Aerodynamics Game #114: 08/10/10

GAME #114 ? TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.



· Rock and Roll… The New Britain Rock Cats avoided a three-game series weep with an 11-3 victory over the Aeros Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium. Starting pitcher Alex White struggled in the game but Akron actually scored first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the third inning. The Rock Cats responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the third by Joe Benson followed by a three-run shot from Erik Lis. Doubles from designated hitter Tim Fedroff and catcher Miguel Perez cut the deficit to 4-2 and right fielder John Drennen added a solo homer of his own in the sixth. New Britain then cruised to control the game after that, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh to provide for the final margin. Starter Kyle Gibson (7-5) earned the victory with his 5.2 innings pitched while White (6-6) took his second straight loss. 

· Battle Tested… Sunday’s rough start was arguably the worst in the brief Double-A career of the Akron ace White. He pitched just five plus innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and two home runs. It finished a road trip where he also took the loss in the opener of last Tuesday’s doubleheader at Altoona. In his past three games (two starts), Cleveland’s first-round pick in the June 2009 Draft now has a 7.04 ERA with 22 hits and 16 runs (12 earned) allowed in only 15.1 innings. 
· Fiery Fedroff… Although the Akron offense has struggled recently, Fedroff has been one of the best contributors over the past two months. He finished 2-for-4 offensively Sunday afternoon with a double, and despite missing a week at the end of last month, he is now batting .396 (38-for-96) with hits in all but three of his past 25 games since June 29th. Fedroff played at the University of North Carolina along with White before he was selected by the Indians in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft. 
· Weekly Wonder… The Aeros awarded left-handed starter Scott Barnes as this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week. Barnes delivered seven shutout innings in Friday’s 2-1 victory over New Britain, recording eight strikeouts against just two hits and four base runners total. He made the start at New Britain Stadium, only 45 minutes away from his hometown of Chicopee, MA and it was the 22-year-old’s fifth scoreless outing of at least five innings out of his team-leading 21 starts this year. 
· Rubber City Reset… Tonight marks the beginning of a six-game weeklong home stand at Canal Park, the longest remaining stretch in Ohio this season. Akron hosts the Reading Phillies for three games through Thursday before playing the Rock Cats again over the weekend. The Aeros then travel to Reading Monday for another series, completing a stretch of 14 meetings in 29 days. 
· Did You Know… Only 10 players from Akron’s opening day roster of 24 men remain on the team entering this week. Nine of the remaining players are with Class AAA Columbus, two are with Class A Kinston and three are no longer in the organization. 
The Akron Aeros offense has collected three runs or less in seven of eight games in August (2-6 record) and opposing offenses are averaging 6.1 runs per game in this stretch.

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