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Recap 06/29: Popham Solid in Debut as Aeros Win 4-3

RICHMOND,
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).

Second
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
further rally.

Host
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.

Both
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.

The
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.

Akron
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.

Putnam
(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.

The
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.

This
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.

—AEROS—

Lonnie Chisenhall, John Drennen and Bryce Stowell Selected to Eastern League All-Star Game

AKRON,
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.

Chisenhall,
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.

Drennen
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
Diego.

Stowell,
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.

Five
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
fifth inning.

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.

—AEROS—

Aerodynamics Game #77: 06/29/10

GAME #77 ? TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME

ROAD GAME #37 ? THE DIAMOND ? RICHMOND, VA 

AKRON AEROS (36-40) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (37-40) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS                SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? 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. 

? Powerful Paolo… Espino had a rough beginning Monday night in Richmond, but bounced back for a solid overall performance. The Squirrels smacked the two early homers, but the Akron starter responded by retiring each of the next 13 batters he faced. Overall, he took his first loss since May 16th by permitting four runs (three earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. The Panama native remains tied for fourth in the Eastern League with seven wins on the year with a 3.86 ERA. 
? Road Warrior… The home run by McBride Monday extended an incredible streak on the season away from Canal Park. The Aeros slugger has now reached base in all 31 of his road games this year, collecting all five of his homers with 34 hits and 10 walks. The 25-year-old native of Bethlehem, PA owns the longest consecutive road on-base streak in Double-A baseball on the year and the longest in the Eastern League, Southern League or Texas League last season was 42 games. 
? Midsummer Classic… The rosters for the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game were announced this afternoon and three Akron Aeros players made the list. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and closer Bryce Stowell will all participate in the contest on July 14th at Metro Bank Park in downtown Harrisburg, PA. Chisenhall, the second-best prospect in the Indians organization according to Baseball America, is batting .276 in 55 games. The left/right fielder Drennen currently has a seven-game hitting streak and has a solid .326 batting average in his past 49 games. Stowell, a right-handed reliever, has delivered an incredible 20 consecutive scoreless innings since his promotion from Class A Kinston on May 20th. 
? Hello, Goodbye… The Cleveland Indians made a series of roster moves today that affected the Akron roster. LHP Nick Hagadone was transferred to short-season Class A Mahoning Valley, RHP Marty Popham was received from Class A Kinston and IF Beau Mills was activated from the disabled list. Popham will be starting for the Aeros tonight against the Flying Squirrels while Mills returns from an intercostal strain that prevented him from participating in 16 games. Cleveland’s first-round selection in the June 2007 Draft out of Lewis & Clark State, the first baseman Mills is only batting .205 in 54 games this year. 
AEROS STAT OF THE

NIGHT

NIGHT: 

RHP Marty Popham will tonight become the 44th player to appear for the Akron Aeros in a game this season. Only 47 different people played for the Aeros during the 2009 season.

Aerodynamics Game #72: 06/24/10

GAME #72 ? THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010 ? 12:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #37 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH 
AKRON AEROS (35-36) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (33-39) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS                 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 

AERODYNAMICS… 

? Evening the Score… The Aeros won in dramatic fashion Wednesday night by the final score of 5-4 over the Richmond Flying Squirrels as right fielder John Drennen delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis began his big offensive night as well with a two-run homer in the first to give the hosts the quick advantage. Richmond finally responded against Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 thanks to a three-run shot by left fielder Clay Timpner. Aeros center fielder Jordan Henry and Kipnis provided back-to-back run-scoring singles later in that frame while Lonnie Chisenhall was hit by a pitch with one out in the eighth before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Drennen then singled on a clutch 3-1 pitch to left field for the final run as Akron closer Bryce Stowell (1-0) earned the win with two shutout innings and Richmond reliever Andy Sisco (0-4) took the loss. 
? Sun Devil Pride… Kipnis had his eight-game Double-A hitting streak snapped in the opener Tuesday against the Flying Squirrels but responded furiously last night. His first-inning homer was his third for Akron and he now has a .342 batting average with nine runs scored in 10 games since his promotion from Class A Kinston. Both he and the eventual hero Drennen wore old-fashioned stirrups during the contest last night. Cleveland selected the current 23-year-old Kipnis out of Arizona State University in the second round of the June 2009 Draft and he now has a solid .307 batting average in 93 career minor league games. 
? The Closer… The most dominant pitcher for the Aeros over the past month has clearly been the reliever Stowell. He shut down Richmond again yesterday and has now delivered 19 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his Double-A career. He earned the promotion from the K-Tribe back on May 20th and has had an absolutely phenomenal combined season in the Cleveland Indians minor league system. The California, Irvine product is now 2-0 with six saves and a 0.81 ERA in 22 appearances (one start) with 65 strikeouts against only 16 walks and a .203 batting average against in 44.1 innings pitched. 
? Steal My Sunshine… The two stolen bases by Henry and Chisenhall Wednesday tied a team-high for most steals in a game this season. Akron now has six stolen bases against only one caught stealing since Henry was promoted to the team from Class A Kinston last week. The Aeros remain in last in the league with only 18 stolen bases this year, 10 fewer than the next worst team. 
? Catching Up… Akron catcher Damaso Espino also collected a double and a single during the victory Wednesday night at

Canal

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.

AEROS STAT OF THE DAY:

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.

Recap 06/23: Drennen Delivers as Aeros Win 5-4

AKRON,
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
33-39 overall.

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
2-0 edge.

Aeros starting
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
less.

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.

—AEROS—

Aerodynamics Game #70: 06/22/10

GAME #70 ? TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #35 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH 
AKRON AEROS (34-35) VS. RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (32-38) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS                 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 
AERODYNAMICS… 
? Sunday Survival… Akron avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Portland SeaDogs with a 3-2 victory at Hadlock Field Sunday afternoon. The Aeros struck first with a single run in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single by left fielder Tim Fedroff and the SeaDogs tied the frame in fifth on a sacrifice fly. Jerad Head then began his monster outing with a solo home run with one out in the top of the sixth to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage. Head did it again in the eighth, doubling the advantage with his second homer of the contest while Portland plated a final run in the eighth. Each team rallied but failed to score in the ninth as Akron starter Scott Barnes (3-6) earned the victory, SeaDogs reliever Ryne Miller (2-5) took the loss in allowing the first Head home run and new closer Bryce Stowell recorded his sixth save of the season with another scoreless appearance. 
? Red Storm… Barnes held down the fort for the Akron offense Sunday at Hadlock Field, delivering yet another solid start. He allowed just one run on two hits and five walks, and struck out eight batters to move into a tie for third in the Eastern League with 67 K’s on the season. The St. John’s University product has been lights out in his four starts during the month of June where he is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA and has recorded an amazing total of 28 strikeouts with just seven walks in 21.2 innings pitched. 
? Double Trouble… The designated hitter Head had a career performance during Sunday’s close win against the Portland SeaDogs. He became the first Aero this season to homer twice in a game and it was his first multi-homer outing since July 14, 2006 with the short-season Class A Burlington Indians. With his two shots Sunday, all four of his Akron homers this season have now been of the solo variety. Head turned 27 years old last November and began the 2010 season with the Class AAA Columbus Clippers after appearing at seven different positions in the field and batting .282 in 98 contests with the Aeros last year. 
? Dazzling Debut… Second baseman Jason Kipnis won the first-ever Akron Aeros Player of the Week Award Monday for the week between June 14th and June 20th. He had a team-leading .375 (9-24) batting average in the six road games along with three doubles and two home runs. Since earning the promotion from the Class A Kinston Indians on June 10th, the 23-year-old Arizona State University product now has hit safely in all eight of his games for Akron. Cleveland selected the Illinois native in the second round of the June 2009 Draft and he ranks sixth in the Indians system with a .308 batting average this season. 
? Rocket J. Squirrel… The Aeros begin their home stand tonight for the opener of a mid-week series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Squirrels are the newest team in the Eastern League and remain an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants after formerly being the Connecticut Defenders. Akron defeated the Defenders in the 2009 Eastern League Championship Series.
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Portland Sea Dogs won two out of three against the Akron Aeros at Hadlock Field this past weekend, the first regular season series victory for Portland against Akron since 1999.

Recap 06/20: Head Homers Twice in Akrons 3-2 Victory

PORTLAND,
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.

Portland’s
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
RBI single.

The
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.

The
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
two singles.

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.

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