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Aerodynamics Game #114: 08/10/10

GAME #114 ? TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.

HOME GAME #58 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (58-55) VS. READING PHILLIES (55-58)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

Rock and Roll… The New Britain Rock Cats avoided a three-game series weep with an 11-3 victory over the Aeros Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium. Starting pitcher Alex White struggled in the game but Akron actually scored first on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the third inning. The Rock Cats responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the third by Joe Benson followed by a three-run shot from Erik Lis. Doubles from designated hitter Tim Fedroff and catcher Miguel Perez cut the deficit to 4-2 and right fielder John Drennen added a solo homer of his own in the sixth. New Britain then cruised to control the game after that, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh to provide for the final margin. Starter Kyle Gibson (7-5) earned the victory with his 5.2 innings pitched while White (6-6) took his second straight loss. 

Battle Tested… Sunday’s rough start was arguably the worst in the brief Double-A career of the Akron ace White. He pitched just five plus innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and two home runs. It finished a road trip where he also took the loss in the opener of last Tuesday’s doubleheader at Altoona. In his past three games (two starts), Cleveland’s first-round pick in the June 2009 Draft now has a 7.04 ERA with 22 hits and 16 runs (12 earned) allowed in only 15.1 innings. 
Fiery Fedroff… Although the Akron offense has struggled recently, Fedroff has been one of the best contributors over the past two months. He finished 2-for-4 offensively Sunday afternoon with a double, and despite missing a week at the end of last month, he is now batting .396 (38-for-96) with hits in all but three of his past 25 games since June 29th. Fedroff played at the University of North Carolina along with White before he was selected by the Indians in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft. 
Weekly Wonder… The Aeros awarded left-handed starter Scott Barnes as this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week. Barnes delivered seven shutout innings in Friday’s 2-1 victory over New Britain, recording eight strikeouts against just two hits and four base runners total. He made the start at New Britain Stadium, only 45 minutes away from his hometown of Chicopee, MA and it was the 22-year-old’s fifth scoreless outing of at least five innings out of his team-leading 21 starts this year. 
Rubber City Reset… Tonight marks the beginning of a six-game weeklong home stand at Canal Park, the longest remaining stretch in Ohio this season. Akron hosts the Reading Phillies for three games through Thursday before playing the Rock Cats again over the weekend. The Aeros then travel to Reading Monday for another series, completing a stretch of 14 meetings in 29 days. 
Did You Know… Only 10 players from Akron’s opening day roster of 24 men remain on the team entering this week. Nine of the remaining players are with Class AAA Columbus, two are with Class A Kinston and three are no longer in the organization. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros offense has collected three runs or less in seven of eight games in August (2-6 record) and opposing offenses are averaging 6.1 runs per game in this stretch.

Recap 08/08: New Britain Avoids Sweep, Rocks Akron 11-3

NEW
BRITAIN, CT – Aeros ace Alex White struggled again Sunday as the New Britain
Rock Cats salvaged a win to end this three-game series with a dominant 11-3
victory. White permitted seven runs in five plus innings on the day as the
hosts provided plenty of run support in front of another impressive crowd of
5,426 fans at New Britain Stadium. The last-place Rock Cats of the Eastern
Division improved to 34-81, and with the loss, the Aeros finished 2-5 on this
weeklong road trip and now have a 58-55 record on the season.

White
avoided damage through the first two frames before his offense took the lead in
the third. A sacrifice bunt from Akron center fielder Jordan Henry advanced
Miguel Perez and Lucas Montero advanced runners to third and second base,
respectively. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall followed two batters later with a
sacrifice fly to left.

The
Rock Cats responded swiftly as Joe Benson belted a solo one-out homer in the
bottom of the third to tie the score at 1-1. After a walk and a double, Erik
Lis hit a home run for the second straight night, this blast coming in the
three-run variety.

Back-to-back
doubles from designated hitter Tim Fedroff and Perez cut the deficit to 4-2 in
the fourth before White cruised through another two more innings. The Aeros
added another score in the top of the sixth as right fielder John Drennen led
off with a homer.

New
Britain then rallied in the sixth, starting the frame with a single, an RBI
double and a walk before Connor Graham entered the game in relief. He promptly
permitted three more runs, two via run-scoring groundouts, and the blowout
continued in the seventh inning. New reliever Bryan Price allowed a solo homer
to Juan Portes as a wild pitch and another groundout provided for the final
margin of the night.

Kyle
Gibson (7-5) earned the victory for the Rock Cats in scattering three runs on
seven hits through his 5.2 innings pitched. White (6-6) failed to survive the
sixth frame, permitting eight hits, two walks and two home runs in his worst
Double-A start of the season. The 21-year-old has now allowed at least four
runs in each of his past three outings (7.04 ERA).

Akron
finished with nine hits in the game, led by an impressive outing from the
bottom half of the lineup. Drennen was 2-for-4 with his fifth homer of the
season while the final three batters, Fedroff, Perez and Montero, all collected
two hits as well.

The
Aeros thankfully return home to Ohio tonight and will begin another weeklong
home stand, the longest remaining of the season, Tuesday night against the
Reading Phillies. It is a Two for Tuesday at Canal Park starting at 7:05 p.m.
and fans can enjoy buy one, get one free specials on tickets, hot dogs, ice
cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Recently
acquired right-hander Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his second start
for the Aeros against Reading lefty Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.49 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 at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #113: 08/08/10

GAME #113 ? SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010 ? 1:35 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #57 ? NEW BRITAIN STADIUM ? NEW BRITAIN, CT

AKRON AEROS (58-54) AT NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (33-81)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Rock the Boat… The Aeros claimed victory in a slugfest Saturday night, earning a 10-6 victory over the host New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium. The game started off in a back-and-forth contest with an RBI single by shortstop Carlos Rivero giving Akron a 1-0 lead in the second. In the third inning against new Aeros starter T.J. McFarland, Rock Cats slugger Erik Lis then smashed a two-run homer to right and a double-steal, double-error scored two more. The visitors regained a 6-4 advantage in the third thanks to two-RBI singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and right fielder John Drennen. New Britain tied the game later that inning but designated hitter Tim Fedroff scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to give Akron the lead for good. Lonnie Chisenhall then collected two solo home runs in the final three frames to provide for the final margin as reliever Steven Wright (1-1) earned the win with two shutout frames and Rock Cats starter Deolis Guerra (2-8) struggled in taking the loss. 

? Double Trouble… The left-hander McFarland avoided the decision but also had difficulties Saturday night in the close win over New Britain. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings, leaving right after the Aeros regained the lead. The 21-year-old earned the promotion from Class A Kinston to Double-A earlier in the day, and at the time of his promotion, led the Carolina League with 10 wins while posting a 2.81 ERA in 20 games (15 starts). Cleveland selected McFarland in the fourth round of the June 2007 Draft out of Amos Alonso Stagg High School (IL). 
? Wright on Time… Akron’s bullpen Saturday as three relievers combined to deliver five shutout innings with only one hit. The winning pitcher Wright started with three strikeouts and only one walk in his three frames before Bryan Price followed with two more frames to hold the lead. Closer Omar Aguilar then finished the game with a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout and overall, the Aeros bullpen has a 3.28 ERA this season and a sparkling 2.26 ERA in the past 44 games since June 20th. 
? Slugger Surprise… Chisenhall blasted out of a slump late in the game Saturday night to protect the narrow Akron lead. The 21-year-old third baseman finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored for his second multi-homer game in Double-A. He entered the game batting just 1-for-19 during this road trip and now leads the team with 63 runs this season. 
? Catching On… After being acquired Thursday, catcher Juan Apodaca has quickly adapted to the Aeros squad. He collected two singles and two walks in helping the offensive explosion Saturday, now reaching base in six of his first eight plate appearances. 
? Broomsticks… Akron hopes to finish a quick three-game sweep at New Britain Stadium this afternoon to conclude this weeklong road trip. The team returns home Tuesday for six games at Canal Park against Reading again followed by the Rock Cats. 
AEROS STAT OF THE DAY: 
The Akron Aeros are second in the Eastern League with a .271 batting average and fifth with a 3.95 ERA, joining first-place Altoona as the only teams to rank top five in both this year.

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

NEW
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.

Akron
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.

The
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.

New
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.

New
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.

Reliever
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.

Wright
(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.

Chisenhall
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.

The
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 #112: 08/07/10

GAME #112 ? SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #55 ? NEW BRITAIN STADIUM ? NEW BRITAIN, CT

AKRON AEROS (57-54) AT NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS (33-80)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          MINNESOTA TWINS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats thanks to a dominant pitching performance from starter Scott Barnes. Center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis ignited a first inning Akron rally with singles and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a sacrifice fly. Right fielder John Drennen later gave the team a 2-0 lead with a run-scoring fielder’s choice. Barnes dominated at New Britain Stadium through seven innings as the hosts plated a lone run in the bottom of the ninth inning on an error by Chisenhall. Barnes (6-8) earned the victory, Rock Cats starter Chris Province (5-4) took the loss and reliever Connor Graham picked up his second save. 

? The Rock… Barnes shined Friday night in front of a supporting crowd only 45 minutes away from his hometown of Chicopee, MA. The left-hander limited New Britain to two hits and one walk over seven scoreless frames with eight strikeouts, finishing with one of his best starts of the season. The hosts collected only four base runners total against him and the 22-year-old retired 18 of his final 19 batters while facing the minimum through his final six innings. After a rocky start to the year, the 6’4″ Barnes has been much improved and is now 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his past 11 starts dating back to June 9th. The Cleveland Indians acquired the St. John’s University product in a July 2009 trade with the San Francisco Giants for Ryan Garko. 
? Redhawk Relief… The Rock Cats rallied in the ninth inning Friday but Graham stranded the bases loaded to prevent a comeback and secure the victory. Graham began 2010 as a starter but has led the Akron bullpen since moving into the new role in May. The 24-year-old now has a 2-3 record with two saves and a 2.03 ERA in 28 relief appearances and joined the Indians system in July 2009 trade with Colorado for Rafael Betancourt. He was a fifth-round pick in the June 2007 Draft out of Miami University. 
? Oh Henry… Two runs were just enough Friday night as the leadoff hitter Henry drove the Aeros offense. He finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and three singles, continuing his impressive hot streak. Henry now is batting .432 (13-for-44) with an extra nine walks in his last 12 contests and he turned 22 years old the day before his promotion from Class A Kinston in June. 
? Bloopers… Chisenhall’s error scored the lone New Britain run Friday night, continuing a streak of rough defense by the Aeros. The team has now committed an error in 10 of the past 11 games and ranks ninth in the Eastern League with 112 this season. 
? Wild, Wild West… With last night’s victory, Akron still trails the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games for the Western Division wild card lead. The Aeros remain in fourth place, two games behind the Harrisburg Senators while also trailing the division-leading Altoona Curve by 7.5 games. Akron has advanced to the EL Championship Series for five straight seasons. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
LHP T.J. McFarland will be the 54th different player to appear for the Akron Aeros this year when he starts tonight, the most since 58 different people played for the 2005 Aeros.

Recap 08/06: Barnes Leads Way, Aeros Finally Win 2-1

NEW
BRITAIN, CT – Aeros left-hander Scott Barnes dazzled through seven scoreless
innings Friday to end Akron’s six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over
the host New Britain Rock Cats. Only 45 minutes away from his hometown of
Chicopee, MA, Barnes scattered just two hits to earn the win in front of 7,268
fans at New Britain Stadium, many supporting the local hero. The win improved
the Aeros to 57-54 and 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie Baysox
while the Rock Cats dropped to 33-80.

The
game started on a great note for the visitors as the top of the Akron lineup
blasted New Britain starting pitcher Chris Province. Center fielder Jordan
Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis led the game with back-to-back singles
and Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, right
fielder John Drennen plated Kipnis with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to the
first baseman, giving the Aeros a quick 2-0 lead.

Barnes
walked his first batter of the game and also permitted a single to Chris
Parmelee, but cruised after that. He retired 18 of his final 19 batters and
faced the minimum through the second to seventh innings, simply hitting Joe
Benson with a pitch in the fourth.

Akron
loaded the bases in the top of the sixth after a single, a wild pitch and two
walks, but reliever Cole DeVries ended the frame with two straight fly outs.
The Rock Cats jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring
error by Chisenhall before Connor Graham struck out Alexander Soto to end the
rally and secure the victory.

Barnes
(6-8) earned the victory in one of his most dominant start of the season,
simply permitting four base runners with eight strikeouts in his seven frames.
The left-hander has been dominant recently, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.34
ERA in his last 11 starts. Province (5-4) took the loss in permitting two runs on
eight hits in four innings pitched while Graham avoided a comeback in the ninth
inning for his second save of the season.

The
Aeros collected nine hits in the contest, led by the contributions from the top
hitters in the lineup. Henry finished 3-for-4 and Kipnis collected two more
hits, igniting the first inning attack. Catcher Juan Apodaca was 1-for-3 in his
debut in the Indians organization, arriving with Akron the other day following
a trade from the Boston Red Sox.

This
three-game series between the Aeros and the Rock Cats continues Saturday at
7:05 p.m. at New Britain Stadium. Akron has yet to announce their starting
pitcher for the contest against Deolis Guerra (2-7, 5.32 ERA) of the Rock Cats.
Join Ken Carman 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 08/05: Curve Complete Sweep, Defeat Aeros 6-1

ALTOONA,
PA – Akron matched a season-high with a sixth straight loss Thursday as the
Altoona Curve finished a four-game sweep with a 6-1 victory at Blair County
Ballpark. Despite just one earned run charged against Aeros pitchers Kelvin De
La Cruz and Nick Hagadone in front of the crowd of 4,316 fans, the offense again
could not muster enough support. Altoona improved to 65-46 with the win while fourth-place
Akron fell to 56-54 on the season, 4.5 games behind the wild card-leading Bowie
Baysox.

Lefty
starters De La Cruz and Altoona’s Tony Watson combined to retire the first 21
batters of the contest before a big bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Harrison
reached base on a one-out hit by pitch, stole second and third base before scoring
on an RBI single from Matt Hague. After a throwing error from De La Cruz, two
singles, a balk and a walk followed to give the Curve a quick 4-0 advantage.

Right
fielder John Drennen recorded the first Aeros hit in the fifth but Watson
cruised through his six frames. Reliever Ramon Aguero entered in the seventh
and after stranding a runners, Akron rallied in the eighth. Second baseman
Jason Kipnis walked with one out with a runner on first and Lonnie Chisenhall singled
to center, scoring Cristo Arnal.

Andrew
Lambo singled to start the bottom of that eighth while a throwing error by
Chisenhall extended the lead to 5-1. Two batters later, Hagadone permitted an
RBI infield single to Yung Chi Chen to provide for the final run of the game.  

Watson
(4-1) allowed just two hits in his six scoreless frames while earning the
victory, striking out three batters in his third start of the year. De La Cruz
(4-6) took the loss in allowing four runs (one earned) in his five innings,
walking one with five strikeouts but his error was the crucial difference.  Hagadone then permitted two more unearned runs
with two strikeouts in his three innings pitched because of Chisenhall’s error in
the eighth.

Drennen
and left fielder Tim Fedroff each collected a pair of hits on the night while
Akron finished with only seven runs and 24 hits in the series. The Aeros had
gone 36-18 in a stretch from May 31st through July 30th,
but have struggled thus far in the month of August.

Akron’s
weeklong road trip continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. as the team heads over
to Connecticut for the start of a three-game series against the New Britain
Rock Cats. Aeros starter and nearby Chicopee, MA native Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.16
ERA) makes the start at New Britain Stadium against Chris Province (5-3, 4.91
ERA) of the Rock Cats. Join Ken Carman for Friday’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.