GAME #117 ? FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
HOME GAME #61 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH
AKRON AEROS (59-57) VS
. NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (34-84)
CLEVELAND INDIANS MINNESOTA TWINS
? Thursday Triumph… The Aeros prevented a three-game sweep at the hands of the Reading Phillies with a 3-2 walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth inning at Canal Park. Reading took the early 1-0 lead against Akron starter Scott Barnes on a solo home run by Tagg Bozied to begin the top of the second. A third inning two-out RBI single from Jason Kipnis tied the score and a double and two sacrifices against reliever Connor Graham gave the Phillies the lead again. The Aeros then rallied against closer Sergio Escalona in the ninth with a walk and an infield single from Kipnis before third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall tied the score with an RBI single to right. First baseman Beau Mills followed with a fielder’s choice to f
irst and Kipnis slid safely at home to end the game. Bryan Price (5-3) earned the win for the Aeros in relief and Escalona (2-7) blew the save in taking the loss.
? Scott’s Storm… Thursday marked yet another quality start for the consistent left-hander Barnes at Canal Park. The 22-year-old St. John’s University product delivered six efficient innings against just two hits and a lone run with five strikeouts in taking a no-decision. It was his sixth quality start in his last eight outings and he now has a 5-3 record and a 3.19 ERA with 59 strikeouts against only 22 walks in his last 12 games since June 9th. Cleveland acquired Barnes in a July 2009 trade from the San Francisco Giants for Ryan Garko and he was the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 4 of last year’s Eastern League Championship Series.
? Easy Money… Price pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday night against Reading to improve upon his impressive 2010 Akron statistics. He lowered his ERA to 0.60 in 16 Canal Park games, recording 28 strikeouts with only four walks in 30.0 innings. Price will turn 24 years old in the coming off-season and was acquired in last year’s Victor Martinez from the Boston Red Sox.
? Jason Lives… The second baseman Kipnis led the Aeros offense again in the series-ending victory Thursday. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the June 2009 Draft finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, a run scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to six games. The performance was his 20th multi-hit game in just 53 outings in Double-A after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston on June 10th. In his first full season of professional baseball, the product of Arizona State University has a .317 batting average in 107 combined games with 27 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs, 76 runs scored, 60 RBI and an impressive .905 OPS.
? Boom and Bling… Tonight begins Akron’s three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Fireworks will follow Friday’s game sponsored by the Wing Warehouse at Canal Park and on Saturday, the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a special replica of the 2009 Akron Aeros EL Championship ring from Distillata Water.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Thursday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over the Reading Phillies was Akron’s fifth win this season when trailing after eight innings, the most such victories in all of Double-A baseball in 2010.