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Aerodynamics Games #107 108: 08/03/10

GAMES #107 & 108 ? TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010 ? 5:30 P.M. 

ROAD GAMES #50 & 51 ? BLAIR COUNTY BALLPARK ? ALTOONA, PA

AKRON AEROS (56-50) AT READING PHILLIES (61-46)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Banana Split… The Reading Phillies managed a four-game split with the Aeros Sunday afternoon at Canal Park, breaking through with an 11-3 victory. Starter Anthony Reyes struggled in his second Akron rehab start, allowing a pair of runs in the first inning followed by seven of the season-high eight scored in the second. The two teams exchanged runs in the fourth and Akron rallied for a pair in the ninth but it was too late for a comeback. Reading starter Michael Cisco (3-7) earned the win in his seven frames by retiring his final 12 batters while Reyes (0-1) took the loss, permitting nine runs on six hits and four walks in 1.2 innings pitched. 

? King Henry… The Aeros announced Monday that outfielder Jordan Henry won this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week Award. The 22-year-old batted .571 (12-for-21) with six walks and eight runs in six games, increasing his Double-A batting average 55 points. Cleveland selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of Mississippi. 
? Glory Road… Eastern League All-Star RHP Paolo Espino earned the promotion to Class AAA Columbus today, clearing the way for LHP Matt Packer on the Akron roster. Espino was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 21 games (15 starts), leading the team with 92 strikeouts. Packer will wear #38 in his start today and led the Class A Midwest League with a 1.60 ERA so far this year. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
RHP Paolo Espino was the 15th player promoted from Double-A Akron to Class AAA Columbus this season, and only 14 players earned such a promotion in 2009, 13 in 2008.

Aerodynamics Games #107 & 108: 08/03/10

GAMES #107 & 108 • TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010 • 5:30 P.M. 

ROAD GAMES #50 & 51 • BLAIR COUNTY BALLPARK • ALTOONA, PA

AKRON AEROS (56-50) AT READING PHILLIES (61-46)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

• Banana Split… The Reading Phillies managed a four-game split with the Aeros Sunday afternoon at Canal Park, breaking through with an 11-3 victory. Starter Anthony Reyes struggled in his second Akron rehab start, allowing a pair of runs in the first inning followed by seven of the season-high eight scored in the second. The two teams exchanged runs in the fourth and Akron rallied for a pair in the ninth but it was too late for a comeback. Reading starter Michael Cisco (3-7) earned the win in his seven frames by retiring his final 12 batters while Reyes (0-1) took the loss, permitting nine runs on six hits and four walks in 1.2 innings pitched. 

• King Henry… The Aeros announced Monday that outfielder Jordan Henry won this week’s Akron Aeros Player of the Week Award. The 22-year-old batted .571 (12-for-21) with six walks and eight runs in six games, increasing his Double-A batting average 55 points. Cleveland selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft out of the University of Mississippi. 
• Glory Road… Eastern League All-Star RHP Paolo Espino earned the promotion to Class AAA Columbus today, clearing the way for LHP Matt Packer on the Akron roster. Espino was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 21 games (15 starts), leading the team with 92 strikeouts. Packer will wear #38 in his start today and led the Class A Midwest League with a 1.60 ERA so far this year. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
RHP Paolo Espino was the 15th player promoted from Double-A Akron to Class AAA Columbus this season, and only 14 players earned such a promotion in 2009, 13 in 2008.

Aerodynamics Game #102: 07/27/10

GAME #102 ? TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #53 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (53-48) VS. BOWIE BAYSOX (56-47)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          BALTIMORE ORIOLES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Monday Madness… The Bowie Baysox slammed the Aeros pitching staff Monday night, earning a 10-5 victory in the opener of Akron’s seven-game home stand. Bowie scored the game’s first three runs in the third and fourth against Aeros starter Paolo Espino before back-and-forth offense highlighted the middle innings. Designated Matt McBride and first baseman Beau Mills each doubled and right fielder Jerad Head had an RBI single in the fourth inning but the Baysox responded to take a 6-2 lead. Akron third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall lined a home run in the fifth while the road team again scored three more runs in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jason Kipnis plated the fifth Aeros with a double while new reliever Nick Hagadone permitted the final run of the night in the eighth. Bowie reliever Ryohei Tanaka (5-11) struggled but earned the win while Espino (9-4) took the loss. 

? Bowie Beat-Down… Espino’s outing Monday snapped a streak of two straight quality starts as the right-hander allowed five runs on a season-high 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. The Eastern League All-Star entered the game with a 3.71 ERA and failed in his attempt to become the third EL pitcher to win 10 games this season. Reliever Steven Wright replaced him in the fifth inning but fared no better, permitting the next four runs on five hits while only surviving a single inning. 
? Rolaids Relief… Closer Omar Aguilar delivered a shutout ninth inning Monday, striking out the side while only allowing a hit by pitch. The 25-year-old right-hander now is 0-2 with four saves and a 2.18 ERA over 20.2 innings in 16 games since May 31st. 
? Daring Drennen… The left fielder Drennen was productive offensively yet again Monday, finishing 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He now leads qualified Aeros and ranks third in the EL with his .313 batting average this season as he is batting .335 over his past 68 games played since April 25th, including a current 27-game on base streak. Cleveland selected Drennen in the sandwich round (33rd overall) of the June 2005 Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego. 
? Picture Perfect… Monday’s loss marked the first time an opponent scored double-digit runs against Akron since June 26th, a span of exactly one month. In the 26 games in between these two occurrences, the Aeros pitching staff allowed opponents to average just 3.3 runs per game, eclipsing three runs only 11 times and five runs just five, while collecting a 2.66 ERA. 
? New Beginnings… The Aeros made a few more roster moves today as RHP Anthony Reyes officially joined the team on rehab assignment and LHP Eric Berger was transferred to Class AAA Columbus. Reyes will make his Eastern League debut tonight on a three-inning or 50-pitch limit as he continues his recovery from June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery. Berger will also make his International League debut tonight while former Akron Aero RHP Josh Tomlin debuts for Cleveland. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:  
The white-hot Akron Aeros now lead the 12-team Eastern League with a 15-8 record, 30 home runs, a .290 team batting average and a 2.69 ERA during 23 games in the month of July.

Recap 07/26: Baysox Take Opener, Defeat Aeros 10-5

AKRON,
OH – The Bowie Baysox out-slugged the Aeros Monday night, earning a 10-5
victory in the first game of a three-game series at Canal Park. Amidst 29 total
hits, nine doubles, four errors and nine pitchers used in the three-hour and
21-minute marathon, the Baysox jumped an extra game in the tight Western
Division wild card race. With the win in front of the downtown Akron crowd of
7,661 fans on Dollar Dog Monday, second-place Bowie improved to 56-47 this
season with a two-game lead over the 53-48 Aeros.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino struggled in the start for Akron and allowed Bowie
to take an early lead in the third. A Tyler Henson RBI single scored Greg
Miclat and the Baysox added two more runs in the top of the fourth on a double
from Carlos Rojas.

Trailing
3-0, the Aeros responded in the bottom of the fourth as designated hitter Matt
McBride and first baseman Beau Mills began the frame with back-to-back doubles.
Right fielder Jerad Head then scored Mills with a single but Bowie continued to
hammer Espino later that inning. Jonathan Tucker knocked him out of the game
with a one-out RBI double while reliever Steven Wright permitted two more hits
to increase the deficit to 6-2.

Akron
third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor against Baysox starting
pitcher Chorye Spoone in the fifth. Center fielder Jordan Henry drew a leadoff
walk and after an out, Chisenhall lined a homer to right, cutting the deficit
in half to only two runs.

Unfortunately,
the Bowie offense stayed hot with three runs all against Wright in the sixth
highlighted by a two-run single from Tucker. Aeros second baseman Jason Kipnis
made it a 9-5 game with a double to score catcher Damaso Espino in the bottom
of that frame against reliever Ryohei Tanaka. Steven Lerud then added the
evening’s final run with a double to dead center field against new reliever
Nick Hagadone in the eighth.

Tanaka
(5-11) earned the win in just his second relief appearance of the season,
allowing a run on three hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Espino (9-4) took the
loss, snapping a streak of two straight quality starts in permitting the first
five runs on 10 hits despite seven strikeouts in 4.1 frames. Wright struggled
as well in surrendering the next four runs while Hagadone delivered two innings
pitched on the night with one more run allowed.

All
18 batters recorded at least one hit, including 10 with at least two, as only
Akron catcher Damaso Espino did not to reach base twice. John Drennen, Mills, and
Head all collected two hits for Akron, as the latter extended his hitting
streak to 10 straight games.

Christmas
in July returns to Canal Park Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. as this crucial
three-game continues. Exchange any five non-perishable food items for a free
ticket or a gently used winter coat (preferably a children’s size) for two with
all proceeds benefitting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Salvation
Army of Greater Akron. There will be seven Santas on hand along with stars from
the Akron Racers and it is Two for Tuesday featuring buy one, get one free
specials on hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and soft drinks.

Cleveland
Indians right-hander Anthony Reyes is the expected starter Tuesday for Akron as
he continues his rehab assignment in Double-A against Bowie lefty Rick Zagone
(1-2, 3.55 ERA). Join long-time Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Tuesday
evening’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.

Aerodynamics Game #98: 07/22/10

GAME #98 ? THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #47 ? FIRST ENERGY STADIUM ? READING, PA

AKRON AEROS (52-45) AT READING PHILLIES (47-49)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Broomsticks… The Aeros rallied for two runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to defeat the first-place Altoona Curve by the score of 4-2 and finish a perfect 7-0 on their weeklong home stand at Canal Park. Altoona scored first in the first inning against Aeros starter Paolo Espino on an RBI groundout from Gorkys Hernandez. Akron left fielder Jerad Head then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the second inning that preceded a 37-minute rain delay. The score remained until the Curve tied the margin in the sixth before the Aeros rallied against reliever Ramon Aguero in the eighth. Beau Mills tripled to lead while catcher Damaso Epsino broke open the game with an RBI single to left and Tim Fedroff then drew a run-scoring walk. Reliever Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win, Aguero (1-3) took the loss and Shane Lindsay earned his first Eastern League save. 

? Quality of Life… The starter Espino recorded his second straight quality start despite taking the no-decision Wednesday night against Altoona. The EL All-Star struck out six batters in six efficient innings, allowing just two runs on six hits total. A 23-year-old native of Panama, the right-hander now has a 3.71 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts) for the Aeros this season. He currently leads the team with his 97.0 innings pitched and his 85 strikeouts are tied for the top mark with LHP Scott Barnes. 
? General Lee… Akron’s bullpen has been tremendous of late and nobody has been over the past month than the Taiwan native Lee. He struck out two in two shutout innings of relief Wednesday night, allowing just one hit to the seven batters he faced. Overall, Lee has recorded 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts against only four hits and three walks since the seventh inning against the Binghamton Mets on June 25th. He now leads the Aeros with 31 relief appearances this season. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Another impressive Akron star of late has been the first baseman Mills, who tripled to ignite the deciding rally Wednesday. He is now batting .311 (23-for-74) with 17 RBI in his past 19 games since returning from the disabled list with an intercostal strain injury on June 29th. Mills was Cleveland’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the June 2007 Draft. 
? Catching On Strong… Espino was the hero Wednesday night as his RBI single in the eighth provided the game’s winning run. The Aeros are now 31-20 when he starts at catcher this season and the 27-year-old out of Panama City, Panama is batting .275 in Double-A. His cousin Paolo earned the win yesterday and is 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts with Damaso catching. 
? Back in Black… Left-hander Nick Hagadone returned from the disabled list today and will start for the Aeros in the opener of a four-game road trip in Reading. Hagadone landed on the injured list on July 5th with left shoulder discomfort and will be followed tonight by LHP Eric Berger. To make room on the active roster, Lindsay was transferred to Class AAA Columbus.

 

AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Akron’s Matt McBride reached first base on a catcher’s interference Wednesday night for the third time, becoming just the sixth professional player to have at least three this season.

Recap 07/21: Aeros Sweep Home Stand, Defeat Altoona 4-2

AKRON,
OH – The Akron Aeros completed a perfect seven-game home stand Wednesday
evening, defeating the first-place Altoona Curve by the final score of 4-2 at
Canal Park. Catcher Damaso Espino scored the game-winning run with a dramatic
two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning in front of 1,782 fans in
downtown Akron. The win improved the third-place Aeros to 52-45, a season-best
seven games over .500 and only 5.5 games behind the Curve (57-39) in the
Eastern League’s Western Division.

Altoona
began the scoring in the first against Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino. The
EL All-Star permitted a leadoff triple to shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gorkys
Hernandez promptly gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage with a run-scoring
groundout to first base.

The
narrow lead did not last for long as the Aeros responded in the bottom half of
the second, Matt McBride reached base to start the inning on a catcher’s
interference following a foul ball against Curve lefty starter Jeff Locke. Two
straight outs ensued before left fielder Jerad Head unloaded on the first pitch
he saw for a two-run homer to center.

With
Akron leading 2-1 after two innings, a rain delay interrupted the game action
at Canal Park for the second straight night. The pause lasted 37 minutes before
Locke and Espino battled in a pitcher’s duel for the remainder of the next
three frames.

The
Curve finally broke the standstill in the top of the sixth when Hague collected
a one-out single to right. Third baseman Jordy Mercer then provided a
game-tying double to left-center field, scoring Hague all the way from first
base.

Both
bullpens helped maintain the tie score until the deciding bottom of the eighth
inning against Altoona reliever Ramon Aguero. The right-hander recorded two
quick outs against Cleveland Indians star Shin-Soo Choo and McBride before Beau
Mills started the rally with a triple to center. Aguero then loaded the bases
with a pair of walks and Espino broke upon the game with his single to right on
a 1-2 offering. Tim Fedroff followed with the RBI of the night on a five-pitch
bases-loaded walk, providing for the game’s final 4-2 margin.

Reliever
Chen-Chang Lee (5-3) earned the win for the Aeros with a pair of strikeouts in
two scoreless innings in relief of Espino. Aguero (1-3) took the loss in his
rough 0.2 innings pitched and Shane Lindsay recorded his first save as a member
of the Indians organization in the ninth. Espino provided six efficient innings
in the no-decision for his third quality start, striking out six batters
against two walks and six hits.

Espino
was the hero as he finished 1-for-4 with the clutch RBI in the bottom of the
eighth and Mills was the only Akron batter to finish with two hits. Choo
finished 0-for-4 in his projected final game on rehab assignment while
recovering from a right thumb sprain.

The
Aeros finally hit the road after the game this evening and begin a four-game
weekend series with the Reading Phillies Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. The fun
starts at First Energy Stadium as Akron hopes to win an eighth straight game
with a currently unannounced starting pitcher against Reading’s Drew Naylor (8-7,
4.05 ERA). 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Aerodynamics Game #93: 07/17/10

GAME #93 ? SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #47 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (47-45) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (38-55) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 
? Blowout City… Akron dominated the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park Friday night, earning an 8-1 victory in front of 7,144 fans in attendance for Fireworks Friday. Right-hander Paolo Espino delivered six shutout innings while fellow Eastern League All-Star Brooks Brown struggled early as he allowed two runs on two triples in the second frame. Lonnie Chisenhall then had an RBI double in the third while Brown left the game in the fifth as a double steal plus a throwing error scored a run before Carlos Rivero added another single. The Aeros scored their final runs in the sixth and eighth innings on a double by Tim Fedroff, a fielder’s choice from Matt McBride and an RBI single courtesy of Kipnis. Erie’s only run came in the ninth against reliever Steven Wright as Espino (9-3) earned the win with his impressive outing and Brown fell to 7-6 on the year with the loss. 

? Electric Espino… The Panama native limited the SeaWolves again Friday, recording five strikeouts against only three hits with no walks in his six innings. In four games (three starts) against Erie this season, Espino is now 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched as he now is tied for second in the Eastern League with nine wins. Last night was just the second quality start of the year for the 23-year-old as he tied a season-best with the six frames. He led the Class A Carolina League with a 2.59 ERA with the Kinston Indians in 2009 and was a 10th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the June 2006 Draft. 

? Fedroff on Fire… Center fielder Tim Fedroff finished 2-for-4 at the plate Friday night to pace the Aeros offensive attack. He collected a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI the day after snapping his season-high 12-game hitting streak. It was his team-leading 24th multi-hit game as the University of North Carolina product is batting .267 in 85 contests on the year. 

? Walk of Life… Both Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Kipnis showcased their patience in the batter’s box Friday against Erie. The top two men in the batting order twice drew back-to-back walks, helping the host offense finish with 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position overall. Kipnis was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI while drawing his three walks while the injured Cabrera left the game for pinch-hitter Jerad Head in the seventh and was 0-for-2 with his two free passes. 

? Lawn Mower… Reliever Omar Aguilar struck out the side in the eighth inning Friday, continuing a solid streak late in games. The 25-year-old right-hander now has a 1.72 ERA with 41 strikeouts in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings this season. 

? Tonight, Tonight… Saturday night is the seventh of eight straight meetings between the Aeros and the SeaWolves. The Great Transparency will have a pre-game Faith Night concert at Canal Park starting at 6:00 p.m. while after the contest Appalachian Outfitters presents the second Scout Night of the year…. Akron hosts the first-place Altoona Curve starting Monday.

 


AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Since losing at Richmond on June 28th, the Akron Aeros are now 11-5 in their past 16 games. The pitching staff has limited opponents to two runs or less six times with a 2.07 ERA overall.