Recap 07/18: Aeros Complete Sweep, Rout SeaWolves 11-2

AKRON,
OH – Setting several new season-highs yet again Sunday afternoon, the Akron
Aeros dominated the Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park.
The victory in front of 2,717 fans marked Akron’s first four-game series sweep
of 2010, with the last coming on the final series of 2009 against Erie. The
Aeros slugged 19 hits and seven doubles Sunday, both new yearly records, while
matching the top mark with their nine-run margin of victory. Akron’s win
improved the team’s record to 49-45 while the struggling last-place SeaWolves
(38-57) fell to a season-low 19 games below .500 with the loss.

Oddly
enough, Erie actually scored first in the ball game against left-handed Aeros
starter Scott Barnes. The visitors rallied in the top of the second inning as
Rawley Bishop drew a leadoff walk and Michael Bertram scored him all the way
from first base with a double. A Justin Henry single later scored Bertram to
provide for the quick 2-0 margin.

Akron
would promptly record 11 unanswered runs to end the game and started with a
single tally in the bottom of that second. Designated hitter Jerad Head began
his big day with a double to center and quickly scored on a sacrifice fly by
shortstop Carlos Rivero.

Thad
Weber limited the Aeros for the next several innings as both him and Barnes
continued the early pitcher’s duel. The home team then exploded in the sixth,
knocking out Weber with three hits in the first four batters. Catcher Damaso
Espino collected the biggest hit of the frame, giving Akron a 5-2 advantage
with a two-out, two-run single.

The
blowout continued as the lead stretched to six with three more runs in the next
inning. Jason Kipnis started the seventh with a single against new pitcher Luis
Marte, Jerad Head singled as well and Rivero collected two RBI with a double to
left-center. Drennen also picked up another clutch two-out single before the
offense kept going in the eighth.

Leadoff
left fielder Tim Fedroff’s one-out double ignited the final attack of the
afternoon and he later scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. Head then doubled
home another run to make it 10-2 and Beau Mills provided the final blast with
yet another RBI two-bagger.

Barnes
(5-8) earned the win in allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts
through six innings pitched. His impressive outing was his fourth consecutive
quality start, tying another 2010 Akron record twice set by Alex White. Weber
(6-10) took the loss while the Aeros pounded the Erie bullpen for seven runs on
10 hits in the final 2.2 innings. Relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay
then closed the door with three shutout frames.

Head’s
four hits tied another top total for the year and became the first Akron player
to score four runs during a contest during this regular season as well. Every
single player in the lineup finished with at least one hit while seven had
multi-hit performances, led by the two doubles from both Head and Mills, again
tying offensive records in 2010.

This home stand continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros host the first-place Altoona Curve. It is the much-anticipated “Ship
out LeBron James” night at Canal Park where fans make charitable donations of
gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to the game. Tomorrow
marks another Dollar Dog Monday with Akron’s Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA)
starting against Altoona lefty ace Rudy Owens (8-3, 3.00 ERA). Monday evening’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.

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