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Aerodynamics Game #110: 08/05/10

GAME #110 ? THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010 ? 7:00 P.M. 



? Altoona Blues… Akron’s losing streak continued Wednesday night at the hands of the first-place Altoona Curve who earned a 5-1 victory at Blair County Ballpark. Lefty starter Rudy Owens limited the Aeros to a single hit through his six frames, with the only blast being a one-out solo home run by second baseman Jason Kipnis in the top of the first inning. The Curve responded with a run-scoring error in the second followed by two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly in the third. Akron starter Corey Kluber left the game after another run scoring on an RBI single from Matt Hague in the fourth while Altoona scored the final run of the game against reliever Rob Bryson in the bottom of the seventh. Owens (9-6) earned the victory with his dominating performance, Kluber (0-1) took the loss and Tom Boleska recorded his second save of the season with a shutout final three frames. 

? Rocky Start… Wednesday marked Kluber’s Cleveland Indians organizational debut following his trade deadline arrival from the San Diego Padres system. The 24-year-old right-hander struggled against the Curve however, permitting four runs (three earned) on eight hits in only four innings with five walks and four strikeouts. Upon the time of the three-way trade that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis, Kluber lead the Double-A Texas League with 136 strikeouts and was 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 22 games for the San Antonio Missions. He was San Diego’s fourth-round selection in the June 2007 Draft out of Stetson University. 
? Super Sun Devil… The only player to collect a hit Wednesday for Akron was Kipnis as he homered in the first inning and tripled in the seventh. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the June 2009 Draft out of Arizona State, he earned the promotion from Class A Kinston on June 10th and combined, is batting .318 with 25 doubles, 13 home runs, 73 runs scored and 55 RBI in 100 games. He leads the EL with his .425 batting average, .725 slugging percentage, 31 hits, and 52 total bases since the All-Star Break. 
? Moving On Up… Catcher Damaso Espino earned the promotion today to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers. The 27-year-old veteran joins his cousin Paolo in Columbus, as the right-handed pitcher earned the promotion Tuesday as well. Damaso was batting .250 in 59 games played in Akron this season and had a 34-25 record as a starting catcher. He also played in 21 contests last year in Double-A with the Aeros and the Indians acquired him via a mid-season trade in 2008 with the Kansas City Royals. 
? Juan Gone… In a corresponding roster move, Cleveland traded for catcher Juan Apodaca and activated him on the Akron roster. Apodaca had a .239 batting average in 55 games for Portland and Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox system this year. 
? Four Score… With Wednesday’s loss, the Aeros are 8-38 this season when scoring three runs or less in a game this season. Akron also has an 8-27 record when collecting seven hits or less and thus, has a 48-15 record when scoring at least four runs. 
The Akron Aeros offense has collected just 40 runs and 80 hits in the last 10 games after leading the EL with a .290 batting average and ranking second with 33 home runs in July.

Recap 07/26: Baysox Take Opener, Defeat Aeros 10-5

OH – The Bowie Baysox out-slugged the Aeros Monday night, earning a 10-5
victory in the first game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Amidst 29 total
hits, nine doubles, four errors and nine pitchers used in the three-hour and
21-minute marathon, the Baysox jumped an extra game in the tight Western
Division wild card race. With the win in front of the downtown Akron crowd of
7,661 fans on Dollar Dog Monday, second-place Bowie improved to 56-47 this
season with a two-game lead over the 53-48 Aeros.

League All-Star Paolo Espino struggled in the start for Akron and allowed Bowie
to take an early lead in the third. A Tyler Henson RBI single scored Greg
Miclat and the Baysox added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double
from Carlos Rojas.

3-0, the Aeros responded in the bottom of the fourth as designated hitter Matt
McBride and first baseman Beau Mills began the frame with back-to-back doubles.
Right fielder Jerad Head then scored Mills with a single but Bowie continued to
hammer Espino later that inning. Jonathan Tucker knocked him out of the game
with a one-out RBI double while reliever Steven Wright permitted two more hits
to increase the deficit to 6-2.

third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor against Baysox starting
pitcher Chorye Spoone in the fifth. Center fielder Jordan Henry drew a leadoff
walk and after an out, Chisenhall lined a homer to right, cutting the deficit
in half to only two runs.

the Bowie offense stayed hot with three runs all against Wright in the sixth
highlighted by a two-run single from Tucker. Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis
made it a 9-5 game with a double to score catcher Damaso Espino in the bottom
of that frame against reliever Ryohei Tanaka. Steven Lerud then added the
evening’s final run with a double to dead center field against new reliever
Nick Hagadone in the eighth.

(5-11) earned the win in just his second relief appearance of the season,
allowing a run on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Espino (9-4) took the
loss, snapping a streak of two straight quality starts in permitting the first
five runs on 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 frames. Wright struggled
as well in surrendering the next four runs while Hagadone delivered two innings
pitched on the night with one more run allowed.

18 batters recorded at least one hit, including 10 with at least two, as only
Akron catcher Damaso Espino did not to reach base twice. John Drennen, Mills, and
Head all collected two hits for Akron, as the latter extended his hitting
streak to 10 straight games.

in July returns to Canal Park Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. as this crucial
three-game continues. Exchange any five non-perishable food items for a free
ticket or a gently used winter coat (preferably a children’s size) for two with
all proceeds benefitting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Salvation
Army of Greater Akron. There will be seven Santas on hand along with stars from
the Akron Racers and it is Two for Tuesday featuring buy one, get one free
specials on hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes is the expected starter Tuesday for Akron as
he continues his rehab assignment in Double-A against Bowie lefty Rick Zagone
(1-2, 3.55 ERA). Join long-time Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Tuesday
evening’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.

Aerodynamics Game #98: 07/22/10

GAME #98 ? THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Broomsticks… The Aeros rallied for two runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to defeat the first-place Altoona Curve by the score of 4-2 and finish a perfect 7-0 on their weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Altoona scored first in the first inning against Aeros starter Paolo Espino on an RBI groundout from Gorkys Hernandez. Akron left fielder Jerad Head then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the second inning that preceded a 37-minute rain delay. The score remained until the Curve tied the margin in the sixth before the Aeros rallied against reliever Ramon Aguero in the eighth. Beau Mills tripled to lead while catcher Damaso Epsino broke open the game with an RBI single to left and Tim Fedroff then drew a run-scoring walk. Reliever Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win, Aguero (1-3) took the loss and Shane Lindsay earned his first Eastern League save. 

? Quality of Life… The starter Espino recorded his second straight quality start despite taking the no-decision Wednesday night against Altoona. The EL All-Star struck out six batters in six efficient innings, allowing just two runs on six hits total. A 23-year-old native of Panama, the right-hander now has a 3.71 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) for the Aeros this season. He currently leads the team with his 97.0 innings pitched and his 85 strikeouts are tied for the top mark with LHP Scott Barnes. 
? General Lee… Akron’s bullpen has been tremendous of late and nobody has been over the past month than the Taiwan native Lee. He struck out two in two shutout innings of relief Wednesday night, allowing just one hit to the seven batters he faced. Overall, Lee has recorded 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts against only four hits and three walks since the seventh inning against the Binghamton Mets on June 25th. He now leads the Aeros with 31 relief appearances this season. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Another impressive Akron star of late has been the first baseman Mills, who tripled to ignite the deciding rally Wednesday. He is now batting .311 (23-for-74) with 17 RBI in his past 19 games since returning from the disabled list with an intercostal strain injury on June 29th. Mills was Cleveland’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Catching On Strong… Espino was the hero Wednesday night as his RBI single in the eighth provided the game’s winning run. The Aeros are now 31-20 when he starts at catcher this season and the 27-year-old out of Panama City, Panama is batting .275 in Double-A. His cousin Paolo earned the win yesterday and is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts with Damaso catching. 
? Back in Black… Left-hander Nick Hagadone returned from the disabled list today and will start for the Aeros in the opener of a four-game road trip in Reading. Hagadone landed on the injured list on July 5th with left shoulder discomfort and will be followed tonight by LHP Eric Berger. To make room on the active roster, Lindsay was transferred to Class AAA Columbus.


Akron’s Matt McBride reached first base on a catcher’s interference Wednesday night for the third time, becoming just the sixth professional player to have at least three this season.

Recap 07/21: Aeros Sweep Home Stand, Defeat Altoona 4-2

OH – The Akron Aeros completed a perfect seven-game home stand Wednesday
evening, defeating the first-place Altoona Curve by the final score of 4-2 at
Canal Park. Catcher Damaso Espino scored the game-winning run with a dramatic
two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning in front of 1,782 fans in
downtown Akron. The win improved the third-place Aeros to 52-45, a season-best
seven games over .500 and only 5.5 games behind the Curve (57-39) in the
Eastern League’s Western Division.

began the scoring in the first against Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino. The
EL All-Star permitted a leadoff triple to shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gorkys
Hernandez promptly gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage with a run-scoring
groundout to first base.

narrow lead did not last for long as the Aeros responded in the bottom half of
the second, Matt McBride reached base to start the inning on a catcher’s
interference following a foul ball against Curve lefty starter Jeff Locke. Two
straight outs ensued before left fielder Jerad Head unloaded on the first pitch
he saw for a two-run homer to center.

Akron leading 2-1 after two innings, a rain delay interrupted the game action
at Canal Park for the second straight night. The pause lasted 37 minutes before
Locke and Espino battled in a pitcher’s duel for the remainder of the next
three frames.

Curve finally broke the standstill in the top of the sixth when Hague collected
a one-out single to right. Third baseman Jordy Mercer then provided a
game-tying double to left-center field, scoring Hague all the way from first

bullpens helped maintain the tie score until the deciding bottom of the eighth
inning against Altoona reliever Ramon Aguero. The right-hander recorded two
quick outs against Cleveland Indians star Shin-Soo Choo and McBride before Beau
Mills started the rally with a triple to center. Aguero then loaded the bases
with a pair of walks and Espino broke upon the game with his single to right on
a 1-2 offering. Tim Fedroff followed with the RBI of the night on a five-pitch
bases-loaded walk, providing for the game’s final 4-2 margin.

Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a pair of strikeouts in
two scoreless innings in relief of Espino. Aguero (1-3) took the loss in his
rough 0.2 innings pitched and Shane Lindsay recorded his first save as a member
of the Indians organization in the ninth. Espino provided six efficient innings
in the no-decision for his third quality start, striking out six batters
against two walks and six hits.

was the hero as he finished 1-for-4 with the clutch RBI in the bottom of the
eighth and Mills was the only Akron batter to finish with two hits. Choo
finished 0-for-4 in his projected final game on rehab assignment while
recovering from a right thumb sprain.

Aeros finally hit the road after the game this evening and begin a four-game
weekend series with the Reading Phillies Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The fun
starts at First Energy Stadium as Akron hopes to win an eighth straight game
with a currently unannounced starting pitcher against Reading’s Drew Naylor (8-7,
4.05 ERA). 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

(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.

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.

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.

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)

Aerodynamics Game #95: 07/19/10

GAME #95 ? MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 


AKRON AEROS (49-45) vs. ALTOONA CURVE (57-36) 

? How Sweep It Is… The Akron Aeros completed their first four-game series sweep of the season Sunday afternoon, routing the visiting Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park. Erie took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second inning before Akron responded with a single run in the second and then 10 more unanswered runs. The Aeros knocked Wolves starter Thad Weber out of the game with three runs in the sixth thanks to a clutch two-out, two-run single by catcher Damaso Espino. Shortstop Carlos Rivero picked up two of his three RBI with a double to left-center in the seventh and John Drennen made it an 8-2 lead with a run-scoring single. Lonnie Chisenhall singled home another run in the eighth while a two-run double by Beau Mills capped the blowout. Left-handed starter Scott Barnes (5-8) earned the win again and Weber (6-10) took the loss. 

? Scotty Does Know… Sunday marked the fourth consecutive quality start for Barnes as he made his team-leading 19th start of the year. The 22-year-old product of St. John’s University permitted two runs on three hits and two walks in his six innings pitched, striking out four batters while receiving plenty of run support from his offense. After struggling with a 1-5 record and a 7.45 ERA through May, Barnes has been much improved recently and now is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his four outings in July. He now ranks third in the Indians organization with 85 strikeouts and was acquired via a trade with the San Francisco Giants last July. 
? Head Start… Amidst another blowout Sunday against Erie, designated hitter Jerad Head starred for the Aeros offense. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate while tying a 2010 Akron-high with two doubles and setting a new mark with four runs scored. He also drove in a run and increased his season batting average to .297 in 40 games played in Double-A. The Topeka, KS native joined the roster on May 22nd from Class AAA Columbus and he appeared in 98 games for the defending EL Champions last year. 
? Sunday Best… Yesterday’s victory over the Erie SeaWolves was one of the best all-around performances by Akron in 2010. The team tied a season-high with the nine-run margin of victory while the offense smashed old records with the 19 hits and seven doubles. The white-hot Aeros are now a league-best 11-5 and have out-scored their opponents by 49 runs total in July. 
? Monday Madness… Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo joined the Aeros today on a Major League rehab assignment from the Indians. Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are both in tonight’s starting lineup for Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate on an exciting night at Canal Park. It is “Ship out LeBron James” night where fans can make charitable donations of any gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to Dollar Dog Monday this evening. The Canal District Union of the United Methodist Church will then take all of tonight’s donated apparel on an upcoming mission trip to either the Caribbean or South America. 
The Akron Aeros are currently 49-45 on the season and four games over .500 for just the second time this year, the first occurring when the team held a 5-1 record on April 13th.

Recap 07/18: Aeros Complete Sweep, Rout SeaWolves 11-2

OH – Setting several new season-highs yet again Sunday afternoon, the Akron
Aeros dominated the Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park.
The victory in front of 2,717 fans marked Akron’s first four-game series sweep
of 2010, with the last coming on the final series of 2009 against Erie. The
Aeros slugged 19 hits and seven doubles Sunday, both new yearly records, while
matching the top mark with their nine-run margin of victory. Akron’s win
improved the team’s record to 49-45 while the struggling last-place SeaWolves
(38-57) fell to a season-low 19 games below .500 with the loss.

enough, Erie actually scored first in the ball game against left-handed Aeros
starter Scott Barnes. The visitors rallied in the top of the second inning as
Rawley Bishop drew a leadoff walk and Michael Bertram scored him all the way
from first base with a double. A Justin Henry single later scored Bertram to
provide for the quick 2-0 margin.

would promptly record 11 unanswered runs to end the game and started with a
single tally in the bottom of that second. Designated hitter Jerad Head began
his big day with a double to center and quickly scored on a sacrifice fly by
shortstop Carlos Rivero.

Weber limited the Aeros for the next several innings as both him and Barnes
continued the early pitcher’s duel. The home team then exploded in the sixth,
knocking out Weber with three hits in the first four batters. Catcher Damaso
Espino collected the biggest hit of the frame, giving Akron a 5-2 advantage
with a two-out, two-run single.

blowout continued as the lead stretched to six with three more runs in the next
inning. Jason Kipnis started the seventh with a single against new pitcher Luis
Marte, Jerad Head singled as well and Rivero collected two RBI with a double to
left-center. Drennen also picked up another clutch two-out single before the
offense kept going in the eighth.

left fielder Tim Fedroff’s one-out double ignited the final attack of the
afternoon and he later scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. Head then doubled
home another run to make it 10-2 and Beau Mills provided the final blast with
yet another RBI two-bagger.

(5-8) earned the win in allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts
through six innings pitched. His impressive outing was his fourth consecutive
quality start, tying another 2010 Akron record twice set by Alex White. Weber
(6-10) took the loss while the Aeros pounded the Erie bullpen for seven runs on
10 hits in the final 2.2 innings. Relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay
then closed the door with three shutout frames.

four hits tied another top total for the year and became the first Akron player
to score four runs during a contest during this regular season as well. Every
single player in the lineup finished with at least one hit while seven had
multi-hit performances, led by the two doubles from both Head and Mills, again
tying offensive records in 2010.

This home stand continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros host the first-place Altoona Curve. It is the much-anticipated “Ship
out LeBron James” night at Canal Park where fans make charitable donations of
gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to the game. Tomorrow
marks another Dollar Dog Monday with Akron’s Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA)
starting against Altoona lefty ace Rudy Owens (8-3, 3.00 ERA). Monday evening’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.