Akron Aeros Name Scott Barnes Player of the Week

AKRON,
OH – Left-handed starter Scott Barnes is the winner of this week’s Akron Aeros
Player of the Week award, the team announced today. He was excellent in his one
start this past week when the Aeros played seven games in six days on the road
against the Altoona Curve and the New Britain Rock Cats. This is the first
weekly recognition of the season for Barnes and he is just the second Aeros
pitcher to win it as well.

Barnes
started Friday night against the Rock Cats and pitched seven scoreless frames
in the 2-1 Akron victory. The lefty pitched dominated in front of 7,268
supportive fans at New Britain Stadium, just 45 minutes away from his home town
of Chicopee, MA. He earned the victory in his homecoming, finishing with eight
strikeouts against two hits, only permitting four base runners total while
retiring 18 of his final 19 batters in the game.

The
performance continued an impressive streak of late for the 22-year-old product
of St. John’s University. In his past 11 starts over the past two months
exactly, he is now 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA despite still never winning back-to-back
games this season. For the year, he holds a 6-8 record and a 4.83 ERA, and
leads the Aeros with 21 games started, 110.0 innings pitched and 99 strikeouts,
fourth most in the Indians Player Development System.

Cleveland
acquired Barnes from the San Francisco Giants in a July 2009 trade for former
Akron Aeros slugger Ryan Garko. San Francisco originally selected Barnes in the
eighth round of the June 2008 Draft and at the time of the trade, he led the
Class A California League with 12 wins and ranked third with a 2.81 ERA. He
quickly earned his first-ever promotion to Double-A with Akron and then was the
winning pitcher for the Aeros in the deciding Game 4 of the 2009 Eastern League
Championship Series.

The Akron Aeros will
award their Player of the Week honor to an individual player every Monday for
the rest of the season. In the case of a Monday closure of the team offices,
the Aeros will announce the award Tuesday. Akron center fielder Jordan Henry won
the award last week, and Barnes is the sixth different player to win the award
in the past eight weeks. This week, the separate Eastern League Player-Pitcher
of the Week Awards went to Portland’s Anthony Rizzo and Erie’s Brooks Brown,
respectively.

Following
last week’s road trip, the Aeros returned to Ohio last night and begin the
longest remaining home stand of the season Tuesday night against the Reading
Phillies. It is a Two for Tuesday at Canal Park starting at 7:05 p.m. and fans
can enjoy buy one, get one free specials on tickets, hot dogs, ice cream,
popcorn and soft drinks. Recently acquired right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75
ERA) will make his second start for Akron against Reading lefty Yohan Flande
(7-7, 4.49 ERA). Tuesday night’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)
253-5151.

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