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Recap 07/16: Aeros Smash SeaWolves Again, Win 8-1

AKRON,
OH – Akron’s offense stayed hot while starter Paolo Espino led the Aeros
pitching staff to a dominant 8-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves Friday night
at Canal Park. The hosts collected 10 hits with six walks highlighted by a
double and a triple from left fielder Tim Fedroff in front of the 7,144 fans in
downtown Akron. Despite the victory over the slumping SeaWolves (38-55), the
Aeros (47-45) remain 2.5 games behind the second-place Bowie Baysox in the Eastern
League’s Western Division.

The
scoring began early as shortstop Carlos Rivero started the second with a
stand-up triple to dead center field. After two straight groundouts, Fedroff
recorded the RBI on another triple while Erie’s starter Brooks Brown threw a
wild pitch to give Akron a 2-0 lead.

Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then made it a three-run game with a run-scoring
double in the third inning, plating Jason Kipnis all the way from first. The
Aeros chased out Brown in the fifth as Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal
Cabrera and Kipnis started a rally with a pair of walks. A double steal and a
throwing error scored Cabrera and after an intentional walk to Beau Mills,
Rivero brought the edge to 5-0 with an RBI single to left.

Akron
starter Espino cruised through his six innings pitched while his offense increased
the advantage to 7-0 in the bottom half of that frame. Damaso Espino led off
with a looping double to right and Fedroff again had a clutch extra-base hit
with a run-scoring double before reliever Cory Hamilton permitted two more
walks to Cabrera and Kipnis. With the bases loaded, a fielder’s choice off the
bat of Matt McBride then plated Fedroff. 

The
Aeros scored their final run of the evening in the eighth as pinch-hitter Jerad
Head replaced Cabrera with a one-out double to right field. Head advanced to
third on a throwing error while Kipnis promptly followed with an RBI infield
single to second base.

Erie
scored their lone run of the game against reliever Steven Wright in the ninth
as Cale Iorg doubled with one out and pinch-hitter Shawn Roof hit a clutch
single to center.

Espino
(9-3) earned the victory with just his second quality start of the season,
blanking the Wolves through six innings on three hits. The Eastern League
All-Star right-hander recorded five strikeouts on the night as he moved into a
tie for second in the league with nine wins this year. Brown (7-6) struggled in
taking the loss as he allowed the first five runs in 4.2 innings and Akron
reliever Omar Aguilar struck out the side in the eighth.

Fedroff’s
12-game hitting streak ended Thursday night, but he responded with a 2-for-4
performance Friday along with two RBI and two runs scored. Kipnis also starred
with his two singles and three walks while the recovering Cabrera played the
first seven innings again tonight, going hitless in two at-bats with two free
passes and a run scored.

This
four-game weekend series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on another busy
evening at Canal Park. The Great Transparency leads the way with a pre-game
Faith Night concert at 6:00 p.m. and after the game, it is the second Scout
Night of the season presented by Appalachian Outfitters.
Akron lefty Eric Berger (4-5, 4.79 ERA) looks to continue
his solid pitching of late against Erie southpaw Charlie Furbush (1-0, 2.30
ERA). Saturday’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 #91: 07/15/10

GAME #91 ? THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD

HOME GAME #45 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (45-45) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (38-53) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 
? Monday Madness… The Aeros concluded the first half of the regular season Monday evening in Erie with a 4-2 loss against the SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park. A solid eight-inning performance by Erie starting pitcher Thad Weber led the way as the Akron offense struggled for most of the contest. The Wolves struck first on a three-run home run by Rawley Bishop against Akron starter Eric Berger in the bottom of the third inning. The hosts added on another run in the sixth and a two-out, two-run homer by Matt McBride provided the only scoring of the night for the Aeros in the eighth. Weber (6-9) earned the win by permitting just two runs on eight hits while Berger (4-5) took the loss with five innings pitched and Lester Oliveros recorded his first save. 

? The Dirty Dozen… Left fielder Tim Fedroff also had a productive night at the plate during Akron’s 4-2 loss Monday night. The product of the University of North Carolina collected three singles overall, extending his hitting streak to 12 straight games. Fedroff now leads the Aeros during the 2010 season with 23 multi-hit performances, one ahead of McBride’s 22. 

? Warrior Wright… The Akron bullpen was solid Monday night despite the second straight loss in Erie. Bishop’s home run was the biggest mistake on the night and after the Wolves scored an unearned run in the sixth, right-hander Steven Wright closed the door on the offensive attack. He promptly delivered two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, permitting only one hit and facing the minimum. Cleveland selected Wright in the second round of the June 2007 Draft out of the University of Hawaii. 

? Star Wars… Three Akron Aeros players helped the Western Division capture a 10-3 victory in Wednesday night’s Eastern League All-Star Game in Harrisburg, PA. Left fielder John Drennen and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall both started and played the entire contest while right-hander Paolo Espino struck out the side as a reliever in the fourth inning. Chisenhall finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a six-run seventh inning and Drennen was 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run homer in the eighth. 

? Midway Lanes… After 90 games this year, the third-place Aeros stand at an even 45-45 overall and remain in the think of the Western Division playoff race. Akron trails the second-place Bowie Baysox by 2.5 games for the wild card spot, and trail the EL-leading Altoona Curve by 10.5 games. The Aeros won the final five Southern Division pennants in the old division alignment. 

? Home, Sweet Home… Thursday night’s contest marks the start of a busy weeklong home stand for Akron at Canal Park. Tonight is Thirsty Thursday, affiliates night featuring many of the top mascots in the Indians organization and Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will start as he continues his rehab assignment. The Aeros host the Erie SeaWolves for the remainder of the weekend before beginning a crucial three-game series against the Altoona Curve on Dollar Dog Monday. 

AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will become the 46th Akron Aeros player this season and the third Indians star to appear at Canal Park on a rehab assignment.

Recap 07/12: Aeros End First Half with 4-2 Loss to Erie

ERIE,
PA – The Akron Aeros lost 4-2 to the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park Monday
evening, concluding concluded the first portion of the Eastern League regular
season schedule. Erie’s victory helped the host team manage a four-game series
split with the Aeros as starting pitcher Thad Weber pitched eight innings in earning
the win. A three-run third inning homer by Rawley Bishop provided all the
scoring the Wolves (38-53) would need as the loss dropped Akron to an even 45-45
at the midway point of the 2010 season.

Aeros
starting pitcher Eric Berger stranded a pair of base runners in the first
inning before running into serious trouble in the third. The left-hander
allowed a single and a walk to start the rally, and then with one out, the
designated hitter Bishop unloaded a 2-2 pitch to the left field bleachers,
giving Erie the quick 3-0 advantage.

Meanwhile,
the righty Weber cruised through the opposing lineup in the early part of the contest.
He held Akron scoreless through the first six innings with five hits and no
walks, while his offense again broke through against new reliever Bryan Price.

Left
fielder Deik Scram drew a one-out walk, stole second base and promptly advanced
to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Price. Catcher Andy Bouchie then
plated the fourth unanswered run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to right
field.

In
the eight, the Aeros finally managed to score runs against Weber thanks to the
hot bat of designated hitter Matt McBride. Right fielder John Drennen singled
with a pair of outs and McBride homered immediately after, providing the final
margin of the contest.

Weber
(6-9) earned the win as he permitted just two runs total on eight hits with
three strikeouts in his eight innings pitched. Berger (4-5) took the loss in
struggling through the first five frames and Erie reliever Lester Oliveros
earned his first save of the season.

McBride’s
lone hit extended his road on-base streak to all 41 of his games played away
from Canal Park this year and marked his team-leading 13th home run.
Drennen also finished with two hits while streaking left fielder Tim Fedroff
collected three more singles to extend his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games.

The
Eastern League will enjoy a collective day off Tuesday before the EL All-Star
Game at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA Wednesday night. Three Aeros players,
infielder Lonnie Chisenhall, outfielder John Drennen and right-handed pitcher
Paolo Espino will participate in the contest before the second half resumes the
next day.

The
Aeros and the Wolves then continue their season series in the opener of a
weeklong home stand Thursday night at Canal Park. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. on
another Thirsty Thursday and it is Affiliates Night, meaning many of the
mascots in the Indians organization will be on hand. Akron lefty Kelvin De La
Cruz (1-5, 5.69 ERA) will look for his first win in nearly two months in the start
against a currently unannounced Erie pitcher. Thursday’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.

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Aerodynamics Game #88: 07/10/10

GAME #88 ? SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #44 ? JERRY UHT PARK ? ERIE, PA 

AKRON AEROS (44-43) AT ERIE SEAWOLVES (36-52) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          DETROIT TIGERS
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros continued their winning ways Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie by dominating by the SeaWolves with a 10-1 victory. The nine-run margin of victory was the largest by the team this season, eclipsing the previous eight-run mark set last Monday against the Trenton Thunder. Designated hitter Matt McBride began the scoring with an RBI double in the first and Erie designated hitter Michael Betram tied the score at 1-1 with a solo homer to right field in the second. Akron then scored three more times in the fourth inning and extended the lead to seven with four runs in the seventh. First baseman Beau Mills capped the night with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, providing for the final margin of the game. Aeros starter Paolo Espino (8-3) earned the win by allowing one run in five innings while lefty Ramon Garcia (0-5) took the loss. 

? Star in the Sky… The Eastern League All-Star Espino had another solid start Friday night in his return to the starting rotation. He permitted just four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in the outing, making only one major mistake on the home run by Bertram. The 23-year-old Panama native has worked at least 4.2 innings in all 12 of his starts this season and is also 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six relief appearances. His eight wins now rank tied for fourth in the league and he was named earlier in the week as a replacement for closer Bryce Stowell in the EL All-Star Game, to be played Wednesday at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. 
? Beau Knows Hitting… Mills led the Akron offensive attack Friday in Erie as he finished 3-for-4 at the plate with his sixth home run of the season. He also recorded four RBI and tied a team-high for the year with three runs scored, marking yet another solid outing since returning from an intercostal strain and a nearly three week stint on the disabled list. The first baseman is now batting .378 (14-for-37) with three home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI in nine games played since his return on June 29th. 
? Six Flags… Reliever Chen-Chang Lee replaced Espino in the sixth inning Friday and had one of his finest outings of the 2010 season. He faced the minimum while striking out six batters in three innings pitched as he only allowed a lone walk that was eventually erased via a double play. A native of Taiwan, Lee is 4-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 28 games on the year, but the 23-year-old now has 14 strikeouts against just two hits and one unearned run allowed in seven innings over his last four appearances. The Indians signed Lee in September 2008 and he had a 3.35 ERA in 45 contests with the Class A Kinston Indians last season. 
? Back to the Future… Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall left the Aeros today for Anaheim, CA to participate in tomorrow’s XM MLB All-Star Futures Game. Named the second-best prospect in the Indians system prior to the 2010 season by Baseball America, the third baseman Chisenhall will also appear in the EL All-Star Game Wednesday after being selected by fan voting. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
Designated hitter Matt McBride collected three hits again Friday night at Jerry Uht Park in Erie and has now reached base safely in all 38 contests he has played on the road this season.

Recap 07/09: Aeros Stay Hot with 10-1 Blowout over Erie

ERIE,
PA – Designated hitter Matt McBride and first baseman Beau Mills led the Aeros
to their largest victory of the season Friday night in Erie, dominating the
SeaWolves by the final score of 10-1. A crowd of 3,541 fans at Jerry Uht Park witnessed
McBride and Mills each collect three hits and combining for five RBI, leading
for the way for the 13 hits totaled by the Aeros offense. The victory was the
eighth in 11 contests for now-streaking Akron (44-43), snapping a four-game
winning streak by the SeaWolves (36-52).

The
outpour began early as the Aeros scored in the top of the first against Erie
lefty starter Ramon Garcia. Second baseman Jason Kipnis singled, advanced to
second on a groundout and scored on a double down the left-field line by
McBride.  The Wolves responded to tie the
score at 1-1 in the second on a solo homer by Michael Bertram.

It
was all Akron after that as McBride, Mills and shortstop Carlos Rivero hit
three straight singles to load the bases in the fourth inning. A wild pitch advanced
all three runners, right fielder Jerad Head provided a sacrifice fly while catcher
Damaso Espino ended Garcia’s night and gave the visitors a commanding 4-1 advantage
with another single to right.

A
single by McBride then helped to load the bases again in a four-run seventh
with just one out, and Mills scored two on a hit up the middle. An error by
Erie shortstop Cale Iorg then plated another run and a Tim Fedroff groundout
brought home Mills.

Leading
8-1 entering the ninth, the Akron offense seemed done for the night but Mills
still had one opportunity to shine. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drew a
leadoff walk, McBride struck out and then Mills unloaded with a two-run homer
to left on a full count against SeaWolves reliever Lester Oliveros, the team’s
fifth pitcher of the night.

Eastern
League All-Star Paolo Espino (8-3) earned the win in the start for the Aeros,
allowing just four hits and three walks in five innings pitched with five
strikeouts. His only mistake was the home run ball by Bertram and Garcia (0-5)
took the loss after lasting just 3.2 innings. Right-hander Chen-Cheng Lee was
dominant out of the pen for Akron, facing the minimum in three innings while
striking out six and permitting one walk.

The
number four and five hitters in the Akron lineup, the combination of McBride
and Mills led the way for the offensive showcase. McBride finished 3-for-4 with
two runs scored and a double, collecting a single RBI to pad to his
team-leading 47 this season. Mills homered for the third time in seven games,
driving home four runs with three runs scored and a walk. Center fielder Jordan
Henry also had two hits and the previous high for a margin of victory by the
team this season was eight, set Monday night against the Trenton Thunder.

This
four-game weekend wraparound series right before the Eastern League All-Star
Break continues Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park. The Aeros hope
to continue their hot streak with ace Alex White (3-4, 1.70 ERA) on the mound starting
against left-hander Duane Below (3-7, 4.84 ERA) of the SeaWolves.  Join Jim Clark for Saturday night’s radio broadcast
from 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.

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Paolo Espino Replaces Bryce Stowell for Eastern League All-Star Game

AKRON,
OH – Akron Aeros right-hander Paolo Espino will replace closer Bryce Stowell on
the Western Division roster for next week’s 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game,
the league announced today. Espino has ranked among the EL leaders in wins all
season and takes the spot of the recently promoted Stowell, who was a fan
selection for the contest. The Aeros will also send third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall and outfielder John Drennen to this year’s All-Star Game on
Wednesday, July 14th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA.

Espino,
a native of Panama City, Panama, currently holds a 7-4 record on the season
with a 4.16 ERA in 17 outings (11 starts). He leads the team with 80 innings
pitched total and ranks second with 69 strikeouts after beginning the year as a
starter before shifting to piggyback duties for left-hander Nick Hagadone.
Espino delivered at least 4.2 innings pitched in each of his first 11
appearances, holding a 3.28 ERA after permitting just one hit in five frames of
relief against the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park on June 1st.

The
5’10”, 190-lb. pitcher spent the vast majority of the 2009 season with the
Class A Kinston Indians. He was 9-6 in 22 games (21 starts) for the K-Tribe,
finishing with a Carolina League-best 2.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He finished third
in the Indians Player Development System in wins (11) and ERA (3.01) while also
making six appearances for the Class A Lake County Captains and a spot start in
Akron. Cleveland selected Espino in the 10th round of the June 2006
Draft out of The Pendleton School in Bradenton, FL.

The
Indians transferred Stowell to Class AAA Columbus Sunday after he spent six
weeks with the Aeros this season. The California native did not surrender a run
in 22.1 innings pitched across 14 outings (one start) in Double-A. The
23-year-old then made his Clippers debut Monday and overall on the year, he has
a 0.74 ERA with 75 strikeouts against only 20 walks in 48.2 innings. Cleveland
originally selected Stowell in the 22nd round of the June 2008 Draft
out of the University of California, Irvine.

Meanwhile,
Akron’s four-game home stand continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. for a Two for
Tuesday at Canal Park against the Trenton Thunder. All fans can enjoy
two-for-one specials on ballpark favorites such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot
dogs and ice cream scoops, along with a special buy one ticket, get one free
offer from KRAFT Singles. Akron left-hander Scott Barnes (4-7, 5.55 ERA)
matches up against Trenton southpaw Wilkin de la Rosa (2-3, 5.68 ERA) in the
second game of this series. Join Jim Clark for Tuesday 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.

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Recap 07/04: Aeros Fall 6-5 to Bowie in 11 Innings

BOWIE,
MD – The Bowie Baysox managed a series split with the Aeros on Independence Day,
striking for a run in the 11th inning to earn the 6-5 victory. After
dropping the first two contests in this four-game weekend series, the Baysox
rallied again Sunday in front of the massive holiday night crowd of 8,864 fans at
Prince George’s Stadium. Tim Fedroff and Beau Mills each had big offensive
nights for Akron (40-42), but the team lost for the third time in as many extra
inning contests this season and Bowie improved to 45-38 overall.

Baysox
starter Chorye Spoone stranded the bases loaded in each of the first two
innings while his offense struck in the bottom of the second. Brandon Waring
nailed a one-out home run against Aeros lefty starting pitcher Nick Hagadone but
the first baseman Mills tied the game at 1-1 with a first-pitch homer of his
own to left field in the third.

Akron
then quickly loaded the bases in the fifth as Fedroff singled to second, Lonnie
Chisenhall reached first base on a hit-by-pitch and Matt McBride drew a walk. Mills
earned the RBI with a free pass while a Jerad Head double play scored Chisenhall.

Now
trailing 3-1, the Bowie attack retaliated in the bottom half of the fifth against
new pitcher Paolo Espino. The right-hander recorded two straight outs to begin
the frame before allowing a walk and a run-scoring double and in the sixth,
catcher Caleb Joseph added to the trouble with a momentum-shifting two-out,
three-run homer to left field.

The
red-hot left fielder Fedroff singled to start the seventh, advanced on a
groundout and a Mills RBI base hit cut the deficit to only a single run. Shortstop
Cristo Arnal then scored on a clutch two-out single by Fedroff in the eighth,
bringing the game to extra innings.

For
the third straight time this season, the Aeros failed to score a run in the
extra session as the Baysox stranded the bases loaded in the 10th before
striking in the 11th. A Chisenhall throwing error brought runners to
first and third and the second baseman Carlos Rojas provided the game-winning base-loaded
single with one out in the frame.

Brandon
Cooney (2-0) earned the win with three shutout frames for Bowie while Akron reliever
Connor Graham (2-4) took the loss as he permitted four hits in 1.1 innings
pitched. Hagadone provided one his finest starts in Akron, only allowing the
early homer in four innings with three strikeouts before Espino struggled in
permitting four runs in relief.

Fedroff
starred again as he finished 4-for-5 on the night with two runs scored and an
RBI after collecting three hits Saturday night as well. Mills finished 3-for-5
with three runs batted in along with two walks and the shortstop Arnal also singled
twice.

After
the long overnight bus ride home, the Aeros return home to Canal Park Monday for
the beginning of a quick four-game home stand. The fun begins on another Dollar
Dog Monday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League’s
Eastern Division and fans can find FREE ticket vouchers at any local KeyBank branch.
Akron pitching prospect Alex White (3-4, 1.72 ERA) will be on the starting
mound against Trenton’s Andrew Brackman (0-2, 4.50 ERA) in the series opener. Monday
night’s radio broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM as well as at
www.akronaeros.com and for more
information, please call the Akron Aeros team  offices at (330) 253-5151.

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