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Aerodynamics 8/23/10: Games #104 and #128





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  • Home away from home… The Aeros will play a rare
    doubleheader in which they will be the home team for the continuation opener and
    be the away team for the nightcap. Akron and Bowie originally started a game at
    Canal Park before weather postponed the game. Because it was the last time the
    Baysox were scheduled to visit Akron this season, the game has to be made up in
    Bowie. Action will resume Bowie batting in the top of the second with Brandon
    Waring on first with the game scoreless.

  • The Senate rules… Harrisburg completed a three-game
    series sweep of Akron yesterday with a pair of wins by counts of 6-1 (eight
    innings) and 2-1. Harrisburg scored first in game one in the third inning on an
    RBI double by Chris Marrero. Akron tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when
    third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in center fielder Jordan Henry from
    first. The game went extra innings, but the Sens scored five in the eighth to
    score the win. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone took the loss and four-time
    World Series champion Orlando Hernandez earned the win. In game two, Harrisburg
    jumped out 1-0 in the second frame when Devin Ivany hit in Chris Marrero on a
    groundout. Ivany also hit an RBI single in the fourth. Akron finally scored in
    the sixth when shortstop Carlos Rivero hit an RBI single and drove in right
    fielder Jerad Head, who reached on a walk and moved over on a ground out by
    first baseman Beau Mills. It was not enough, however, as the hosts left three
    on base in the inning and fell 2-1.


Recap 08/13: Aeros Blast Rock Cats Friday, Win 11-7

OH – A franchise-record tying three triples and a seven-run fifth inning
highlighted an 11-7 victory for the Aeros Friday night over the visiting New
Britain Rock Cats. Akron pounded 17 hits on the night including six of the
extra-base variety while tying season-highs with the six runs and seven base
hits in the fifth. The win improved the Aeros to 60-57 this season and just 2.5
games behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division wild card race while
the last-place Rock Cats fell to 34-85.

Britain began the scoring early against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz in the
first two frames. Juan Portes plated two runs with a double to left and an RBI
single from Joe Benson gave the visitors a quick 3-0 advantage.

errors helped the Aeros later in that second as a misplayed infield single
turned into a run and center fielder Jordan Henry continued the rally with a
run-scoring hit to center.

La Cruz struggled again in the third inning as the Rock Cats extended their
lead to 6-2. Two more walks preceded a clutch two-out, three-run home run into
the left field canal from Jeff Howell that put the hosts in a large early

comeback began in the third on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Carlos Rivero
before the record-tying fifth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis homered to
begin the frame against starter Deolis Guerra while Rivero knocked Guerra out
of the game with an RBI double to left-center. 
After the second out of the inning, catcher Juan Apodaca followed with a
pivotal 12-pitch walk that created even more opportunities for the Aeros.

hitter Cristo Arnal then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to left and
Henry tripled him home on a liner to dead center. Kipnis then recorded his
second RBI of the frame on a single to left to extend the lead to 10-6 and
cement the lead for good.

Dolenc hit a solo home run to begin the sixth and another Akron RBI triple in
the seventh, this time from left fielder Tim Fedroff, provided for the final
margin of the night.

Hagadone (2-1) earned the victory with two innings of relief, allowing one run
but pitching in the midst of the offensive attack. Guerra (2-9) permitted seven
runs (five earned) on 10 hits in just 4.1 innings pitched and he now has a 0-6
record in his last seven starts. De La Cruz surrendered six runs with six walks
in four frames in the start but relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Omar Aguilar
retired the final nine New Britain batters.

of the nine Aeros hitters finished with at least two hits led by Henry’s three
hits and his third triple of the season. Arnal tied a career-high with three RBI
via his fifth inning triple as well and this was the sixth instance of three
three-baggers in franchise history.

home stand continues tomorrow against New Britain at 7:05 p.m. for an exciting Saturday
night at Canal Park. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a replica
of the 2009 Akron Aeros Eastern League Championship ring, sponsored by Distillata
Water. The hit show “Beer Money” from Sports Time Ohio will also film around
the stadium.

The Aeros aim for a third straight victory Saturday
with ace Alex White (6-6, 2.45 ERA) on the mound against a to-be-determined
pitcher for the Rock Cats. Join Jim Clark for Saturday
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.

Recap 08/11: R-Phils Hold On For 7-6 Victory over Aeros

OH – The visiting Reading Phillies scored seven runs in a chaotic second inning
and survived a vicious Aeros comeback for a 7-6 win at Canal Park Wednesday
night. Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes walked the first five batters in
that second in his new rehab assignment as the Phillies won despite being
out-hit 10 to four. Reading improved to 57-58 while the Aeros fell to 58-57 on
the season, still trailing the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games in the
Western Division wild card race.

retired the side in the top of the first, only needing 11 pitches before
struggling with his control in the second. The first five batters of that frame
walked and Reyes threw three wild pitches to provide for a quick 2-0 deficit.
Freddy Galvis then recorded an RBI single and Michael Spidale drew another free
pass to knock the Akron starter out of the game.

Matt Packer relieved Reyes and allowed all three inherited runners to score on
a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a run-scoring double. That would be all the
damage done against Packer and the Aeros offense responded in the bottom of
that second.

Carlos Rivero smashed a two-run home run to left field to score right fielder John
Drennen and left fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a single to center. After
two more walks by Reading starter J.C. Ramirez and a groundout, second baseman
Jason Kipnis lofted a ground-rule double over the left field wall to cut the
margin to 7-4.

again singled against Ramirez to start the third and two straight fly outs
followed that nearly ended the rally. Catcher Juan Apodaca then smashed a 1-1
offering into the canal in left for a two-run homer of his own to bring the
deficit to just a single run.

would be all of the scoring on the night as both bullpens dominated for the
remaining six innings. Akron stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and a
failed double steal turned into a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end
the bottom of the seventh inning.

reliever Chance Chapman (2-2) replaced Ramirez and provided 2.2 scoreless
innings to earn the victory. Reyes (0-2) took the loss in allowing seven runs
in one plus inning with six walks and a hit, raising his ERA to 25.41 in his
three appearances for the Aeros this season. Packer then dominated in relief,
shutting Reading out for seven frames to and he still leads full-season MiLB
with a 1.48 ERA this year.

finished 3-for-5 with a double while Rivero’s home run was his fifth of the
season. Apodaca starred in collecting his third homer in the Eastern League in
2010, his first in Akron, along with a walk and several impressive plays behind
the plate.

aims for the three-game series sweep in the finale Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
at Canal Park against the Aeros. It is another Thirsty Thursday at the stadium
with fans able to enjoy $1 12-oz. soft drinks and draft beer through the end of
the seventh inning. There
will also be a special guest appearance and autographs at the game from NABA
U.S Heavyweight Champion and Akron’s own Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha.

Left-hander Scott Barnes (6-8, 4.83 ERA) hopes to end the recent Aeros
struggles against recently promoted Austin Hyatt of the Phillies. Join Jim
Clark for Thursday’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 Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 08/07: Chisenhall Homers Twice, Aeros Win 10-6

BRITAIN, CT – The Aeros defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 10-6 in a slugfest
Saturday night, jumping back to their winning ways the night after snapping a season-high
six-game losing streak.  Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall homered twice in the final three innings as Akron overcame a
rough Double-A debut from left-hander T.J. McFarland in front of 6,489 fans at
New Britain Stadium. With the win, the Aeros (58-54) are now 3.5 games behind
the Western Division wild card and the Rock Cats fell to 33-81.

started with a bang in the top of the second against New Britain starting
pitcher Deolis Guerra. First baseman Beau Mills led off the second with a
double and shortstop Carlos Rivero created an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI
single to right field.

lead did not last long as the Rock Cats responded against McFarland in the bottom
half of the frame. Erik Lis smashed a two-run homer to right field while a
double-steal, double-error play plated two more to create a three-run deficit
for the Aeros.

catcher Juan Apodaca promptly led another rally in the top of the third with a
single before back-to-back singles from left fielder Cristo Arnal and center
fielder Jordan Henry loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Apodaca and Akron
reclaimed a 6-4 lead on two-run singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and
right fielder John Drennen.

Britain tied the game in the bottom of that frame on four singles and a
run-scoring walk but the visitors re-claimed the edge for good in the fourth.
Designated hitter Tim Fedroff started with a double and later scored on Guerra’s
third wild pitch of the game.

Steven Wright led the charge for the Aeros bullpen after that inning and
Chisenhall helped the team add to the lead in the seventh. He homered to
left-center with one-out in the frame before Drennen recorded another RBI
double, and in the ninth, Chisenhall provided for the final margin on yet
another blast to right with a full count.

(1-1) earned the victory by recording a pair of shutout innings of relief with
three strikeouts and a lone walk. Guerra (2-8) struggled mightily in taking the
loss, permitting seven runs on nine hits in just four innings pitched.
McFarland allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five
strikeouts in four frames after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston
earlier in the day. Akron’s bullpen followed with five innings of one-hit
shutout baseball led by performances from Wright and Bryan Price.

finished 3-for-5 on the night with his two homers and three runs scored, now
ranking second on the team with 14 home runs this year. Mills, Fedroff, Apodaca
and Drennen each collected two hits as well and the latter delivered a
game-high three RBI.

Aeros conclude their weeklong road trip Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium
with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch time in the series finale against the Rock Cats. Akron
ace right-hander Alex White (6-5, 1.84 ERA) hopes to complete the three-game sweep
against New Britain’s Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.61 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:35 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #106: 08/01/10

GAME #106 ? SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Saturday Setback… The Reading Phillies scored in each of the final three innings Saturday to complete a comeback in their 8-6 victory in 10 innings over the Aeros at Canal Park. Akron led 2-0 after the first inning thanks to an RBI double by designated hitter Jason Kipnis and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Beau Mills. Reading cut the deficit to a run in the second and the two teams then exchanged scores in the third, fifth and seventh innings. The hosts led 6-4 entering the eighth but the Phillies responded with two doubles that frame, a game-tying wild pitch in the ninth and a rally in the 10th to take the lead. Reading reliever Justin De Fratus (1-0) earned the win while closer Omar Aguilar (2-4) took the loss and Sergio Escalona recorded his 10th save. 

? Bounce-Back Barnes… Left-hander Scott Barnes made his team-leading 20th start Saturday and recorded his fifth quality start in six outings. The 22-year-old native of Chicopee, MA allowed three runs on six hits in six innings pitched, striking out four batters with two walks. He has been much more consistent recently, holding a 4-3 record with a 3.78 ERA in 11 starts since June, limiting opponents to a .238 batting average along with 52 strikeouts against only 19 walks in 64.1 innings pitched. 
? Air Jordan… Nobody has been better this week for Akron than leadoff center fielder Jordan Henry. The speedy product of the University of Mississippi had his first career four-hit performance in Double-A Saturday night along with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Henry now has a seven-game hitting streak and in six games this home stand, is batting .571 (10-for-17) with six walks and seven runs scored. He turned 22 years old on the day of his promotion from Class A Kinston last month. 
? Three-Headed Monster… Following Henry in the lineup, both Kipnis and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall have been hot this week as well. Kipnis had three hits Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games as well while Chisenhall recorded his 11th home run of the season. Combined, the top three hitters for the Aeros are batting .407 (24-for-59) this home stand. 
? Prevent Defense… Akron tied a season-high Saturday with four errors in a game to increase their total to 57 in their last 49 games and 104 this year, fourth most in the Eastern League. Shortstop Carlos Rivero committed two errors in the loss and he now has 24 on the year, nearly doubling his season total of 14 from 2009 when he set a franchise-record with a .972 fielding percentage. 
? Spectacular Sunday… Today’s game marks the end of a four-game series against the Reading Phillies and a weeklong home stand at Canal Park. The Aeros hope to improve to 7-3-3 in their past 13 series with a win and after an off day Monday, the team travels to Blair County Ballpark Tuesday for the start of a crucial four-game set against the first-place Altoona Curve. 
The Akron Aeros led the 12-team Eastern League with an 18-9 record, .290 batting average and 2.59 ERA in the month of July, but still have two more suspended games left to finish.

Aerodynamics Game #105: 07/31/10

GAME #105 ? SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



Shutout City… Akron’s hot streak continued Friday night at Canal Park as three Aeros pitchers combined to shutout the Reading Phillies in a 6-0 victory. Lefty starter Kelvin De La Cruz led the way with six shutout innings and the scoring began in the first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. Shortstop Carlos Rivero then lofted a home run in the second inning before extending the lead to 3-0 with a sac fly in the third. An error by Reading third baseman Cody Overbeck scored Chisenhall from second base in the fifth and after a John Drennen double, a wild pitch plated Rivero. First baseman Beau Mills drove in the final run on an RBI infield single to third base in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. De La Cruz (4-5) earned the victory before relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Connor Graham sealed the deal as Phillies starter Ty Taubenheim (3-2) took the loss. 

Cruising Along… The left-hander De La Cruz recorded his third victory in a row Friday to cement an impressive month of July. Over the course of his five starts this month, he was 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA, striking out 24 batters in only 25.1 innings pitched. The soon-to-be 22-year-old native of La Vega, Dominican Republic had gone 10 consecutive games without a win prior to his outing July 15th against Erie, but has now limited opponents to two runs or less in five straight starts. He missed the majority of the 2009 season with a strained ligament in his throwing elbow and was placed on the Cleveland 40-man roster in November. 
Riveting Rivero… Many different players have stepped up recently on offense for the Aeros and Rivero was the hero Friday night against the Phillies. He finished 1-for-3 with his fourth homer of the season and a sacrifice fly, driving in two RBI with two runs scored. The Venezuela native is now batting .250 in 14 games since the Eastern League All-Star Break with seven RBI. He returned from the disabled list with a left wrist sprain on July 7th and began the month of July on a 3-for-22 slump at the plate. 
A-Head of the Curve… Following Friday’s victory, Head earned the promotion to Class AAA Columbus. This will be his second 2010 stint with the Clippers and he exits the Eastern League on one of the hottest streaks of his career. In 36 games played since June 10th, was batting .336 with 13 doubles, nine home runs, 25 runs scored and 22 RBI. The 27-year-old native of Topeka, KS also had a career-high 13-game hitting streak and was signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in August 2005. 
Changes… In other roster moves, the Aeros received infielder Justin Toole from short-season Class A Mahoning Valley while the Cleveland Indians activated closer Kerry Wood. Toole has played in 19 games this year between the Scrappers, Class A Kinston and Columbus. The Indians then traded Wood and cash to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. 
The Akron Aeros are 11-3 since the Eastern League All-Star Break earlier this month, making up seven games on the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve (5-11 since the break).

Recap 07/30: Aeros Blank Phillies, Secure 6-0 Victory

OH – The Aeros continued their recent success at home Friday night with an
all-around performance in a 6-0 victory against the Reading Phillies. A crowd
of 7,277 fans on Fireworks Friday witnessed Akron win at Canal Park for the 12th
time in 13 games, highlighted by six shutout innings from lefty starter Kelvin
De La Cruz. Coupled with a loss by the Altoona Curve Friday, the third-place
Aeros (56-48) are now only 3.5 games away from the Western Division lead and
the Phillies are 51-53 on the season.

scoring began early as leadoff center fielder Jordan Henry singled to
left-center in the bottom of the first. Henry promptly stole second base,
advanced to third on a fly out and scored on another sacrifice fly by third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

lead jumped to 2-0 in the second inning on a towering solo home run from
shortstop Carlos Rivero, just to the right of the left field foul pole. Reading
starter Ty Taubenheim allowed another run in the third as Rivero recorded a sac
fly to left to score Jason Kipnis.

De La Cruz kept the Phillies offense in check, the blowout continued in the
bottom of the fifth. Chisenhall singled to left and moved to second on a groundout
before scoring on a botched play by third baseman Cody Overbeck. Akron left
fielder John Drennen then doubled down the right field line and a wild pitch plated
Rivero to make it a 5-0 edge.

John Ennis replaced Taubenheim in the sixth but suffered the same fate despite
only having a runner on first base with two outs. The right-hander then hit
both Chisenhall and Jerad Head with pitches to load the bases while new relief
pitcher Tyson Brumment allowed an RBI infield single to first baseman Beau

hit provided for the final margin of the night as relievers Chen-Chang Lee and
Connor Graham combined for three shutout innings on one hit for the Aeros.

La Cruz (4-5) earned his third consecutive win, delivering six spotless innings
with seven strikeouts against only three hits and three walks. The left-hander,
who turns 22 years old Sunday, improved to 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts
in July and his recent winning streak follows a 10-game stretch with no
victories. Taubenheim (3-2) took the loss in permitting the first five runs
(three earned) in five innings on six hits and three walks.

of the nine Akron batters recorded a single hit but Rivero led the way with a
pair of runs scored and two RBI. His home run was his fourth of the season, second
against Reading, and the pitching staff’s shutout was their fourth in the month
of July.

is a Super Saver Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park as this four-game series
continues between the Aeros and the R-Phils. Fans can purchase tickets for only
$7 and once inside the stadium, can take advantage of $1 hot dogs, $1 12-oz.
draft beers and soft drinks, $1 popcorn and a 10% discount at the Infield
Outfitters team store.

just announced that left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.20 ERA) will start
Saturday night against Reading righty J.C. Ramirez (2-2, 4.59 ERA). Join Jim
Clark for Saturday’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.