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Aerodynamics Game #88: 07/10/10

GAME #88 ? SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #44 ? JERRY UHT PARK ? ERIE, PA 

AKRON AEROS (44-43) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (36-52) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros continued their winning ways Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie by dominating by the SeaWolves with a 10-1 victory. The nine-run margin of victory was the largest by the team this season, eclipsing the previous eight-run mark set last Monday against the Trenton Thunder. Designated hitter Matt McBride began the scoring with an RBI double in the first and Erie designated hitter Michael Betram tied the score at 1-1 with a solo homer to right field in the second. Akron then scored three more times in the fourth inning and extended the lead to seven with four runs in the seventh. First baseman Beau Mills capped the night with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, providing for the final margin of the game. Aeros starter Paolo Espino (8-3) earned the win by allowing one run in five innings while lefty Ramon Garcia (0-5) took the loss. 

? Star in the Sky… The Eastern League All-Star Espino had another solid start Friday night in his return to the starting rotation. He permitted just four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the outing, making only one major mistake on the home run by Bertram. The 23-year-old Panama native has worked at least 4.2 innings in all 12 of his starts this season and is also 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six relief appearances. His eight wins now rank tied for fourth in the league and he was named earlier in the week as a replacement for closer Bryce Stowell in the EL All-Star Game, to be played Wednesday at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Mills led the Akron offensive attack Friday in Erie as he finished 3-for-4 at the plate with his sixth home run of the season. He also recorded four RBI and tied a team-high for the year with three runs scored, marking yet another solid outing since returning from an intercostal strain and a nearly three week stint on the disabled list. The first baseman is now batting .378 (14-for-37) with three home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI in nine games played since his return on June 29th. 
? Six Flags… Reliever Chen-Chang Lee replaced Espino in the sixth inning Friday and had one of his finest outings of the 2010 season. He faced the minimum while striking out six batters in three innings pitched as he only allowed a lone walk that was eventually erased via a double play. A native of Taiwan, Lee is 4-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 28 games on the year, but the 23-year-old now has 14 strikeouts against just two hits and one unearned run allowed in seven innings over his last four appearances. The Indians signed Lee in September 2008 and he had a 3.35 ERA in 45 contests with the Class A Kinston Indians last season. 
? Back to the Future… Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall left the Aeros today for Anaheim, CA to participate in tomorrow’s XM MLB All-Star Futures Game. Named the second-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the 2010 season by Baseball America, the third baseman Chisenhall will also appear in the EL All-Star Game Wednesday after being selected by fan voting. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Designated hitter Matt McBride collected three hits again Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie and has now reached base safely in all 38 contests he has played on the road this season.

Aerodynamics Game #84: 07/06/10

GAME #84 ? TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #42 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH 

AKRON AEROS (41-42) VS. TRENTON THUNDER (51-32) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          NEW YORK YANKEES 
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Lucky Number Seven… The Aeros utilized a seven-run seventh inning Monday night en route to a 9-3 victory in the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Trenton Thunder. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and designated hitter John Drennen collected three hits each in front of the 6,859 fans for another Dollar Dog Monday at Canal Park. A Chisenhall homer in the first started the scoring and Drennen followed shortly after with an RBI infield single. Trenton responded with a run in the fourth and a pair in the top of the seventh against Akron reliever Bryan Price. The Aeros then sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of that seventh inning, tying a season-high with seven runs along with six hits and a pair of Thunder errors. Price (3-2) earned the win despite allowing the two runs (one earned) in two innings while Trenton starter Andrew Brackman (0-3) took the loss. 

? Ground Zero… Right-handed starter Alex White delivered another quality start Monday at Canal Park but did not factor into the decision. He tied a career-high with 12 groundball outs and now has seven quality starts in nine Double-A outings, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in six innings pitched. The 21-year-old currently ranks second in the organization with a 2.23 ERA in 17 combined starts with Class A Kinston and Akron this year. Cleveland selected White in the first round (15th overall) of the June 2009 Draft and he entered the season as the ninth-best prospect in the system, according to Baseball America.  
? Back to the Future… Chisenhall finished 3-for-4 at the plate Monday with his eighth home run of the season and three RBI. At 21 years and nine months old, he is the youngest player to appear in a game for Akron this season and he batted just .200 (6-for-30) on last week’s seven-game road trip to Richmond and Bowie. Chisenhall began the year as the second-best prospect in the Indians organization and was recently selected to participate in Sunday’s MLB XM All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, CA. 
? Drennen Delivers Difference… Another hot slugger for the Aeros is Drennen, who finished with two singles and a triple along with a pair of runs batted in during Monday’s win against Trenton. The first round selection in the June 2005 Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, CA now has a .340 batting average in his last 56 games played dating back to April 25th. He is batting .313 on the season overall, fourth in the Eastern League, and his six triples place him tied for second. 
? Midsummer Night’s Dream… The Eastern League announced today that Akron RHP Paolo Espino will replace recently promoted closer Bryce Stowell in the 2010 EL All-Star Game. Espino is 7-3 on the year with a 4.16 ERA in 17 games (11 starts) while Stowell was a fan selection for the game before being transferred to Class AAA Columbus Sunday. The 23-year-old Espino ranks sixth in the EL with seven wins and joins Akron teammates Chisenhall and Drennen on the Western Division roster. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros are 18-23 at Canal Park this season despite a .239 opposing batting average, and the team holds a 23-19 road record along with a .271 batting average against.

Paolo Espino Replaces Bryce Stowell for Eastern League All-Star Game

AKRON,
OH – Akron Aeros right-hander Paolo Espino will replace closer Bryce Stowell on
the Western Division roster for next week’s 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game,
the league announced today. Espino has ranked among the EL leaders in wins all
season and takes the spot of the recently promoted Stowell, who was a fan
selection for the contest. The Aeros will also send third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall and outfielder John Drennen to this year’s All-Star Game on
Wednesday, July 14th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA.

Espino,
a native of Panama City, Panama, currently holds a 7-4 record on the season
with a 4.16 ERA in 17 outings (11 starts). He leads the team with 80 innings
pitched total and ranks second with 69 strikeouts after beginning the year as a
starter before shifting to piggyback duties for left-hander Nick Hagadone.
Espino delivered at least 4.2 innings pitched in each of his first 11
appearances, holding a 3.28 ERA after permitting just one hit in five frames of
relief against the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park on June 1st.

The
5’10”, 190-lb. pitcher spent the vast majority of the 2009 season with the
Class A Kinston Indians. He was 9-6 in 22 games (21 starts) for the K-Tribe,
finishing with a Carolina League-best 2.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He finished third
in the Indians Player Development System in wins (11) and ERA (3.01) while also
making six appearances for the Class A Lake County Captains and a spot start in
Akron. Cleveland selected Espino in the 10th round of the June 2006
Draft out of The Pendleton School in Bradenton, FL.

The
Indians transferred Stowell to Class AAA Columbus Sunday after he spent six
weeks with the Aeros this season. The California native did not surrender a run
in 22.1 innings pitched across 14 outings (one start) in Double-A. The
23-year-old then made his Clippers debut Monday and overall on the year, he has
a 0.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts against only 20 walks in 48.2 innings. Cleveland
originally selected Stowell in the 22nd round of the June 2008 Draft
out of the University of California, Irvine.

Meanwhile,
Akron’s four-game home stand continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. for a Two for
Tuesday at Canal Park against the Trenton Thunder. All fans can enjoy
two-for-one specials on ballpark favorites such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot
dogs and ice cream scoops, along with a special buy one ticket, get one free
offer from KRAFT Singles. Akron left-hander Scott Barnes (4-7, 5.55 ERA)
matches up against Trenton southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa (2-3, 5.68 ERA) in the
second game of this series. Join Jim Clark for Tuesday night’s radio broadcast
beginning 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.

AEROS

AEROS—

Aerodynamics Game #82: 07/04/10

GAME #82 ? SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010 ? 6:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #42 ? PRINCE GEORGE’S STADIUM ? BOWIE, MD
AKRON AEROS (40-41) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (43-39) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS                BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Saturday Night Fever… The Bowie Baysox ended Akron’s four-game winning streak Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium with a narrow 4-2 victory. Center fielder Tim Fedroff starred offensively for the Aeros, but Bowie struck first with two runs in the first inning before holding on for the win. Akron tied the score on an RBI double by Fedroff in the third and a run-scoring error by Baysox shortstop Greg Miclat. The hosts then responded to score the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Aeros reliever Steven Wright, collecting back-to-back doubles followed by a Lonnie Chisenhall error at third base. Bowie’s Bob McCrory (1-0) earned the win while Wright (0-1) took the loss and closer Pedro Beato recorded his seventh save of the year. 

? De La Cruz Delight… Lefty Kelvin De La Cruz made the start Saturday and had one of his more efficient outings in Double-A. The native of the Dominican Republic permitted two runs in five innings pitched, striking out five while walking two. He entered Saturday with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in his previous eight outings, and the team is now 3-8 overall when he starts. Cleveland signed the soon-to-be 22-year-old back in 2004 and placed him on the 40-man roster in November 2009. 
? Tar Heel Tim… Fedroff led Akron Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and the third inning RBI. It was an excellent game for the outfielder as he led off and started in center field for the first time since June 13th because of the rest day for the recently promoted Jordan Henry. A seventh-round selection in the June 2008 Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Fedroff now is tied with outfielder John Drennen for the team lead with 20 multi-hit games. 
? Father of McBride… While the offense was lacking Saturday night in Bowie, first baseman Matt McBride doubled in the second inning to continue his incredible week. Over the course of the six road games in Richmond and Bowie, the Lehigh University product is batting .409 (9-for-22) with three walks, two doubles and an unfathomable six home runs. He has also recorded nine RBI during this time along with seven runs scored, and now ranks fourth in the Indians system with 41 RBI this season. 
? Stellar Stowell… Akron closer Bryce Stowell pitched a shutout eighth inning Saturday and was promptly promoted to Class AAA Columbus today. He delivered 22.1 scoreless innings in 14 Double-A games and has 74 strikeouts on the year in just 47.2 combined innings between Class A Kinston and the Aeros. Stowell was Cleveland’s 22nd-round selection in the June 2008 Draft. 
? Quick Nick… In the corresponding roster move for Stowell’s transfer to the Clippers, the Aeros received LHP Nick Hagadone from Class A Mahoning Valley. Named the third-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the season by Baseball America, Hagadone has not pitched since June 24th for Akron and he will be making the start tonight in the series finale in Bowie. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
With the 4-2 loss at Bowie Saturday night, the Akron Aeros now hold an 8-30 record overall this season when scoring three runs or less in a contest; the team is 32-11 otherwise.

Recap 07/03: Baysox Snap Akrons Streak, Win 4-2

BOWIE,
MD – Thanks to clutch pitching and timely offense, the host Bowie Baysox
defeated the Aeros 4-2 Saturday night to end Akron’s four-game winning streak. In
front of 6,595 fans at Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie scored the deciding final
two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Akron reliever Steven
Wright. The Baysox (44-38) again lead the Aeros (40-41) by 3.5 games for second
place in the Western Division.

Bowie
took a quick 2-0 advantage in the bottom half of the first inning against
struggling Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz. After two fly outs started the
frame, De La Cruz walked Tyler Henson, threw a wild pitch and allowed an RBI
double to Brandon Waring. First baseman Robbie Widlansky then ended the rally
with a run-scoring single to center.

Right-hander
Steve Johnson, the starter for the Baysox on the night, permitted single hits in
each of the first two frames before again running into trouble in the third.
Catcher Damaso Espino walked to begin the inning and center fielder Tim Fedroff
recorded the RBI on a double to left, cutting the deficit to just a single run.

An
odd error helped the visiting Aeros tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
Designated hitter Beau Mills drew a leadoff walk and John Drennen drew a
one-out free pass as well to bring up Espino to the plate. He popped out to
shortstop Greg Miclat, who missed the catch allowing Mills to score before
recovering to get Drennen out at second base.

The
lefty De La Cruz avoided damage before leaving after five innings pitched,
giving way to the veteran reliever Wright. He recorded the first two outs of
the frame, but promptly permitted back-to-back doubles to both Caleb Joseph and
Miclat. That gave the hosts a one-run lead, while an error by third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall then brought in Miclat.
 

Akron
stranded a pair of runners in the seventh inning but failed to produce any offense
in the final two frames. The Baysox nearly scored again in the eighth against
Bryce Stowell, but the dominant closer struck out the side to prevent a larger
deficit.

Bob McCrory (1-0) earned the win for Bowie in
relief as their entire bullpen combined for four shutout innings while only
allowing one hit and two walks. Wright (0-1) took the loss as he allowed the
two runs (one earned) in his two innings, and Pedro Beato recorded his seventh
save with a perfect ninth. De La Cruz had one of his most efficient starts in
the past two months, but still permitted two runs on five hits with five
strikeouts in five innings.

Fedroff
led the Aeros offensively as he led off and started in center field for the
first time since June 13th. He collected three hits and an RBI, but
the team finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position with 10 men left on
base. Left fielder John Drennen was hitless in his two at bats despite a pair
of walks, marking the end of his 11-game hitting streak.

The
Aeros will look to secure the series victory Sunday in a special 6:05 p.m.
first pitch time for the Independence Day holiday celebration at Prince
George’s Stadium. Akron has yet to formally announce their starter for Sunday’s
contest in a matchup against consistent Bowie right-hander Chorye Spoone (6-5,
3.63 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Sunday night’s radio broadcast on the final game
of this weeklong road trip beginning at 5:50 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.

—AEROS—

Recap 07/03: Baysox Snap Akron’s Streak, Win 4-2

BOWIE,
MD – Thanks to clutch pitching and timely offense, the host Bowie Baysox
defeated the Aeros 4-2 Saturday night to end Akron’s four-game winning streak. In
front of 6,595 fans at Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie scored the deciding final
two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Akron reliever Steven
Wright. The Baysox (44-38) again lead the Aeros (40-41) by 3.5 games for second
place in the Western Division.

Bowie
took a quick 2-0 advantage in the bottom half of the first inning against
struggling Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz. After two fly outs started the
frame, De La Cruz walked Tyler Henson, threw a wild pitch and allowed an RBI
double to Brandon Waring. First baseman Robbie Widlansky then ended the rally
with a run-scoring single to center.

Right-hander
Steve Johnson, the starter for the Baysox on the night, permitted single hits in
each of the first two frames before again running into trouble in the third.
Catcher Damaso Espino walked to begin the inning and center fielder Tim Fedroff
recorded the RBI on a double to left, cutting the deficit to just a single run.

An
odd error helped the visiting Aeros tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
Designated hitter Beau Mills drew a leadoff walk and John Drennen drew a
one-out free pass as well to bring up Espino to the plate. He popped out to
shortstop Greg Miclat, who missed the catch allowing Mills to score before
recovering to get Drennen out at second base.

The
lefty De La Cruz avoided damage before leaving after five innings pitched,
giving way to the veteran reliever Wright. He recorded the first two outs of
the frame, but promptly permitted back-to-back doubles to both Caleb Joseph and
Miclat. That gave the hosts a one-run lead, while an error by third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall then brought in Miclat.
 

Akron
stranded a pair of runners in the seventh inning but failed to produce any offense
in the final two frames. The Baysox nearly scored again in the eighth against
Bryce Stowell, but the dominant closer struck out the side to prevent a larger
deficit.

Bob McCrory (1-0) earned the win for Bowie in
relief as their entire bullpen combined for four shutout innings while only
allowing one hit and two walks. Wright (0-1) took the loss as he allowed the
two runs (one earned) in his two innings, and Pedro Beato recorded his seventh
save with a perfect ninth. De La Cruz had one of his most efficient starts in
the past two months, but still permitted two runs on five hits with five
strikeouts in five innings.

Fedroff
led the Aeros offensively as he led off and started in center field for the
first time since June 13th. He collected three hits and an RBI, but
the team finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position with 10 men left on
base. Left fielder John Drennen was hitless in his two at bats despite a pair
of walks, marking the end of his 11-game hitting streak.

The
Aeros will look to secure the series victory Sunday in a special 6:05 p.m.
first pitch time for the Independence Day holiday celebration at Prince
George’s Stadium. Akron has yet to formally announce their starter for Sunday’s
contest in a matchup against consistent Bowie right-hander Chorye Spoone (6-5,
3.63 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Sunday night’s radio broadcast on the final game
of this weeklong road trip beginning at 5:50 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.

—AEROS—

Aerodynamics Game #78: 06/30/10

GAME #78 ? WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #38 ? THE DIAMOND ? RICHMOND, VA 

AKRON AEROS (37-40) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (37-41) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS                SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? The Bullwinkle Show… The Aeros snapped a four-game losing streak in a back-and-forth contest Tuesday night in Richmond with a 4-3 victory over the Flying Squirrels. Second baseman Jason Kipnis nailed a home run in the first, Richmond tied the game against Akron starter Marty Popham in the second and the tie remained until the top of the seventh inning. Right fielder John Drennen delivered an RBI double in that frame while the hosts then moved back on top by the score of 3-2 with three hits in the bottom of that frame. In the eighth, center fielder Jordan Henry secured the game winner with a two-run single to center, scoring both Damaso Espino and Cristo Arnal. Reliever Zach Putnam (3-1) earned the win despite allowing the go-ahead runs, Squirrels starter Daryl Maday (8-5) took the loss and Akron closer Bryce Stowell recorded his seventh save. 
? Snap, Crackle and Pop… Popham was solid in his Double-A debut Tuesday night but moved back down to Class A Kinston after the spot-start. The 22-year-old native of Louisville, KY delivered only the 15th Akron quality start of the season as he permitted one run on five hits in six innings with six strikeouts. It was Popham’s 43rd career appearance in the minor leagues as the Indians originally selected him in the June 2008 Draft out of Union College (KY). He then moved back to the K-Tribe this morning as the Aeros brought back RHP Shane Lindsay, who cleared outright waivers after being designated for assignment last week. 
? Oh Henry… The offensive star in the contest Tuesday night was Akron’s Henry as he delivered the go-ahead base hit in the top of the eighth inning. He also collected his second straight two-hit performance against the Flying Squirrels and now has hit safely in three consecutive games. He turned just 22 years old earlier this month and in is batting .255 with eight walks and three stolen bases in his 14 games in the Eastern League. Upon his promotion to the Aeros, the Ole Miss product was leading the Class A Carolina League with a .438 on-base percentage and also ranked among the top six in batting average, stolen bases and walks. 
? Bryce is the Best… Stowell continued his dominant pitching with the Aeros last night as he earned the four-out save by finishing off the game with four straight strikeouts. He has now delivered 21.1 straight scoreless innings to begin his Double-A career and the California native has been one of the best relievers in all of minor league baseball. Between Kinston and Akron, he now has an unbelievable combined 0.77 ERA in 24 outings (one start) with 71 strikeouts in just 46.2 innings pitched. 
? Bye, Bye, Bye… Tonight’s contest at The Diamond marks the end of the season series between the divisional rivals from Akron and Richmond., These two teams meet only six times on the year despite both playing in the Western Division of the Eastern League, and the Aeros will look for their second consecutive 2-1 series victory with a road win. 
AEROS STAT OF THE
NIGHT

NIGHT: 

Akron Aeros starting pitchers hold a poor 1-7 record over the past 17 team games despite a 4.97 ERA with 64 strikeouts against 45 walks and 88 hits allowed in 79.2 total innings pitched.