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Recap 08/10: Aeros Struggle Again, Lose 11-0 to Reading

AKRON, OH – The Aeros lost for the eighth time in 10 games Tuesday night at Canal Park, suffering their largest margin of defeat this season by the final score of 11-0 against the Reading Phillies. Right-hander Corey Kluber surrendered six runs on 11 hits in just four innings in his first home start while the Phillies collected 18 hits on the night against the five Akron pitchers. Despite the loss, Akron (58-56) remains 4.5 games behind the Western Division wild card race and the R-Phils improved to 56-58.


Center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis each singled to start the first, but the Aeros then struggled offensively against Reading lefty starter Yohan Flande. Kluber avoided damage in the first two frames before a rally in the third that featured four runs on five hits highlighted by a two-run double from Timo Perez.


The blowout continued in the fourth as Harold Garcia extended the lead to 6-0 with a one-out, two-run single to center. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone replaced Kluber in the fifth but allowed another run on Keoni De Renne’s RBI double.


The Phillies provided for the final margin of the night with another four-run rally against relief pitcher Steven Wright in the top of the seventh. Flande retired 15 of his final 16 batters and the Aeros finally rallied but stranded a pair of runners to end the ninth.


Flande (8-7) earned the victory in his seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and two walks in one of his finest starts of the year. Kluber (0-2) faltered again in his second Eastern League outing, striking out five with one walk in the game. Akron’s bullpen fared no better, allowing the next five runs on seven hits with four hits in the final five frames.


New catcher Juan Apodaca was the only Aeros batter to reach base twice as he finished with a single and a walk. Left fielder Lucas Montero also doubled but the team has now failed to score four runs in eight of the nine games played in August.


This three-game series continues Wednesday night for “Paws and Pitches” Pet Night at Canal Park sponsored by Camp Bow Wow of Cuyahoga Falls. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. with proceeds from the event benefitting the Humane Society of Greater Akron and the Summit County Animal Coalition. Fans can bring all the members of the family for the fun in downtown Akron with a special offer of a $48 Family Pack including four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four bags of chips, a savings of $28!


Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes is expected to resume his rehab assignment tomorrow with the Aeros against Reading’s J.C. Ramirez (3-3, 4.76 ERA). Jim Clark for Wednesday’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 08/08: New Britain Avoids Sweep, Rocks Akron 11-3

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Recap 08/04: Aeros Fall Again, Altoona Cruises to 5-1 Win

PA – The Aeros lost for the fifth straight game Wednesday night at Altoona,
dropping by the final score of 5-1 against the first-place Curve. A crowd of
3,640 fans at Blair County Ballpark saw Akron muster just two hits overall,
both by red-hot second baseman Jason Kipnis, while new starter Corey Kluber
struggled in his Indians organizational debut. With the loss, the Aeros (56-53)
are now in sole possession of fourth place in the Western Division and Altoona
improved to 64-46 on the season.

ace Rudy Owens was dominant but surrendered the lone run in the top of the
first inning. After retiring center fielder Jordan Henry to start the game,
Kipnis followed with his seventh home run on a deep shot to right field to give
Akron its only lead.

fielder Lucas Montero threw out Chase d’Arnaud at home on a play at the plate
in the first but the Curve tied the score in the second. A double by Miles
Durham preceded a run-scoring error by Carlos Rivero, knotting the game at one
run each.

allowed the hosts to take the lead for good in the next inning, as he walked Andrew
Lambo with one out before a single, a double and another walk. Anthony Norman
then delivered a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing the advantage to 3-1.

Curve knocked Kluber out of the contest in the fourth as d’Arnaud and Josh
Harrison each singled to begin the frame. Matt Hague later provided the RBI on
a single to left field, scoring d’Arnaud before the team stranded the bases
loaded. Altoona’s final run came in the bottom of the seventh on another sac
fly by Harrison.

(9-6) earned the victory Wednesday, retiring the final 17 batters he faced
following the first inning home run by Kipnis. Kluber (0-1) took the loss in
permitting four runs (three earned) on eight hits with five walks against four
strikeouts in his four innings pitched. The Indians acquired the right-hander from
the San Diego Padres in last week’s Jake Westbrook trade while Tom Boleska
recorded his second with three shutout frames.

finished the night 2-for-4 with his 13th home run combined between
Class A Kinston and Akron this year as well as a seventh inning triple. Henry’s
10-game hitting streak ended and it was just the second time this season the
Aeros collected less than three hits.

looks for the four-game sweep in the series finale Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
at Blair County Ballpark. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (4-5, 4.73 ERA) hopes
to end the Akron losing streak against Altoona lefty Tony Watson (3-1, 2.90
ERA). Join Ken Carman for Thursday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:45 p.m. on
Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #109: 08/04/10

GAME #109 ? WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 ? 7:00 P.M. 



? Twin Killing… The first-place Altoona Curve swept a doubleheader with the Aeros Tuesday night at Blair County Ballpark, earning a 4-3 victory in the opener followed by a 3-2 win in 10 innings in the nightcap. A two-run triple by Jason Kipnis gabe Akron an early 3-1 lead in the first game heading into a chaotic fourth inning. Starter Alex White (6-5) took the loss as he surrendered four hits in the frame, including a pair of RBI singles with two outs to provide for the final margin. Altoona lefty Justin Wilson (9-6) earned the victory while Michael Dubee recorded his second save. In the second contest, left-hander Matt Packer limited the Curve attack through seven innings in his Akron debut but reliever Bryan Price (4-3) permitted the walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Altoona reliever Dustin Molleken (4-4) picked up the win with a perfect top half of that inning. 

? Black and Blue… Tuesday’s opener was a rare struggle for Akron’s ace as he allowed four runs on seven hits with only two strikeouts in five frames. The four earned runs were the most by an Eastern League opponent against White in 14 outings so far this season and he had permitted just five earned runs in his last seven games spanning 43.2 innings pitched (1.03 ERA). 
? The Cavalier… Packer made an impression Tuesday as he nearly battled his way toward an Aeros victory. He earned the promotion from Class A Lake County earlier in the day and gave up just two runs (one earned) in seven innings last night. The product of the University of Virginia also recorded six strikeouts against one walk in the game, continuing his phenomenal 2010 season. Combined between the Captains of the Midwest League and the Aeros, the 22-year-old Packer now leads all of full-season minor league baseball with a 1.58 ERA in 102.2 innings pitched and has 98 strikeouts against just 14 walks as well. 
? Second Half Surprise… The best offensive player for Akron Tuesday was the second baseman Jason Kipnis, who finished 4-for-7 in the two games to continue his recent hot streak. The 23-year-old converted outfielder is batting .420 (29-for-69) with 18 runs scored in only 17 contests since the EL All-Star Break. He now ranks third in the Indians system with a .316 batting average combined this season and Cleveland selected Kipnis in the second round of the June 2009 Draft out of Arizona State University. 
? Beau Knows Best… First baseman Beau Mills is another impressive hitter of late and he doubled home the only Aeros RBI in the second game Tuesday. He returned from an intercostral strain on June 29th and since, has a .307 (35-for-114) batting average with five home runs and 25 RBI in 30 games. He was a first-round (13th overall) selection by the Indians in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Montero’s Moment… After 17 plate appearances, Aeros left fielder Lucas Montero collected his first career Double-A hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s finale. He is now batting .063 (1-for-16) since his promotion from Class A Kinston last week. 
Despite an Eastern league-leading 36-22 record since May 31st, the Akron Aeros still rank last in the EL with a 1-6 record in extra innings and a 1-5 record in doubleheaders this season.

Recap 07/29: Aeros Rally, Walk Off in 6-5 Win over Reading

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aerodynamics Game #103: 07/29/10

GAME #103 ? THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



Rain, Rain, Go Away… Rain suspended Wednesday night’s game between the Aeros and the Bowie Baysox at Canal Park. A one-hour and 47-minute rain delay began the night before just 15 minutes of playing time and the official suspension announcement arrived at 9:39 p.m. The game stopped with Baysox catcher Steve Lerud at the plate, one out in the top of the second inning and a runner on first base against Akron starter Scott Barnes. The game will continue at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie followed by that evening’s regularly scheduled series opener in seven innings. 

Clip Show… The Aeros made several roster moves today highlighted by outfielder Matt McBride’s promotion to Class AAA Columbus. McBride was batting .285 for Akron this season, leading the team in games played (94), doubles (25), home runs (17), and RBI (64). The 25-year-old Bethlehem, PA native will make his debut for the Clippers tonight at Huntington Park. 
Speed Racer… In a corresponding move, the Aeros received outfielder Lucas Montero from the Class A Kinston Indians to bring the roster back to 23 men. Montero had a .264 batting average in 94 games for Kinston this season, stealing 24 bases in only 29 attempts…. The final Akron roster change of the day was the official announcement of RHP Kerry Wood’s rehab assignment. 
Summer Catch… Second baseman Jason Kipnis has been incredibly productive offensively since his promotion from the K-Tribe last month. In fact, he has now reached base in all 21 games at Canal Park since making his debut for the Aeros on June 12th. 
Outfielder Lucas Montero will become the 49th different player to appear for the Akron Aeros this season when he starts tonight, surpassing the entire 2009 total of 47.