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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.

Recap 07/24: White Dazzles Again, Aeros Beat Phillies 12-1

READING,
PA – Starter Alex White pitched seven efficient innings Saturday night to lead
the Aeros to a 12-1 victory at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Phillies.
Akron smacked three home runs on the night and 17 hits total, snapping
back-to-back defeats at the hand of the Phillies this weekend. A crowd of 6,765
fans witnessed the Aeros (53-47) score early and often en route to remaining
only one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second place wild card spot
in the Western Division while Reading is now 49-50.

First
baseman Beau Mills starred early for Akron as he drew a leadoff walk in the
second inning against Phillies starter Yohan Flande. Mills eventually scored on
a fielder’s choice before a monster bottom of the third for the road team. The
Aeros scored five runs in that frame, all with no outs, and started with a
double and three singles. Mills then brought home three more runs with a homer
to right, providing for the early 6-0 advantage.

White
cruised in the meantime, finally allowing the Phillies to score their lone run
in the bottom of the fourth. Timo Perez plated Michael Spidale on the RBI single,
but Akron maintained the six-run edge with another score in the fifth. Designated
hitter Matt McBride doubled to begin the frame while both shortstop Carlos
Rivero and left fielder John Drennen singled to bring home the run.

The
blowout continued in the sixth when center fielder Jordan Henry walked and second
baseman Jason Kipnis singled to end Flande’s night. An error by second baseman
Harold Garcia then plated Henry while McBride’s sacrifice fly made it an
eight-run game.

Aeros
right fielder Jerad Head then extended the lead yet again with a leadoff home
run in the top of the seventh. White finished after the seventh right before
Drennen delivered the evening’s final blow with a two-run, two-out home run in
the eighth.

White
(6-4) earned the win with his sixth consecutive quality start, striking out
seven batters against one run on eight hits. The 21-year-old now has a 1.48 ERA
in 12 Eastern League starts and he has allowed just four earned runs over these
last six outings. Flande (7-7) took the loss in permitting nine runs (eight
earned) on 12 hits in five frames while relievers Rob Bryson and Chen-Chang Lee
shutout the Phillies in the final two innings.

Nine
of the 10 Akron batters collected a hit on the night while six finished with
multi-hit performances. McBride was the only to finish with three base knocks
while also scoring three times and driving in a pair of runs. Drennen and Mills
each had three RBI in the victory while both homered for the eighth time this
season.

The
Aeros hope to manage a four-game split in this weekend series in Sunday
afternoon’s finale at 1:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Akron left-hander
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will look for his third win in three second
half starts against a currently unannounced Reading starter. Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast beginning at
12:50 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 #99: 07/23/10

GAME #99 ? FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #48 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA

AKRON AEROS (52-46) AT READING PHILLIES (48-49)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? End of an Era… Akron’s seven-game winning streak ended in Reading, PA Thursday night as the Phillies defeated the Aeros by the final score of 4-1 in front of 8,319 fans at First Energy Stadium. Drew Naylor pitched eight efficient innings for the R-Phils in the victory while his offense pounced on Akron lefty starter Nick Hagadone in the first. Reading’s Harold Garcia homered for the first time this season that inning and Kevin Mahar added another solo shot in the fourth. The Aeros scored their lone run of the game when shortstop Carlos Rivero doubled and second baseman Cristo Arnal picked up the RBI on a single to left in the fifth. The Phillies added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings as Naylor (9-7) earned the victory, Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss in his return from the disabled list and Justin De Fratus recorded his first save with Reading. 

? Lefty Lefty… Hagadone remained on a limited pitch count Thursday and was followed by fellow left-hander Eric Berger. The usual starting pitcher permitted three runs (two earned) on six hits in his three innings pitched before leaving in the seventh. Overall, Hagadone and Berger combined to allow all of opposing runs on the night and each of the home runs. Hagadone returned earlier in the day from a two-week stint on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort and will start again Tuesday. 
? Graham Cracker… The first two pitchers struggled Thursday while reliever Connor Graham finished the game with two shutout innings. He replaced Berger in the seventh and stranded both of his inherited runners with a pair of strikeouts. The Bowling Green, OH native now has a 2.50 ERA as a reliever and if qualified, would lead the EL with his 3.23 ground out-to-air out ratio. 
? Drennen Delivers… Right fielder John Drennen recorded a single in Thursday night’s loss in Reading to extend his hitting streak to seven straight games. The San Diego native now ranks sixth in the Eastern League with a .309 batting average this season and has been one of the league’s best players over the past three months. After starting the year 9-for-46 at the plate, the 23-year-old is batting .331 over his past 66 contests dating back to April 25th with 15 doubles, 28 runs scored and 34 RBI. 
? Summer Session… Despite last night’s loss, July has been a great month for the Akron Aeros pitching staff. The team now owns a 2.17 ERA in 20 games this month, opponents have scored more than four runs on only two occasions and never more than six. 
? Major League… The Aeros made another roster move today as the Cleveland Indians activated Shin-Soo Choo from the MLB 15-day disabled list. Choo participated in three games during Akron’s home stand earlier this week, batting .091 (1-for-11) with a run scored and a stolen base. He played alongside teammate and Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera Monday night when he became the fourth different Cleveland player this season to play at Canal Park, also joining Kerry Wood and Russell Branyan. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
After starting the season 6-18 at home and 12-10 on the road, the Akron Aeros are now 21-6 in their past 27 home games at Canal Park yet only 13-12 in their last 25 road contests.

Recap 07/22: R-Phils Snap Akron’s Streak, Defeat Aeros 4-1

READING,
PA – The Reading Phillies ended a seven-game winning streak for the Aeros
Thursday night, defeating Akron 4-1 in front of a home crowd of 8,319 fans at
First Energy Stadium. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor went eight efficient innings
for Reading as his team led throughout the contest thanks to a first inning run
against Aeros starter Nick Hagadone. Despite the loss, Akron (52-46) remains
only a half-game behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division while the
Phillies improved to 48-49 this season.

Reading
second baseman Harold Garcia recorded the early blow with one out in the first
against Hagadone. On a 2-1 pitch, he homered for the first time this season,
giving the Phillies a very quick 1-0 lead that they would preserve for the rest
of the night.

The
lefty Hagadone, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, left
after three innings in favor of usual Aeros starter Eric Berger due to a
limited pitch count. Berger then promptly allowed the game’s second one-out
homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, yet again to left field and this time
by Reading third baseman Kevin Mahar.

Akron
finally pounced on Naylor in the fifth, as shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a
leadoff double for the first hit in a span of 13 batters. Rivero then advanced
to third base on a groundout by catcher Miguel Perez and scored immediately
after on an RBI single to left by second baseman Cristo Arnal. The run cut the
deficit to 2-1, but the Phillies responded yet again.

Leadoff
center fielder Michael Spidale doubled with two outs in the bottom of that fifth
and Mahar collected his second RBI on a single to right. Reading scored their
final run of the night in the seventh on a Spidale single before eventually
stranding the bases loaded.

Naylor
(9-7) was dominant in earning the victory, allowing multiple base runners in
only the fifth inning. He became one of five Eastern League pitchers to win
nine games this season and recorded five strikeouts against four hits, two
walks and the lone run of the game. Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss
in seven games, permitting just one run in three innings before Berger gave up
three more (two earned) in his three frames. Reading closer Justin De Fratus
then picked up his first save with a shutout ninth.

Arnal
was the only Aero to reach base multiple times overall as he finished 1-for-2
with a walk and the game’s only RBI. First baseman Matt McBride doubled to
extend his road on-base streak to 42 consecutive games while red-hot second
baseman Jason Kipnis earned the night off after hitting safely in the first
seven games after the EL All-Star Break.

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). Join
Jim Clark for Friday 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/22: R-Phils Snap Akrons Streak, Defeat Aeros 4-1

READING,
PA – The Reading Phillies ended a seven-game winning streak for the Aeros
Thursday night, defeating Akron 4-1 in front of a home crowd of 8,319 fans at
First Energy Stadium. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor went eight efficient innings
for Reading as his team led throughout the contest thanks to a first inning run
against Aeros starter Nick Hagadone. Despite the loss, Akron (52-46) remains
only a half-game behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division while the
Phillies improved to 48-49 this season.

Reading
second baseman Harold Garcia recorded the early blow with one out in the first
against Hagadone. On a 2-1 pitch, he homered for the first time this season,
giving the Phillies a very quick 1-0 lead that they would preserve for the rest
of the night.

The
lefty Hagadone, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, left
after three innings in favor of usual Aeros starter Eric Berger due to a
limited pitch count. Berger then promptly allowed the game’s second one-out
homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, yet again to left field and this time
by Reading third baseman Kevin Mahar.

Akron
finally pounced on Naylor in the fifth, as shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a
leadoff double for the first hit in a span of 13 batters. Rivero then advanced
to third base on a groundout by catcher Miguel Perez and scored immediately
after on an RBI single to left by second baseman Cristo Arnal. The run cut the
deficit to 2-1, but the Phillies responded yet again.

Leadoff
center fielder Michael Spidale doubled with two outs in the bottom of that fifth
and Mahar collected his second RBI on a single to right. Reading scored their
final run of the night in the seventh on a Spidale single before eventually
stranding the bases loaded.

Naylor
(9-7) was dominant in earning the victory, allowing multiple base runners in
only the fifth inning. He became one of five Eastern League pitchers to win
nine games this season and recorded five strikeouts against four hits, two
walks and the lone run of the game. Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss
in seven games, permitting just one run in three innings before Berger gave up
three more (two earned) in his three frames. Reading closer Justin De Fratus
then picked up his first save with a shutout ninth.

Arnal
was the only Aero to reach base multiple times overall as he finished 1-for-2
with a walk and the game’s only RBI. First baseman Matt McBride doubled to
extend his road on-base streak to 42 consecutive games while red-hot second
baseman Jason Kipnis earned the night off after hitting safely in the first
seven games after the EL All-Star Break.

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). Join
Jim Clark for Friday 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/20: Kipnis Leads Aeros Sluggers to 10-3 Victory

AKRON,
OH – Second baseman Jason Kipnis homered twice Tuesday night as the Aeros
improved to a perfect 6-0 since the All-Star Break with a 10-3 win over the
Altoona Curve. Kipnis starred while three other Akron players also hit home
runs against Altoona starter Jared Hughes. It was yet another blowout at Canal
Park in front of 2,602 fans and a 22-minute rain delay preceded a massive
three-homer, seven-run fourth inning. With the win, the Aeros (51-45) are now
only 6.5 games behind the first-place Curve (57-38) in the Western Division
standings, the smallest margin for Akron since a loss on April 30th.

The
offensive outpour began quickly as Kipnis, batting leadoff for the first time
in his brief Double-A career, smacked a home run to left-center to start the
contest. Rehabbing Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo reached base
on a fielding error at second base shortly after, and scored on a two-out RBI
double by first baseman Beau Mills.

A
rain delay interfered with play in the middle of the second, halting play for
just 22 minutes before Altoona responded to tie the score at 2-2 in the third.
With two outs against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz, the Curve smacked three
straight hits including back-to-back RBI knocks from Josh Harrison and Matt
Hague.

Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then gave the Aeros the lead for good in the bottom
half of that third with a one-out solo homer to center. That blast preceded a
monster bottom of the fourth for the home team against the 6’7″ right-hander
Hughes.

Another
fielding error brought Carlos Rivero to first base to start the inning, and
left fielder John Drennen followed with a two-run homer to right. After a
hit-by-pitch and a bunt single, Kipnis then unloaded on his second moon shot of
the night to center. Hughes finally forced two straight outs after a Chisenhall
single to left, but Mills promptly followed with the inning’s third homer,
extending the margin to 10-2.

The
Curve scored a final run in the sixth as Akron’s Rob Bryson struggled in his
Eastern League debut. He walked four straight batters with three wild pitches
before fellow reliever Bryan Price avoided further damage with a strikeout and
an inning-ending double play.

De
La Cruz (3-5) earned his second straight victory in allowing just two runs in
five innings, striking out three against six hits and three walks. The
left-hander had won just one contest in his first 12 EL starts while Hughes
(10-7) took the loss as he permitted all 10 runs (six earned) including the
five home runs on the night. Price retired eight of the nine batters he faced
in three scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout.

Kipnis
was the star as he is now batting .600 (15-for-25) with six multi-hit
performances in six games since the All-Star Break. The five home runs were a
new Akron season-high and Choo finished 0-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen
base in his second rehab game.

The
Aeros look for the seven-game home stand sweep in the series finale with the
Curve Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Fans can save $28 at the
ballpark on Family Pack specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of
chips and four soft drinks for only $48 total! Eastern League All-Star Paolo
Espino (9-3, 3.76 ERA) takes the mound for Akron against Altoona’s newest
starter in lefty Jeff Locke (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Wednesday’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.

Recap 07/19: Akron Homers Thrice in 4-1 Win over Altoona

AKRON,
OH – The Akron Aeros slugged three solo home runs Monday night in a crucial 4-1
victory over the first-place Altoona Curve at Canal Park. Rehabbing Cleveland
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, red-hot right fielder Matt McBride and left
fielder Jerad Head all homered as Akron won for the fifth straight game. Aeros
right-handed starter Alex White also earned the victory with yet another
quality start in front of a crowd of 3,797 fans on “Ship out LeBron James”
night. The win improved Akron (50-45) to a season-high five games over .500 for
the year while the Curve fell to 57-37.

The
scoring began in the first against dominant Altoona lefty Rudy Owens. The
starter allowed a one-out single to second baseman Jason Kipnis before a
fielder’s choice and a base hit from another rehabbing Cleveland star in
designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo. McBride then delivered the RBI on a single to
left, giving the Aeros a quick 1-0 lead.

Akron’s
home run brigade began in the bottom of the fourth against Owens as McBride led
off the inning. He promptly smashed the second pitch into the canal in left
field, increasing the advantage to two runs with his team-leading 15th
homer.

The
Curve finally responded against White to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the top of
the fifth inning. Right fielder Miles Durham singled to left with two outs and Anthony
Norman’s single placed runners on first and third base. White followed by
sailing a pitch over catcher Damaso Espino, moving up both runners and
tightening up the game.

Cabrera
then began the bottom half of that inning with a solo blast against Owens, his
first homer in seven games during his minor league rehab assignment. Leading
off the sixth against new reliever Michael Dubee, Head cemented the lead with
his second home run in as many nights to provide for the final margin of the
game.

White
(5-4) earned the win by striking out seven over seven innings of one-run
baseball, scattering six hits against no walks. He became the first Aero to
record five consecutive quality starts this season and now has a 1.50 ERA in 11
Double-A starts. Owens (8-4) took the loss in his five innings while Connor
Graham earned his seventh hold and newly annointed closer Omar Aguilar recorded
his fifth save of the year with a perfect ninth.

Kipnis,
the reigning Akron Aeros Player of the Week, led the offensive charge in
finishing 3-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. Cabrera went 2-for-4 with
his homer while Choo was 1-for-3 before pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero entered the
game in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile,
the Aeros collected over 200 items of LeBron James apparel on the night for
donation to a charitable cause. Fans redeemed 157 free tickets in the special
promotion with all of the donated clothing heading on an upcoming mission trip
by the Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church to the Caribbean or
South America.

This
pivotal three-game series continues Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park.
Fans can enjoy another Two for Tuesday in downtown Akron with special offers on
hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream while also utilizing a KRAFT
Singles buy one ticket, get one free special. Aeros lefty Kelvin De La Cruz
(2-5, 5.28 ERA) aims for a second straight victory against Altoona’s Jared
Hughes (10-6, 4.46 ERA). Tuesday night’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.