BRITAIN, CT – The Aeros defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 10-6 in a slugfest
Saturday night, jumping back to their winning ways the night after snapping a season-high
six-game losing streak. Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall homered twice in the final three innings as Akron overcame a
rough Double-A debut from left-hander T.J. McFarland in front of 6,489 fans at
New Britain Stadium. With the win, the Aeros (58-54) are now 3.5 games behind
the Western Division wild card and the Rock Cats fell to 33-81.
started with a bang in the top of the second against New Britain starting
pitcher Deolis Guerra. First baseman Beau Mills led off the second with a
double and shortstop Carlos Rivero created an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI
single to right field.
lead did not last long as the Rock Cats responded against McFarland in the bottom
half of the frame. Erik Lis smashed a two-run homer to right field while a
double-steal, double-error play plated two more to create a three-run deficit
for the Aeros.
catcher Juan Apodaca promptly led another rally in the top of the third with a
single before back-to-back singles from left fielder Cristo Arnal and center
fielder Jordan Henry loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Apodaca and Akron
reclaimed a 6-4 lead on two-run singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and
right fielder John Drennen.
Britain tied the game in the bottom of that frame on four singles and a
run-scoring walk but the visitors re-claimed the edge for good in the fourth.
Designated hitter Tim Fedroff started with a double and later scored on Guerra’s
third wild pitch of the game.
Steven Wright led the charge for the Aeros bullpen after that inning and
Chisenhall helped the team add to the lead in the seventh. He homered to
left-center with one-out in the frame before Drennen recorded another RBI
double, and in the ninth, Chisenhall provided for the final margin on yet
another blast to right with a full count.
(1-1) earned the victory by recording a pair of shutout innings of relief with
three strikeouts and a lone walk. Guerra (2-8) struggled mightily in taking the
loss, permitting seven runs on nine hits in just four innings pitched.
McFarland allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five
strikeouts in four frames after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston
earlier in the day. Akron’s bullpen followed with five innings of one-hit
shutout baseball led by performances from Wright and Bryan Price.
finished 3-for-5 on the night with his two homers and three runs scored, now
ranking second on the team with 14 home runs this year. Mills, Fedroff, Apodaca
and Drennen each collected two hits as well and the latter delivered a
game-high three RBI.
Aeros conclude their weeklong road trip Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium
with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch time in the series finale against the Rock Cats. Akron
ace right-hander Alex White (6-5, 1.84 ERA) hopes to complete the three-game sweep
against New Britain’s Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.61 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:35 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.