GAME #98 ? THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
ROAD GAME #47 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA
AKRON AEROS (52-45) AT READING PHILLIES (47-49)
CLEVELAND INDIANS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
? Broomsticks… The Aeros rallied for two runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to defeat the first-place Altoona Curve by the score of 4-2 and finish a perfect 7-0 on their weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Altoona scored first in the first inning against Aeros starter Paolo Espino on an RBI groundout from Gorkys Hernandez. Akron left fielder Jerad Head then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the second inning that preceded a 37-minute rain delay. The score remained until the Curve tied the margin in the sixth before the Aeros rallied against reliever Ramon Aguero in the eighth. Beau Mills tripled to lead while catcher Damaso Epsino broke open the game with an RBI single to left and Tim Fedroff then drew a run-scoring walk. Reliever Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win, Aguero (1-3) took the loss and Shane Lindsay earned his first Eastern League save.
? Quality of Life… The starter Espino recorded his second straight quality start despite taking the no-decision Wednesday night against Altoona. The EL All-Star struck out six batters in six efficient innings, allowing just two runs on six hits total. A 23-year-old native of Panama, the right-hander now has a 3.71 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) for the Aeros this season. He currently leads the team with his 97.0 innings pitched and his 85 strikeouts are tied for the top mark with LHP Scott Barnes.
? General Lee… Akron’s bullpen has been tremendous of late and nobody has been over the past month than the Taiwan native Lee. He struck out two in two shutout innings of relief Wednesday night, allowing just one hit to the seven batters he faced. Overall, Lee has recorded 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts against only four hits and three walks since the seventh inning against the Binghamton Mets on June 25th. He now leads the Aeros with 31 relief appearances this season.
? Beau Knows Hitting… Another impressive Akron star of late has been the first baseman Mills, who tripled to ignite the deciding rally Wednesday. He is now batting .311 (23-for-74) with 17 RBI in his past 19 games since returning from the disabled list with an intercostal strain injury on June 29th. Mills was Cleveland’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the June 2007 Draft.
? Catching On Strong… Espino was the hero Wednesday night as his RBI single in the eighth provided the game’s winning run. The Aeros are now 31-20 when he starts at catcher this season and the 27-year-old out of Panama City, Panama is batting .275 in Double-A. His cousin Paolo earned the win yesterday and is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts with Damaso catching.
? Back in Black…
Left-hander Nick Hagadone returned from the disabled list today and will start for the Aeros in the opener of a four-game road trip in Reading. Hagadone landed on the injured list on July 5th with left shoulder discomfort and will be followed tonight by LHP Eric Berger. To make room on the active roster, Lindsay was transferred to Class AAA Columbus.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Akron’s Matt McBride reached first base on a catcher’s interference Wednesday night for the third time, becoming just the sixth professional player to have at least three this season.