VA – Right-handed starter Marty Popham delivered a quality start in his
Double-A debut as the Aeros snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night
with a 4-3 victory against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. A crowd of 3,688 fans
at The Diamond witnessed a solid pitching duel between Popham and Richmond ace
Daryl Maday before a wild finish to end the game. It was a crucial win for
Akron (37-40) as the team moved back into fourth place with the victory over
the now fifth-place Flying Squirrels (37-41).
baseman Jason Kipnis helped the Aeros get off to a solid start in the first
with a one-out solo home run although a double play ended the inning and any
Richmond then tied the score at 1-1 against Popham in the bottom of the second
inning. Roger Kieschnick began the frame with a single, Conor Gillaspie also
nailed a base hit and catcher Jackson Williams collected the RBI with the third
hit of the frame.
starters cruised after that point as the two teams combined for only two hits
over the next four innings. Akron finally re-took a narrow advantage back in
the top of the seventh, as first baseman Matt McBride singled to left. Recently
returned designated hitter Beau Mills singled again, advancing McBride to
third, while John Drennen produced a huge run-scoring double to right, giving
the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Squirrels retaliated in the bottom half of that inning against new Aeros
reliever Zach Putnam. A single, a double, a sacrifice bunt and then a RBI
single by Clay Timpner brought host Richmond on top for the first time in the
contest by just one run.
then captured the lead and the final runs of the night in their next
opportunity in the top of the eighth. Catcher Damaso Espino singled and Cristo
Arnal laid down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error by Maday brought runners
to second and third base with no outs. Center fielder Jordan Henry then nailed
the game-winner with a clutch two-run single to center against Richmond relief
pitcher Jake Stevens.
(3-1) earned the win on the night despite allowing the go-ahead runs in the
seventh inning. Maday (8-5) took the loss but was solid through the first six
innings before struggling in the seventh and eighth. Reliever Bryce Stowell
recorded his team-leading seventh save by recording the final four outs all via
strikeout and The 6’6″ Popham permitted just one run on five hits in his six
innings with six K’s against zero walks.
Aeros collected 10 hits on the night although Henry and McBride were the only
two batters to finish with multi-hit performances. The win was just the fifth
in 15 contests for the struggling team as the three runs and nine hits allowed
by the pitching staff were the fewest since last Thursday against the Flying
Squirrels at Canal Park.
three-game series between the Aeros and Richmond concludes Wednesday night at
7:05 p.m. at The Diamond. It is a crucial rubber match as Akron’s Alex White
(2-4, 1.77 ERA) takes on another dominant Flying Squirrels starter in David
Mixon (8-3, 3.07 ERA). Join Jim Clark, the long-time voice of the Akron Aeros,
for Wednesday 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 team offices at (330) 253-5151.
OH – Three Akron Aeros players will participate in the 2010 Eastern League
All-Star Game in Harrisburg, PA, the league announced this afternoon. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and closer Bryce Stowell all
made the final rosters for the Western Division in the annual exhibition game
on July 14th. Both Chisenhall and Stowell were fan balloting
selections for the All-Star Game, hosted by the Harrisburg Senators at the
recently renovated Metro Bank Park in downtown Harrisburg.
the first round (29th overall) selection in the June 2008 Draft by
the Indians, will also be participating in the 12th annual MLB XM
All-Star Futures Game on July 11th in Anaheim, California. . The 21-year-old missed 14 games in May with
a shoulder injury but had a solid season so far for the Aeros. On the year, the
left-handed hitting third baseman is batting .276 with six home runs and 28
RBI, ranking third on the Akron roster with 61 hits. Baseball America ranked the product of Pitt Junior College as the
third-best prospect in the Cleveland organization prior to the 2010 season.
is having another impressive overall year in Double-A with the Aeros. He has
split his time between left field and right field and currently ranks second in
the Eastern League with five triples. He also now has a seven-game hitting
streak, is batting .300 on the year and
has a .326 batting average in his last 49 games. Drennen will turn 24 years old
in August and the Indians originally selected him in the sandwich round (33rd
overall) in the June 2005 Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San
on the other hand, has been one of the most notable surprises for the Aeros
during the 2010 season. The right-handed reliever has been dominant ever since
his promotion to Double-A from Class A Kinston on May 20th. In his
12 appearances (one start) in Akron, he has yet to allow a run in 20 innings
with 26 strikeouts against only eight walks. On the year, the 20th
round selection in the June 2008 Draft out of UC-Irvine has a 0.79 ERA in 23
total outings with 67 strikeouts in just 45.1 innings pitched.
different Akron players appeared in the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game at
Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ, and helped the Western Division earn a 5-3
victory. First baseman Beau Mills finished 1-for-4, catcher Carlos Santana, the
eventual 2009 EL MVP, was hit by a pitch and left fielder Nick Weglarz scored a
run. Reliever Carlton Smith recorded the final out of the game for the save and
2009 EL Pitcher of the Year Jeanmar Gomez delivered a perfect bottom of the
Meanwhile, the Akron Aeros hope
to earn a win tonight and snap a four-game losing streak as they continue their
weeklong road trip. The Aeros play against the Richmond Flying Squirrels
tonight at The Diamond at 7:05 p.m. and Marty Popham will make his Double-A
debut for Akron against Daryl Maday (8-4, 2.22 ERA) of the Flying Squirrels. Join Jim Clark, the
long-time voice of the Akron Aeros, for Tuesday’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 team offices at (330) 253-5151.
GAME #77 ? TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
? Diamond Destruction… The Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Aeros Monday night at The Diamond in Richmond 7-3, continuing a rough stretch for the Akron squad. The team has now lost 10 of their last 14 games, as the Squirrels pounced for two homers and three runs in the first inning. Aeros first baseman Matt McBride smacked a solo homer to make it a 4-1 deficit in the fifth but three more Richmond scores in the seventh provided all the necessary run support. Akron sc
ored two more times later that inning, but it was too late as Felix Romero (1-1) earned the win and Paolo Espino (7-3) took the tough loss.
GAME #72 ? THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010 ? 12:05 P.M.
Canal Park. He currently leads the team with a .314 batting average and his presence on the roster has been a catalyst for the recent Aeros success. In fact, active catchers Espino and Miguel Perez own a combined 27-20 record in games started this season.
Akron Aeros right fielder John Drennen, Wednesday night’s hero, now has a .327 batting average in 29 home games this season and also is batting .304 (31-for-104) with runners on base.
OH – Right fielder John Drennen provided a game-winning RBI single in the bottom
of the eighth inning to lead the Aeros to a 5-4 victory over the Richmond
Flying Squirrels Wednesday night at Canal Park. A crowd of 3,396 fans in
downtown Akron witnessed Drennen and second baseman Jason Kipnis lead the Akron
offense while both were oddly dressed in old-fashioned stirrups. The win helped
the Aeros (35-36) move just a game behind the Bowie Baysox for second place in
the Eastern League’s Western Division while the fifth-place Squirrels fell to
Speedy center fielder
Jordan Henry began the Akron half of the first inning with a bloop single to
left field. Kipnis followed immediately afterwards with a high arching home run
to right field against Richmond starter Felix Romero, giving the hosts a quick
pitcher Paolo Espino and Romero cruised from there before the Squirrels
attacked in the top of the fifth. Richmond started the frame with a single,
double and a single to cut the deficit to just a single run. Left fielder Clay
Timpner then lined a 3-1 pitch from Espino to the right field bleachers for the
final runs of the game for the visitors.
The Akron offense
returned the favor in the bottom half of that fifth to tie the score at 4-4.
Damaso Espino lined a double down the left field line and Henry plated him with
a clutch two-out single straight up the middle. Henry advanced to second on the
throw home and Kipnis continued his fine evening at the plate with another RBI
hit for the fourth Aeros run.
The score remained
tied until the crucial eighth where with one out in the inning, Richmond
reliever Andy Sisco hit Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall with a pitch. The
intimidating 6’9″ lefty then retired Matt McBride for the second out before
Chisenhall stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the
catcher. With a 2-1 count, Drennen then smacked the game-winner to left field
to score Chisenhall.
Closer Bryce Stowell
(1-0) shut out the Squirrels offense in the eighth and ninth innings for his
first win of the season as he has now delivered 19 straight scoreless frames to
start his Double-A career. Sisco (0-4) took the loss despite permitting just
the one hit in 1.1 innings of relief. Espino made his first start for Akron
since May 27th and only made one mistake on the Timpner home run,
allowing four runs in five innings with four strikeouts.
Henry and Espino each
collected two hits on the night while Kipnis also finished with a single and with
his third Aeros home run. The one-run victory was Akron’s 12th of the
year and the team is now 15-5 in their past 20 contests decided by two runs or
The Aeros and the
Flying Squirrels start early at 12:05 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the rubber
match of this three-game series at Canal Park. Many local day camps will be on
hand for the contest as Akron continues their weeklong home stand. Highly
touted Aeros left-hander Nick Hagadone (1-0, 6.19 ERA) will look to rebound
from his rough past two starts against dominant Daryl Maday (8-3, 2.09 ERA) of
Richmond. Thursday’s game broadcast begins at 11:50 a.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM
and at www.akronaeros.com. For more
information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.
GAME #70 ? TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
ME – Aeros designated hitter Jerad Head delivered a pair of home runs Sunday
afternoon at Hadlock Field in helping Akron avoid a three-game sweep against
the Portland Sea Dogs with a 3-2 win. His solo one-out homers in the sixth and
eighth innings helped the visitors break an early tie while the unpredictable
relieving corps secured the advantage in the final frames. The win was just the
second in the past eight days for the Aeros (34-35) as they finished off their
two week home-and-road series against the Sea Dogs (36-32) and the New
Hampshire Fisher Cats with a 7-5 record.
Kyle Weiland was perfect through three innings while his Akron counterpart
Scott Barnes only surrendered two walks and a single in the early pitcher’s
duel. The Aeros then pounced for a run in the fourth as Lonnie Chisenhall and
John Drennen each drew walks and hot-hitting Tim Fedroff collected a two-out
Sea Dogs tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth by playing a small
ball style of offense. Juan Apodaca hit a leadoff single, Ohio native Will
Vazquez walked while a sacrifice bunt and a Nate Spears sacrifice fly
eventually scored Apodaca. Portland replaced Weiland with Ryne Miller in the
next half inning and after striking out Drennen, he permitted the first solo
shot to center field from Head.
2-1 advantage stayed until the eighth inning where Head was again the second
batter that reliever Mitch Herold faced, and he promptly drilled a 3-1 offering
into the left field bleachers. The final few frames would get dramatic as the
Sea Dogs added in one final run in the bottom half of that eighth on a
run-scoring single by Ryan Khoury. Akron collected three hits in the top of the
ninth but failed to score while closer Bryce Stowell then stranded a runner on
second base with two straight strikeouts to end the game.
Barnes (3-6) was
solid in earning the win, striking out eight Portland batters and allowing just
one run on two hits and five walks in five innings pitched. Miller (2-5) took
the loss by allowing the crucial second run of the ball game and the Akron
bullpen was tremendous for the first time all week. Connor Graham avoided
trouble in two frames while Wright allowed the final run in the eighth and new
closer Stowell recorded his sixth save.
Head’s home runs were
his third and fourth of the season in 22 games played for Akron and it was his
first multi-homer performance since July 14, 2006 with the short-season Class A
Burlington Indians. Chisenhall smacked three hits including a double while
Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to all eight of his Double-A games with
The Aeros will be
travelling by bus overnight Sunday on their return back to the state of Ohio
and will enjoy a much-deserved rest day Monday. The team then returns to action
Tuesday night for the start of a weeklong home stand with a 7:05 p.m. first
pitch time at Canal Park against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. It is another
Two for Tuesday and athe second buyout night of the season fans can find FREE
ticket vouchers at any local Applebee’s restaurant. Aeros lefty Eric Berger (3-4, 5.25 ERA) matches
up in the series opener against Richmond’s Mike MacDonald (1-6, 4.96 ERA). Monday
night’s game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com and for more
information, please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.