OH – Four Aeros pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Tuesday night,
defeating the second-place Bowie Baysox by the final score of 4-0. Led by
rehabbing Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes and a big first inning of
offense, Akron led throughout in a speedy two-hour and 13-minute contest in
front of 2,889 fans at Canal Park. With the win, the third-place Aeros (54-48) jump
back to being only one game behind the Baysox (56-48) in the race for the
Western Division’s wild card spot.
allowed his only hit of his three innings pitched in the top of the first just
before the Akron offense provided all the run support needed on the night.
fielder Jordan Henry started his impressive game with a double to right and
second baseman Jason Kipnis singled against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall made it a 1-0 game with an RBI single to left while designated
hitter Matt McBride then followed with a towering three-run homer to the canal
in left field.
Aeros stranded two more runners later that inning as well and there would be
only six base hits total in the remaining eight frames. Reyes blanked the
Baysox through three before passing the torch to recently promoted reliever Rob
Henson started the top of that fourth with a double and although Joe Mahoney also
drew a walk, Bryson worked out of the damage by forcing three straight outs.
Bowie only threatened again in the ninth when as they stranded runners on first
Connor Graham (3-5) earned the victory for Akron, retiring all six batters he
faced after replacing Bryson in the fifth. Zagone (1-3) took the loss despite
only permitting one base runner after the first inning. Bryan Price then earned
his first save with three more shutout frames while it was an impressive Aeros
debut for Reyes. The right-hander allowed one hit and one walk with one
strikeout in his three innings pitched during his third rehab start following
June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery.
starred offensively as he finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles against
Zagone, increasing his Double-A batting average to .341 in 44 at-bats against left-handers.
McBride’s home run was his team-leading 17th of the season as he
joined two other sluggers for the minor league lead with 11 homers during the
month of July.
Aeros look for the series win in this crucial three-game series at Canal Park Wednesday
night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. All Akron fans can save $28 on Family Packs
specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft
drinks for only $48 total. Lefty Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.20 ERA) makes his
team-leading 20th start of the year for the Aeros against Bowie
left-hander Pedro Viola (3-0, 2.45 ERA). Wednesday 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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330)