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Aerodynamics Game #109: 08/04/10

GAME #109 ? WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 ? 7:00 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #52 ? BLAIR COUNTY BALLPARK ? ALTOONA, PA

AKRON AEROS (56-52) AT READING PHILLIES (63-46)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Twin Killing… The first-place Altoona Curve swept a doubleheader with the Aeros Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark, earning a 4-3 victory in the opener followed by a 3-2 win in 10 innings in the nightcap. A two-run triple by Jason Kipnis gabe Akron an early 3-1 lead in the first game heading into a chaotic fourth inning. Starter Alex White (6-5) took the loss as he surrendered four hits in the frame, including a pair of RBI singles with two outs to provide for the final margin. Altoona lefty Justin Wilson (9-6) earned the victory while Michael Dubee recorded his second save. In the second contest, left-hander Matt Packer limited the Curve attack through seven innings in his Akron debut but reliever Bryan Price (4-3) permitted the walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Altoona reliever Dustin Molleken (4-4) picked up the win with a perfect top half of that inning. 

? Black and Blue… Tuesday’s opener was a rare struggle for Akron’s ace as he allowed four runs on seven hits with only two strikeouts in five frames. The four earned runs were the most by an Eastern League opponent against White in 14 outings so far this season and he had permitted just five earned runs in his last seven games spanning 43.2 innings pitched (1.03 ERA). 
? The Cavalier… Packer made an impression Tuesday as he nearly battled his way toward an Aeros victory. He earned the promotion from Class A Lake County earlier in the day and gave up just two runs (one earned) in seven innings last night. The product of the University of Virginia also recorded six strikeouts against one walk in the game, continuing his phenomenal 2010 season. Combined between the Captains of the Midwest League and the Aeros, the 22-year-old Packer now leads all of full-season minor league baseball with a 1.58 ERA in 102.2 innings pitched and has 98 strikeouts against just 14 walks as well. 
? Second Half Surprise… The best offensive player for Akron Tuesday was the second baseman Jason Kipnis, who finished 4-for-7 in the two games to continue his recent hot streak. The 23-year-old converted outfielder is batting .420 (29-for-69) with 18 runs scored in only 17 contests since the EL All-Star Break. He now ranks third in the Indians system with a .316 batting average combined this season and Cleveland selected Kipnis in the second round of the June 2009 Draft out of Arizona State University. 
? Beau Knows Best… First baseman Beau Mills is another impressive hitter of late and he doubled home the only Aeros RBI in the second game Tuesday. He returned from an intercostral strain on June 29th and since, has a .307 (35-for-114) batting average with five home runs and 25 RBI in 30 games. He was a first-round (13th overall) selection by the Indians in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Montero’s Moment… After 17 plate appearances, Aeros left fielder Lucas Montero collected his first career Double-A hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s finale. He is now batting .063 (1-for-16) since his promotion from Class A Kinston last week. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Despite an Eastern league-leading 36-22 record since May 31st, the Akron Aeros still rank last in the EL with a 1-6 record in extra innings and a 1-5 record in doubleheaders this season.

Recap 08/03: Altoona Sweeps Tuesday Twin Bill with Aeros

ALTOONA,
PA – The first-place Altoona Curve defeated the Aeros twice Tuesday evening,
earning a 4-3 victory in Game 1 followed by a 3-2 victory in the 10th
inning in the finale.  Akron ace Alex
White took the loss in the opener in front of 4,542 fans at Blair County
Ballpark while a quality start from lefty Matt Packer in his Akron debut was
not enough in the extra-inning finale. Akron (56-52) has now lost four straight
and moved into a fourth place tie in the Western Division with Harrisburg as Altoona
improved to 63-46.

Altoona
started the scoring in the bottom of the first against White in the opener. An
RBI single by Andrew Lambo preceded an Aeros outburst against Curve lefty
Justin Wilson in the second. Four hits, highlighted by back-to-back two-out
hits from center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis, gave the
visitors an early 3-1 lead.

The
lead did not last long as the Curve responded in the bottom of the fourth
inning with two outs and runners on first and third base. Yung-Chi Chen later
delivered a two-run single and Chase d’Arnaud provided the game-winner on a
base hit to right-center.

Wilson
(9-6) retired the final 10 batters he faced through his six innings pitched,
earning the crucial win while recovering from the rough second inning. White
(6-5) allowed four earned runs for the first time in 14 Double-A outings,
permitting seven hits in five frames. Michael Dubee recorded his second save of
the year with a perfect seventh inning.

In
the nightcap, Packer and Altoona starter Jared Hughes battled through the first
two frames before Akron began the scoring in the third. Shortstop Cristo Arnal
singled to begin the frame, stole both second and third and then scored on an
error by Josh Harrison. The Curve tied the score at 1-1 on a run-scoring
fielder’s choice in the bottom of that inning.

The
Aeros used a small ball attack again in the fourth when Kipnis initiated the
brief rally with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on a
Lonnie Chisenhall fly out and then scored on a sacrifice fly from first baseman
Beau Mills. The lead stood until the bottom of the sixth when Harrison plated Chen
with a clutch single to right-center.

The
game advanced to extra innings where both bullpens maintained the dramatic tie
until the bottom of the 10th. Chen continued his impressive evening
with a single to left, moved to second on a controversial balk and scored on d’Arnaud’s
walk-off base hit to right.

Dustin
Molleken (4-4) earned the win for the Curve with by allowing a lone single in
the top of the final frame. Reliever Bryan Price (4-3) took the loss in his 2.1
innings, permitting three hits and three walks overall. Packer was dominant
after receiving the promotion from Class A Lake County earlier in the day,
limiting the powerful Altoona offense to just two runs (one earned) on six hits
with six strikeouts in seven efficient innings pitched.

Kipnis
starred offensively in the two games for the Aeros, finishing 4-for-7 with a
triple, a run scored and two RBI. Henry extended his hitting streak to 10 games
with two singles while the team finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring
position in the night’s second loss.

This
four-game series continues Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Blair County
Ballpark between the Aeros and the Curve. Akron has yet to officially announce
a starting pitcher to face off against Altoona’s Rudy Owens (8-6, 2.92 ERA). Join
Ken Carman for Wednesday’s radio broadcast beginning at 5:15 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For
more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #104: 07/30/10

GAME #104 ? FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #55 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (55-48) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-52)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELP
HIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Thursday Triumph… The Aeros won 6-5 in dramatic fashion Thursday night against the Reading Phillies, utilizing a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth from catcher Miguel Perez. The back-and-forth game began with an RBI triple from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the first before the Phillies responded with four unearned runs. A Jason Kipnis two-run triple and a Chisenhall groundout tied the game in the third and Reading took the lead at 5-4 in the seventh. Chisenhall then picked up his third RBI of the night on a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. First baseman Beau Mills doubled to lead off the ninth, moved to third on a groundout and after an intentional walk, Perez ended the game with his fly ball to left field. Closer Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a perfect ninth and Reading’s James Anderson (0-3) took the loss. 

? It’s Tribe Time… Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood started for Akron Thursday and retired all three batters he faced in his lone inning pitched. He forced a soft lineout before a pair of groundouts to second base, throwing just eight pitches, all strikes, in the first. The 33-year-old veteran is currently on the MLB 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. 
? Carolina Cool… Usual starter Alex White made his first career professional relief appearance Thursday night as he replaced Wood in the second inning. The 21-year-old native of Greenville, NC struck out a career-high eight in 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks. Over his past seven outings since June 25th, Cleveland’s first-round (15th overall) pick in the June 2009 Draft is now 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only five walks in 43.2 innings. 
? Hot Corner, Hot Bat… Akron’s offensive star Thursday was Chisenhall, who finished 3-for-4 with his triple and three RBI. The performance continued an impressive past week for the second-rated prospect in the Indians organization, according to Baseball America. He is now batting .412 (7-for-17) over his modest four-game hitting streak with a home run and seven RBI. 
? Five for Fighting… The Aeros now have the best batting average in the Eastern League thanks to an impressive top half of the lineup. Akron’s first five batters are now batting .368 (75-for-204) with 47 runs scored and 40 RBI in the past 10 games. Center fielder Jordan Henry and recently promoted Matt McBride have led the way along with Mills, Kipnis and Chisenhall. 
? Wild, Wild West… With Thursday’s victory, the third-place Aeros now trail the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve by only 4.5 games. The Bowie Baysox currently lead the wild card race with a one-game lead over Akron, but there remain at least 37 games for all three teams this regular season. The 4.5-game margin is the closest the Aeros have been to first place since April 27th. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros have an 11-1 record in their last 12 home games since July 7th, averaging 6.5 runs scored while the pitching staff has a 2.48 ERA in 109.0 innings pitched.

Recap 07/29: Aeros Rally, Walk Off in 6-5 Win over Reading

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros tied the score in the eighth inning before winning in the ninth,
defeating the visiting Reading Phillies 6-5 in front of a rowdy Canal Park
crowd Thursday night. Catcher Miguel Perez scored first baseman Beau Mills with
the walk-off sacrifice fly to left field, providing the dramatic victory for
Akron’s 3,838 Thirsty Thursday fans. The win improved the third-place Aeros to
55-48 this season, only 4.5 games behind the division-leading Altoona Curve,
while the Phillies fell to 51-52 with the loss.

Cleveland
Indians closer Kerry Wood started the game on his rehab assignment, quickly
retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the first inning. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then provided a one-out RBI triple in the bottom half
of the inning to plate center fielder Jordan Henry and give Akron an early 1-0
advantage.

The
Phillies responded with four unearned runs against usual Aeros starting pitcher
Alex White in the second. A throwing error by shortstop Carlos Rivero scored
the first run, an RBI bunt single and a two-run triple presented a three-run
deficit for the host team.

Reading’s
lead was short-lived as second baseman Jason Kipnis lined a two-run triple to
right in the fourth inning and Chisenhall followed with a groundout to tie the
score at 4-4.

Flande
and White battled in the ensuing frames while the latter permitted the visiting
team to retake the lead in the seventh. Harold Garcia collected an RBI single
to right but reliever Nick Hagadone escaped a bases loaded jam to prevent any
further damage.

The
comeback then began the in the eighth inning as Perez again started with a
single. Newcomer Lucas Montero drew a walk, Henry laid down a sacrifice bunt
and Kipnis walked before Chisenhall tied the game with a clutch sacrifice fly
to center.

Mills
initiated the final rally in the ninth against reliever James Anderson with a
leadoff double and advanced to third on a Rivero groundout. Anderson
intentionally walked John Drennen to face Perez, who ended the game with his
sac fly before the Akron bench mobbed him near home plate to celebrate the
series-opening victory.

Closer
Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the victory for the Aeros with a perfect ninth
inning, striking out one batter. Anderson (0-3) took the loss in allowing the
deciding tally while fellow Reading reliever Matt German blew the save in the
eighth. Wood threw only eight pitches in his rehab outing and White followed
with 5.1 innings pitched, permitting five runs (one earned) on seven hits with
a career-high eight strikeouts.

Chisenhall
led the Akron offense as he finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and one of three
combined triples tonight. Mills and Perez each had two hits and Montero was
0-for-2 but drew a pair of walks after earning the promotion from Class A
Kinston earlier in the day.

This
four-game series continues tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. with a Friday Fireworks
spectacular and Kids Cancer Survivors Celebration Night at Canal Park. Lefty
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will start for the surging Aeros against
Reading’s Ty Taubenheim (3-1, 5.14 ERA). Friday’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
Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #101: 07/26/10

GAME #101 ? MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #52 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-47) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (55-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Sunday Suspension… Akron’s contest Sunday afternoon against the Reading Phillies was suspended with a tied 5-5 score in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Aeros led early in the contest thanks to a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Henry in the first and then an RBI single from left fielder John Drennen in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head followed Drennen’s hit with a two-run homer to right field before Reading responded to cut the deficit to 4-2 after three innings. Second baseman Jason Kipnis collected another run-scoring hit while the Phillies chased Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz out of the game in the fourth. Rain halted action with Reading’s Matt Rizzotti at the plate against reliever Bryan Price, with runners on first and third base along with two outs in the frame. The game will resume at First Energy Stadium on Tuesday, August 17th and will be followed by that evening’s regular scheduled game in seven innings. All statistics from yesterday will not count until the game’s completion. 

? The White House… The Aeros announced Monday morning that starting pitcher Alex White is the recipient of this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week award. The 21-year-old product of the University of North Carolina was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his two starts this past week, leading Akron to victories on Monday and Saturday nights. He has thrown six consecutive quality starts and is now 4-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts against three walks in 38.1 innings pitched since June 25th. White is the second player on the team with two such awards this year and was Cleveland’s first-round selection (15th overall) in the June 2009 Draft. 
? McBride Wars… White won the award, but that does not discredit the recent accomplishments of outfielder Matt McBride. The Akron slugger batted .435 (10-for-23) in six games last week, doubling four times along with two home runs, six runs scored and seven RBI. McBride will be one of the leading candidates for the upcoming Eastern League Player of the Month as in 24 games since June 28th, the 25-year-old easily leads the EL with 12 home runs, a .870 slugging percentage and a 1.297 OPS. 
? Sun Devil Surprise… Another hot hitter for the Aeros is the second baseman Kipnis, who was Cleveland’s second-round selection in the June 2009 Draft. He is now batting .474 (18-for-38) over his last nine games played dating back to June 15th, increasing his Double-A batting average to .329 in 37 games. On the season in 91 combined contests between Akron and Class A Kinston, the converted outfielder out of Arizona State University is batting .313 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs, 66 runs scored and 47 RBI. 
? No Joshing… The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday that right-hander Josh Tomlin will make his major-league debut in a start Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. Tomlin, a 25-year-old native of Tyler, TX, was 14-9 with a 4.16 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for the Aeros in 2009, just the third player in franchise history to win at least 14 games in a single season. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros begin this week’s seven-game home stand with a 21-6 record in their last 27 games at Canal Park and have won nine consecutive games in Ohio dating back to July 7th.

Akron Aeros Name Alex White Player of the Week

AKRON,
OH – Starting pitcher Alex White won the Akron Aeros Player of the Week award
Monday morning for the second time this season. The award covers the week
between July 19th through July 25th, spanning six games
for the Aeros against the Altoona Curve and the Reading Phillies. White previously
won the award two weeks ago and after yet another impressive week, became the
second Akron player to win it twice this season.

The
right-hander continued his impressive pitching in the Eastern League with wins
on Monday and Saturday nights, finishing with a 1.29 ERA. White pitched 14.0
innings, allowing just two runs on 14 hits while striking out 14 batters
against no walks. The Aeros won Monday at Canal Park by the margin of 4-1
against the first-place Curve before smashing the Phillies 12-1 Saturday, the
team’s largest margin of victory on the year.

Over
the course of his 12 starts for Akron this year, the 21-year-old White has easily
emerged as the leader of the starting rotation. He is now 6-4 with a 1.48 ERA
in 73.0 innings pitched, holding Eastern League opponents to a .204 batting
average against. He has recorded quality starts in each of his last six
outings, going 4-1 with a 0.70 ERA. He has permitted just three earned runs
(nine total runs) in this streak while striking out 29 batters against only
three walks allowed in 38.1 innings pitched.

White
began his professional career in 2010 with Class A Kinston and in his eight
starts, he finished 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 44.0 innings
pitched. He recorded four straight quality starts before earning the promotion
to Akron on May 23rd and for the combined season, now ranks sixth
among full-season MiLB pitchers with his 2.00 ERA while ranking 13th
with a .204 batting average against. Cleveland selected White in the first
round (15th overall) of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of
North Carolina.

Baseball America recognized the
Greenville, NC native in their pre-season and mid-season rakings of baseball’s
best prospects. The publication ranked him as the ninth best in the Indians
system before the year and as the #65 prospect in the minor leagues. In a mid-season
update, White jumped up to #49, second-highest among Cleveland prospects.

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. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the
June 2009 Draft, second baseman Jason Kipnis, won the award last week and is
the only other two-time honoree. This week, the separate Eastern League
Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went to Bowie’s Joseph Mahoney and Trenton’s
Lance Pendleton, respectively.

Akron begins a weeklong home stand tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal
Park against the second-place Bowie Baysox. Tonight is Dollar Dog Monday and all
Aeros fans can acquire FREE ticket vouchers for the game at any local Ritzman
Pharmacy location.
Eastern League All-Star Paolo Espino (9-3, 3.71 ERA) will make the
start Monday night for the Aeros against Bowie’s Chorye Spoone (7-5, 3.70 ERA).
Monday 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) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #101: 07/25/10

GAME #101 ? SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010 ? 1:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #50 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA

AKRON AEROS (53-47) AT READING PHILLIES (49-50)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Night Fever… The Aeros dominated the Reading Phillies Saturday night, utilizing strong start pitching and a furious offensive attack to win 12-1 in front of 6,765 fans at First Energy Stadium. The scoring began in the second when Akron first baseman Beau Mills scored on a John Drennen fielder’s choice. Mills then smacked a three-run homer as the road team scored five times with no outs in the third inning before in the fourth, Reading scored their lone run against starter Alex White. The Aeros then scored in each of the next four frames highlighted by two runs in the sixth and then solo home runs from right fielder Jerad Head and the left fielder Drennen. White (6-4) earned the victory while Phillies lefty Yohan Flande (7-7) took the loss. 

? Alex the Great… Saturday night was yet another impressive Double-A start for White, the youngest member of the entire Akron roster. The right-hander struck out seven batters in his seven innings, allowing just the single run on eight hits. It was White’s sixth consecutive quality start, the longest streak by an Aero pitcher this season, as he now has a 1.48 ERA in 12 starts in the Eastern League. He now ranks second in the entire Indians organization with a 2.00 ERA combined this season along with 90 strikeouts. Ever since his promotion from Class A Kinston on May 23rd, he has stabilized a pitching staff that now has a 3.20 ERA over these past 58 contests with 21 quality starts after a 5.09 ERA and only six quality outings in the first 42 games. 
? Runaway McBride… Another offensive star Saturday was the designated hitter Matt McBride, who finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. The Bethlehem, PA native also scored three runs and collected two RBI, continuing his offensive production over the last month. McBride now easily leads the Eastern League with an .870 slugging percentage and a 1.297 OPS in 24 games played since June 28th and has a .370 batting average with nine walks, 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 29 RBI over this span. 
? Topekan Tornado… Head extended his hitting streak to nine games Saturday with yet another home run. The product of Topeka, KS homered for the fourth time in seven games, and has also recorded an RBI in eight of his last 10. He is now batting .296 on the year in Double-A, and has been most impressive both at home at Canal Park and against left-handed pitching. The outfielder has a .351 batting average in 28 home games and is now batting .345 with six homers in 58 at-bats against lefties.
? Rubber City Records… Akron’s hot streak resumed Saturday night in Reading, ending a two-game losing streak at First Energy Stadium. The Aeros are now 17-7 over the past 24 games and are doubling up opponents by the score of 142 to 71. For the year, Akron has now out-scored opponents by a season-high 18 runs, after actually losing by 43 runs after only 25 games played. The team is also only 4.5 games behind the Western Division lead for the first time in over three months, dating back to April 21st. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros now have a 45-13 record in 58 games this season when scoring at least four runs, also 21-4 when scoring seven runs or more and thus just 8-34 with three runs or less.