Aerodynamics Game #99: 07/23/10

GAME #99 ? FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? End of an Era… Akron’s seven-game winning streak ended in Reading, PA Thursday night as the Phillies defeated the Aeros by the final score of 4-1 in front of 8,319 fans at First Energy Stadium. Drew Naylor pitched eight efficient innings for the R-Phils in the victory while his offense pounced on Akron lefty starter Nick Hagadone in the first. Reading’s Harold Garcia homered for the first time this season that inning and Kevin Mahar added another solo shot in the fourth. The Aeros scored their lone run of the game when shortstop Carlos Rivero doubled and second baseman Cristo Arnal picked up the RBI on a single to left in the fifth. The Phillies added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings as Naylor (9-7) earned the victory, Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss in his return from the disabled list and Justin De Fratus recorded his first save with Reading. 

? Lefty Lefty… Hagadone remained on a limited pitch count Thursday and was followed by fellow left-hander Eric Berger. The usual starting pitcher permitted three runs (two earned) on six hits in his three innings pitched before leaving in the seventh. Overall, Hagadone and Berger combined to allow all of opposing runs on the night and each of the home runs. Hagadone returned earlier in the day from a two-week stint on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort and will start again Tuesday. 
? Graham Cracker… The first two pitchers struggled Thursday while reliever Connor Graham finished the game with two shutout innings. He replaced Berger in the seventh and stranded both of his inherited runners with a pair of strikeouts. The Bowling Green, OH native now has a 2.50 ERA as a reliever and if qualified, would lead the EL with his 3.23 ground out-to-air out ratio. 
? Drennen Delivers… Right fielder John Drennen recorded a single in Thursday night’s loss in Reading to extend his hitting streak to seven straight games. The San Diego native now ranks sixth in the Eastern League with a .309 batting average this season and has been one of the league’s best players over the past three months. After starting the year 9-for-46 at the plate, the 23-year-old is batting .331 over his past 66 contests dating back to April 25th with 15 doubles, 28 runs scored and 34 RBI. 
? Summer Session… Despite last night’s loss, July has been a great month for the Akron Aeros pitching staff. The team now owns a 2.17 ERA in 20 games this month, opponents have scored more than four runs on only two occasions and never more than six. 
? Major League… The Aeros made another roster move today as the Cleveland Indians activated Shin-Soo Choo from the MLB 15-day disabled list. Choo participated in three games during Akron’s home stand earlier this week, batting .091 (1-for-11) with a run scored and a stolen base. He played alongside teammate and Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera Monday night when he became the fourth different Cleveland player this season to play at Canal Park, also joining Kerry Wood and Russell Branyan. 
After starting the season 6-18 at home and 12-10 on the road, the Akron Aeros are now 21-6 in their past 27 home games at Canal Park yet only 13-12 in their last 25 road contests.

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