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Aerodynamics 08/29: Game #134

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Game #134 Sunday, August 29, 2010 1:35 P.M.
Home Game #71 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (69-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-74)

Cleveland
Indians              Detroit
Tigers

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Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • The Aeros have won all 10 games
    against Erie at Canal Park this year and 19 straight at home dating back to May
    25, 2009. Over that stretch, Akron has outscored the SeaWolves 135-38.

 

Aerodynamics

  • Goose
    eggs recalled…
    The
    Aeros shutout Erie for the second time in this four-game series with a 9-0
    decision. The Aeros struck first when designated hitter Jerad Head hit in
    center fielder Jordan Henry on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in which the
    SeaWolves attempted to turn a double play in the first inning. Right fielder
    John Drennen eventually took advantage with an RBI-single to right field that
    scored second baseman Jason Kipnis. Head faced another bases-loaded opportunity
    in the second and he promptly delivered with a two-RBI double down the left
    field line that scored shortstop Cristo Arnal and Henry. First baseman Beau
    Mills followed with a two-RBI single that scored third baseman Lonnie
    Chisenhall and Head for a 6-0 lead. Head added his fourth RBI of the night in
    the fourth with a sacrifice fly that brought in Kipnis. The Aeros scored
    insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to cement the win.

  • EL
    Shutouts…
    Akron
    has shut out Erie three times this season, and is tied with Trenton with the
    most shutouts in the league with 12. The Aeros are 12-4 in shutout games this
    year while the Thunder holds a 12-5 record in shutout games.

  • Happy
    Birthday…
    Left-handed
    starter Matt Packer celebrated his 23rd birthday in style as he shut
    out the SeaWolves and struck out eight batters, the most he has had with the
    Aeros, through six innings of work. The Germantown, Tenn. earned his first
    Double-A win and improved to 1-2. Erie starter Jon Kibler (5-5) took the loss
    after he gave up seven runs on seven hits with six walks and two strikeouts in
    four innings.

  • Head scalps Erie… Outfielder Jerad Head continues to be successful against the
    SeaWolves as he recorded his 10th multi-RBI game of the season with
    the Aeros Saturday as he hit in four runners. It’s the second time the Topeka,
    Kan. native has batted in four runs this year. Head has the highest batting
    average (.425) and the most RBI (13) of any current Aeros player against Erie.

  • Duplicating Drennen… Outfielder John Drennen has went 2-4 with a double in each of the
    past four games. The San Diego native has hit in six RBI and scored three runs
    during that stretch.

  • Post-season
    setting up…
    Akron
    improved their playoff chances as they gained a game on current Western
    Division wild card leader Harrisburg with the Senators 2-1 loss to Trenton, as
    well as third-place Bowie as they fell 6-5 to New Britain. The Aeros are now
    2.5 games back of the wild card lead with nine games remaining. Altoona
    defeated Richmond Saturday night meaning they stay 10 games in front of Akron,
    thus eliminating them from winning the regular season division title. Trenton
    and New Hampshire both have clinched playoff spots in the east. If the Aeros
    win the wild card, they will play the Western Division champions on September 8
    and 9 before returning to Canal Park on Friday, Sept. 10. If necessary, Game 4
    will be in Akron on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Game 5 will be on the road on
    Sunday, Sept. 12.

Aerodynamics 08/28: Game #133

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Game #133 Saturday, August 28, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Home Game #70 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (68-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-73)

Cleveland Indians            
      Detroit Tigers

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Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • The Aeros’ 12 wins against Erie
    are the most they’ve had against any Eastern League team this season. Their
    .750 winning percentage is the second highest behind New Britain (.833).

 

Aerodynamics

  • Walking
    home…
    The Aeros
    pulled away from Erie in the second half of the game to defeat the SeaWolves
    5-2. A scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth inning when the
    Aeros rallied with two outs to score a pair of runs. After catcher Juan Apodaca
    and shortstop Cristo Arnal both hit singles, center fielder Jordan Henry walked
    to load the bases. Second baseman Jason Kipnis also walked to force in the
    first run. Arnal scored soon after on a wild pitch by Brayan Villarreal to give
    Akron a 2-0 lead. Erie answered in the sixth when Brandon Douglas scored from
    third when Bryan Pounds grounded out unassisted to first with one out. Akron
    cushioned their lead on a second bases loaded walk when third baseman Lonnie
    Chisenhall took a base on balls to force in Arnal in the seventh. Designated
    hitter Jerad Head proceeded to hit a double to left center field that scored
    Henry and Kipnis. Erie struck back in the eighth after Rawley Bishop hit an
    RBI-single, but could not take advantage and left the bases loaded as Akron won
    5-2.


  • Mission
    statement…
    Right
    handed starter Corey Kluber earned the win to even out his record at 2-2. The
    Coppell, Texas native allowed one run on eight hits. Kluber struck-out five
    SeaWolves against one walk over seven innings of work. He now has 157 combined
    strikeouts on the year with 136 during his time with the Double A Texas League
    San Antonio Missions. That currently tops the list for most in Double A this
    season, 14 better than Harrisburg’s Tom Milone, and sixth in all of minor
    league baseball.

  • Save
    me…
    Reliever
    Omar Aguilar recorded his seventh save of the season after he came on in the
    ninth to secure the win. The Merced, Calif. native is currently fourth in the
    Eastern League in the category of highest strikeouts per nine innings pitched
    ratio for relievers at 10.53 with 69 strikeouts over 59 innings pitched.

  • Here’s
    Johnny…
    Outfielder
    John Drennen has gone 2-for-4 in each of his past three games against Erie and
    Bowie. The San Diego, Calif. native now has a team-high 36 multi-hit games,
    four ahead of fellow outfielder Tim Fedroff. Drennen currently has a batting
    average of .304, third in the Eastern League behind Bowie’s Ryan Adams (.305)
    and Reading’s Tagg Bozied (.318).


  • Tick
    tock…
    Akron
    remains 3.5 games behind Harrisburg for the Western Division wild card. Bowie
    also remains ahead of the Aeros as the Baysox trail the Senators by 1.5 games.
    The defending Eastern League champions’ elimination number now stands at eight.
    That number will go down by one anytime the Aeros lose or the wild card leader
    wins.


  • Spirit
    fingers…
    On
    Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a foam finger giveaway sponsored by
    the Akron Canton Airport. The airport will also be giving away a free AirTran
    airline voucher to two lucky fans in attendance. Sunday will be the final
    Family Pack Sunday and will be sponsored by the Duquesne Incline where fans can
    buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks, and four bags of chips
    for only $48!

Aerodynamics 08/27: Game #132

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Game #132 Friday, August 27, 2010 7:05 P.M.
Home Game #69 Canal Park Akron, OH

Akron Aeros (67-64) vs. Erie SeaWolves (59-72)

Cleveland Indians           
       Detroit Tigers

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Aeros Stat of the Day:

  • The
    Aeros winning percentage in shutout games is .733, currently the best in the
    Eastern League. Akron has played in 15 shutout games and has won 11, second
    most in the league.

 

Aerodynamics

  • Goose egg… The Aeros defeated Erie by a
    12-0 count Thursday for their 11th shutout of the season. Akron
    jumped out to 6-0 lead thanks to home runs by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall,
    right fielder John Drennen, and left fielder Tim Fedroff, and alert base
    running by second baseman Jason Kipnis who came in from second after a throwing
    error. Akron poured on the runs in the seventh in a rally started by designated
    hitter Jerad Head when he hit an RBI single up the middle to score center
    fielder Jordan Henry from second. Mills then walked to load the bases to set up
    Perez. The Caracas, Venezuela native singled to score Kipnis, but an error on
    Erie’s left fielder Brandon Jones allowed Head to come home. Drennen made it
    11-0 with a deep double to left-center field that brought home Mills and Perez.
    Erie hurt itself again when Pounds threw the ball wide of first base and
    Drennen advanced home from second to make it 12-0. SeaWolves starter Anthony
    Shawler took the loss and is now 4-3.

  • White’s out… Right-handed starter Alex
    White had a fantastic outing as he improved to 8-7 with three hits, five
    strikeouts and one walk. He threw seven shutout innings, matching his longest
    outing of the season. The former Tar Heel has a team leading 12 quality starts
    of fewer than three earned runs in at least six innings pitched. Relievers Nick
    Hagadone and Rob Bryson came in and pitched an inning each with Bryson giving
    up the only other hit of the game.

  • Lunar Lonnie… With Chisenhall’s home run
    in the first inning Thursday, The Newport, N.C. native now has 17 round trips
    and has tied current Columbus Clipper Matt McBride for the most by any Aeros
    player this season. It is Chisenhall’s second home run of the week after
    hitting one on Tuesday in Bowie.

  • Taking advantage… The Aeros have scored
    four runs in the past three games on plays where opponents have made an error.
    Akron’s opponents in the past three games have committed a total of nine
    errors, the most over any three-game stretch this season.

  • No love…The Aeros didn’t receive any help
    tonight in the Western Division wild card race as Bowie came back to defeat New
    Britain and Harrisburg defeated Trenton. Akron remains 3.5 games back of the
    second-place Senators, but now has an elimination number in single digits at
    nine with 11 games to play.

  • Number one fireworks… The final fireworks
    show of the season will follow Friday’s game against Erie and will be sponsored
    by KeyBank. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a foam finger
    giveaway sponsored by the Akron Canton Airport. The airport will also be giving
    away a free AirTran airline voucher to two lucky fans in attendance. Sunday
    will be the final Family Pack Sunday and will be sponsored by the Duquesne
    Incline where fans can buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks,
    and four bags of chips for only $48!

Aeros Recap 08/26: Aeros Shutout SeaWolves 12-0

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The Aeros won their third consecutive game with an impressive 12-0 shutout
against Erie. Akron gave up only four hits on the evening in front of 7,765
fans at Canal Park while improving to 67-64 as the last-place SeaWolves dropped
to 59-72.

 

Akron
jumped out to an early lead with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out solo
home run in the first inning. The Newport, N.C. native now has 17 round trips
and has tied current Columbus Clipper Matt McBride for the most by any Aeros
player this season.

 

The
Aeros scored a second run in the third when second baseman Jason Kipnis came in
from second after a throwing error by Bryan Pounds, who attempted to get the
third out on a force at second. Right fielder John Drennen doubled the lead in
the next frame with a two-run home run that also scored catcher Miguel Perez
after he reached safely on a single. Left fielder Tim Fedroff duplicated
Drennen’s effort with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth that brought in
first baseman Beau Mills.

 

Akron
poured on the runs in the seventh in a rally started by designated hitter Jerad
Head when he hit an RBI single up the middle to score center fielder Jordan
Henry from second. Mills then walked to load the bases to set up Perez. The
Caracas, Venezuela native singled to score Kipnis, but an error on Erie’s left
fielder Brandon Jones allowed Head to come home. Drennen made it 11-0 with a
deep double to left-center field that brought home Mills and Perez. Erie hurt
itself again when Pounds threw the ball wide of first base and Drennen advanced
home from second to make it 12-0.

 

Right-handed
starter Alex White had a fantastic outing as he improved to 8-7 with three hits,
five strikeouts and one walk. He threw seven shutout innings, matching his
longest outing of the season. SeaWolves starter Anthony Shawler, now 4-3, took
the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, three home runs,
and seven strikeouts.

 

The
Aeros didn’t receive any help tonight in the Western Division wild card race as
Bowie came back to defeat New Britain and Harrisburg defeated Trenton. Akron
remains 3.5 games back of the second-place Senators, but now has an elimination
number in single digits at nine with 11 games to play.

 

Fireworks
sponsored by KeyBank will follow Friday’s game and will be the last of the
season. Join Jim Clark for Thursday’s internet-only
broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. at www.akronaeros.com
as right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.66 ERA) faces the SeaWolves’
righty Brayan Villarreal (0-3, 4.13 ERA). For more information, please call the
Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.

 

Recap 08/15: Aeros Complete Sweep with 7-0 Win

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros completed a three-game series sweep of the New Britain Rock Cats
with a 7-0 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 3,359 fans at Canal Park. Akron
recorded another 11 hits in the contest highlighted by a two-run homer from
second baseman Jason Kipnis. With the victory, the Aeros now sport a 62-57
record and trail the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox by 1.5 games while New
Britain fell to 34-87

The
scoring began in the first inning as center fielder Jordan Henry led off with a
single to right. Kipnis followed with a two-run shot off the Miller Lite sign
in center field, and left fielder Tim Fedroff recorded another RBI with a
triple in the second.

In
the fourth inning, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall continued his impressive series
against New Britain with a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-0. The Aeros
added their final runs with one out in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly
from first baseman Beau Mills and a run-scoring single from right fielder John
Drennen.

Akron
starting pitcher Corey Kluber (1-2) delivered six shutout innings to earn his
first win in the Cleveland Indians organization. He allowed just six hits and
one walk while striking out four batters in his third start since joining the
team following a three-team trade that also that sent Jake Westbrook to St.
Louis. New Britain’s Bobby Lanigan (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs
on eight hits in five innings pitched and Aeros relievers Connor Graham and
Omar Aguilar provided three more shutout frames.

The
home run from Kipnis was his 9th in Double-A and he finished 2-for-2
at the plate with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Henry, Chisenhall and
Drennen all finished with a pair of hits as well and the Aeros finished with 48
hits in the three-game series.

Akron has an off day on Monday before traveling to Reading for a
doubleheader that includes the completion of a suspended game from July 25th
and an originally scheduled game that has been shortened to seven innings. They
will pick up action at 6:05 p.m. in the bottom of the fourth inning with the
scored tied 5-5. The pitchers in the opener have not been announced while Aeros
left-hander Matt Packer (0-0, 0.64 ERA) will start against R-Phils righty J.C.
Ramirez (3-3, 5.37 ERA) in the second game. Join Ken Carman for Tuesday night’s
radio broadcast beginning at  5:50 p.m.
on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 08/14: Aeros Collect 20 Hits, Win 12-2 Saturday

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros recorded a season-high 20 hits during their 12-2 triumph over the
New Britain Rock Cats Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,847 fans at Canal
Park. Akron scored early and often with nine runs through the first three
innings en route to a third straight victory, a second straight over the Rock
Cats. The game began after a 59-minute rain delay as the Aeros improved to
61-57 and New Britain dropped to 34-86.

Akron’s
scoring began quickly against Rock Cats starter Cole DeVries as third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall singled with two outs in the first. First baseman Beau Mills
followed with an RBI double and right fielder John Drennen extended the lead to
2-0 a single to right.

The
blowout continued in the second as catcher Juan Apodaca drew a one-out walk and
designated hitter Cristo Arnal singled. An error later scored Apodaca before
Chisenhall gave the Aeros a six-run advantage with a three-run home run to the
bullpen in right.

After
a strikeout began the third inning, Akron rallied with five consecutive singles
including RBI hits from center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason
Kipnis. Chisenhall followed again to extend the edge to 9-0 with a sacrifice
fly to center.

Henry
singled to start a fifth inning burst and Kipnis walked against reliever Mike
McCardell. Yet again, Chisenhall drove home the run with a single before New
Britain finally scored in the top of the sixth. Starter Alex White permitted a
sacrifice fly in that frame and reliever Bryan Price then allowed an RBI single
to Mark Dolenc in the seventh.

The
top of the Aeros order sparked the final scoring of the night against McCardell
in the seventh. Henry walked, pinch-hitter Justin Toole singled and another
error gave Akron an 11-2 lead. Mills then recorded an RBI with a groundout to
first to provide for the last run.

The
right-hander White (7-6) was solid on the mound in earning the win with six
efficient innings in his team-leading 11th quality start. He allowed
just one run on three hits with three strikeouts, recording a career-high 13
groundball outs. DeVries (1-5) took the loss in the spot-start, permitting nine
runs (five earned) on 11 hits in his three frames.

Every
Aeros batter recorded at least one hit in the game for the second straight game
against the Rock Cats. In fact, everyone but Kipnis and Toole finished with two
base hits in the game highlighted by a career performance from Chisenhall. He
finished 3-for-4 at the plate with his 15th home run and set a new personal
Double-A high with five RBI.

Akron’s
weeklong home ends Sunday against New Britain at 1:35 p.m. for a Family Fun Day
at Canal Park. The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens sponsors
tomorrow’s Family Packs, a special offer of four tickets, four hot dogs, four
bags of chips and four soft drinks for only $48 while all kids can also run the
bases after the game.

The Aeros look for the sweep tomorrow with newcomer
Corey Kluber (0-2, 10.13 ERA) on the mound against New Britain’s Bobby Lanigan
(2-1, 3.95 ERA). Join Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:20 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

AKRON,
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.

Reyes
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.

Left-hander
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.

Shortstop
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.

Drennen
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.

That
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.

Phillies
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.

Drennen
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.

Reading
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.