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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 08-17 – Aeros Split Doubleheader with Reading Tuesday Night

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The
Aeros split two games with the Reading Phillies Tuesday night after winning the
opening continuation game 8-7, while dropping the second game 9-7 in front of 6,783
at FirstEnergy Stadium. The continuation game was originally started on July 25th,
while the second game was rescheduled for seven innings. Akron
now stands at 63-58 while Reading
stands at 58-62.

 

The
continuation game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth with the score tied
5-5 when rain halted play. Center fielder Jordan Henry began the game on a
strong note as he doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first. Akron continued to pounce
on Phillies starter Ty Taubenheim in the second, taking a 2-0 lead on an RBI
single from left fielder John Drennen. Right fielder Jerad Head followed with a
two-run homer to right on his first pitch. Reading responded as Kevin Mahar provided a
solo home run with one out against left starter Kelvin De La Cruz. A bases
loaded walk to Matt Rizzotti in the third then made the score 4-2. Akron added their final
run on a single from second baseman Jason Kipnis in the fourth. De La Cruz left
the game in the fourth after a pair of runs scored to tie the game before the
rains came.

 

Reading resumed action
tonight adding two more runs in the inning when Tagg Bozied hit a two RBI
double. The Aeros responded when Head, who joined the team from Class AAA
Columbus today, hit a three-run home run to take the lead 8-7.

 

Right-handed
pitcher Rob Bryson earned his first win, and only decision, of the season with
2.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, and three strikeouts. Southpaw Sergio
Escalona (2-7) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on Head’s home
run.

 

In
the second game, Akron started scoring early with four runs in the first thanks
to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s RBI double and first baseman Beau Mills
three-run home run. The R-Phils responded with a two-run homer by Bozied.

 

The
Aeros added another in the top of the second when Kipnis doubled to left field
scoring shortstop Cristo Arnal. Reading gained the lead in the bottom of the
frame when Tuffy Gosewisch hit an RBI single, followed by Harold Garcia’s
three-run home run to left field.

 

Akron tied the game 6-6 in
the top of the fourth on an RBI single. Reading
took the lead for good during their next at bat when Freddy Galvis scored on a
wild pitch by lefty starter Matt Packer during Keoni De Renne’s plate appeance,
who soon singled in Harold Garcia. Both teams added runs in the fifth to set up
the final 9-7 score.

 

Packer
took the loss after allowing all nine runs on nine hits with three home runs, a
walk, and a strikeout. Yohan Flande (9-7) earned the win with five innings
pitched, giving up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits, one home run, one
strike out and one walk.

 

Akron is
now two games back of Bowie for the wild card, but caught up with Harrisburg in
third place in the Western Division after the Senators lost to Erie 4-3. Akron will continue their
series with the Phillies Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Scott Barnes
(6-8, 4.66 ERA) takes the mound for the Aeros
against Reading’s J.C. Ramirez (3-3, 5.37 ERA).
 Join Ken
Carman 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.

Matt McBride Wins EL July Player of the Month

AKRON,
OH – Recently promoted Akron Aeros slugger Matt McBride is the winner of the Eastern
League’s Player of the Month award for July, the league announced today.
McBride, who was promoted to Class AAA Columbus on July 29th, led
the circuit in the most offensive categories this month in 23 Akron games. He
also won EL Player of the Week for the week ending July 4th and is
the first Aero to win a monthly honor this season.

McBride
batted .364 (32-for-88) during the month of July, leading Akron to an 18-9
record with his impressive slugging numbers. He led the entire 12-team league
in home runs (11), RBI (29), slugging percentage (.852), OPS (1.271) and total
bases (75). The versatile outfielder also ranked second in the EL with 21
extra-base hits last month, placed fourth in batting average and sixth with 10
doubles.

The
25-year-old native of Bethlehem, PA actually began his hot streak at the tail
end of the month of June on the road against Richmond.  He ended a 35-game homerless stretch on June
28th at The Diamond and since that point, has been one of the best
hitters in professional baseball. In his most recent 33 games combined between
Columbus and Akron, he leads all of MiLB with 27 extra-base hits and a .798
slugging percentage. He has a .372 batting average, 13 doubles, 14 home runs
and 35 RBI in this stretch as well.

On
the season, McBride batted .285 in 94 games played with the Aeros before his
transfer to the Clippers. He still leads Akron by a wide margin with 25
doubles, 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 180 total bases. He reached base safely in
all 44 of his Eastern League road games, the longest such streak in professional
baseball this season, and is now batting .400 (12-for-30) in his first seven
games in the International League. McBride has also shown his worth
defensively, starting at 39 games combined at first base this year.

Cleveland’s
supplemental second-round selection out of Lehigh University in the June 2006
Draft, McBride led the Indians organization with 99 RBI combined last season.
He played his first 31 contests with Class A Kinston before earning his first
promotion to Double-A. The converted catcher missed the majority of the 2008
season with an injury and began his professional career in 2006 with
short-season Class A Mahoning Valley.

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. The Aeros hope to snap a season-high six-game losing streak with nearby
Chicopee, MA native Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.16 ERA) on the starting mound 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #104: 07/30/10

GAME #104 ? FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #55 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (55-48) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-52)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELP
HIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Thursday Triumph… The Aeros won 6-5 in dramatic fashion Thursday night against the Reading Phillies, utilizing a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth from catcher Miguel Perez. The back-and-forth game began with an RBI triple from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the first before the Phillies responded with four unearned runs. A Jason Kipnis two-run triple and a Chisenhall groundout tied the game in the third and Reading took the lead at 5-4 in the seventh. Chisenhall then picked up his third RBI of the night on a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. First baseman Beau Mills doubled to lead off the ninth, moved to third on a groundout and after an intentional walk, Perez ended the game with his fly ball to left field. Closer Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a perfect ninth and Reading’s James Anderson (0-3) took the loss. 

? It’s Tribe Time… Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood started for Akron Thursday and retired all three batters he faced in his lone inning pitched. He forced a soft lineout before a pair of groundouts to second base, throwing just eight pitches, all strikes, in the first. The 33-year-old veteran is currently on the MLB 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. 
? Carolina Cool… Usual starter Alex White made his first career professional relief appearance Thursday night as he replaced Wood in the second inning. The 21-year-old native of Greenville, NC struck out a career-high eight in 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks. Over his past seven outings since June 25th, Cleveland’s first-round (15th overall) pick in the June 2009 Draft is now 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only five walks in 43.2 innings. 
? Hot Corner, Hot Bat… Akron’s offensive star Thursday was Chisenhall, who finished 3-for-4 with his triple and three RBI. The performance continued an impressive past week for the second-rated prospect in the Indians organization, according to Baseball America. He is now batting .412 (7-for-17) over his modest four-game hitting streak with a home run and seven RBI. 
? Five for Fighting… The Aeros now have the best batting average in the Eastern League thanks to an impressive top half of the lineup. Akron’s first five batters are now batting .368 (75-for-204) with 47 runs scored and 40 RBI in the past 10 games. Center fielder Jordan Henry and recently promoted Matt McBride have led the way along with Mills, Kipnis and Chisenhall. 
? Wild, Wild West… With Thursday’s victory, the third-place Aeros now trail the Western Division-leading Altoona Curve by only 4.5 games. The Bowie Baysox currently lead the wild card race with a one-game lead over Akron, but there remain at least 37 games for all three teams this regular season. The 4.5-game margin is the closest the Aeros have been to first place since April 27th. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros have an 11-1 record in their last 12 home games since July 7th, averaging 6.5 runs scored while the pitching staff has a 2.48 ERA in 109.0 innings pitched.

Aerodynamics Game #103: 07/29/10

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

HOME GAME #54 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (54-48) VS. READING PHILLIES (51-51)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

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. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
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.

Aerodynamics Game #103: 07/28/10

GAME #103 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #54 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (54-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-48)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Tighten Up… The Aeros evened their series with the Bowie Baysox Tuesday night, earning a 4-0 victory thanks to a five-hit shutout by four pitchers. All the scoring for the evening occurred in the first inning in front of the 2,889 fans at Canal Park in downtown Akron. Center fielder Jordan Henry began his impressive night with a double, second baseman Jason Kipnis singled and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall collected an RBI base hit. Red-hot designated hitter Matt McBride followed with a towering three-run home run to the canal in left field, providing all four quick runs against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. The Baysox finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight men on base in the loss. Reliever Connor Graham earned the win on the night for the Aeros with a pair of shutout innings, Zagone (1-3) took the loss and Bryan Price recorded his first career save. 

? Lookin’ Good… Cleveland Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes started for Akron Tuesday night and dominated in his first career Eastern League appearance. The 28-year-old permitted just one hit and one walk with one strikeout in his three shutout innings during his third rehab start following June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. The Aeros received Reyes earlier in the day yesterday from the Arizona League Indians, where he was 0-1 with a 4.51 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched. Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a July 2008 trade, he owns a 5.12 ERA in 67 games (52 starts) in his MLB career. 
? Thrice is Nice… A trio of Akron relievers followed Reyes Tuesday and helped to keep the Baysox in check. Recently received Rob Bryson avoided damage despite a double and a walk in the fourth inning before Graham and Price combined to close the door in the final five frames. The Aeros bullpen now has a 2.52 ERA over the team’s past 67 games since May 15th, Graham now has a 2.37 ERA in 24 relief appearances this season and Price has not allowed a run over his past 12.2 innings pitched. 
? Oh Henry… Despite the low scoring Tuesday, Akron’s leadoff hitter Henry had a career performance at the plate. He finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored after posting just three extra-base hits and no three-hit games in his first 34 Double-A contests. The 22-year-old is now batting .692 (9-for-13) in his past four games, including Sunday’s currently suspended contest at Reading. Cleveland selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of Mississippi. 
? Bash Brothers… McBride continued his hot hitting with his team-leading 17th home run Tuesday but is not the only streaking Aero. Right fielder Jerad Head also extended the longest hitting streak of his career to 10 games with a single as the two outfielders have led the Eastern League’s best offense (.272 team average) for the past two months. McBride is batting .364 with 13 home runs in 26 games since June 28th and Head has a .341 batting average with nine homers in 34 games since June 10th. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Tuesday’s 4-0 victory at Canal Park was Akron’s eighth shutout of the season, third in the Eastern League, and third in just 14 games (six wins) against the second-place Bowie Baysox.