-base hit
with a run-scoring double before reliever Cory Hamilton permitted two more
walks to Cabrera and Kipnis. With the bases loaded, a fielder’s choice off the
bat of Matt McBride then plated Fedroff.
Aeros scored their final run of the evening in the eighth as pinch-hitter Jerad
Head replaced Cabrera with a one-out double to right field. Head advanced to
third on a throwing error while Kipnis promptly followed with an RBI infield
single to second base.
scored their lone run of the game against reliever Steven Wright in the ninth
as Cale Iorg doubled with one out and pinch-hitter Shawn Roof hit a clutch
single to center.
(9-3) earned the victory with just his second quality start of the season,
blanking the Wolves through six innings on three hits. The Eastern League
All-Star right-hander recorded five strikeouts on the night as he moved into a
tie for second in the league with nine wins this year. Brown (7-6) struggled in
taking the loss as he allowed the first five runs in 4.2 innings and Akron
reliever Omar Aguilar struck out the side in the eighth.
12-game hitting streak ended Thursday night, but he responded with a 2-for-4
performance Friday along with two RBI and two runs scored. Kipnis also starred
with his two singles and three walks while the recovering Cabrera played the
first seven innings again tonight, going hitless in two at-bats with two free
passes and a run scored.
four-game weekend series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on another busy
evening at Canal Park. The Great Transparency leads the way with a pre-game
Faith Night concert at 6:00 p.m. and after the game, it is the second Scout
Night of the season presented by Appalachian Outfitters. Akron lefty Eric Berger (4-5, 4.79 ERA) looks to continue
his solid pitching of late against Erie southpaw Charlie Furbush (1-0, 2.30
ERA). Saturday’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.