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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!

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.

Aerodynamics Game #110: 08/05/10

GAME #110 ? THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010 ? 7:00 P.M. 

ROAD GAME #53 ? BLAIR COUNTY BALLPARK ? ALTOONA, PA

AKRON AEROS (56-53) AT READING PHILLIES (64-46)
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? 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. 

? Rocky Start… Wednesday marked Kluber’s Cleveland Indians organizational debut following his trade deadline arrival from the San Diego Padres system. The 24-year-old right-hander struggled against the Curve however, permitting four runs (three earned) on eight hits in only four innings with five walks and four strikeouts. Upon the time of the three-way trade that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis, Kluber lead the Double-A Texas League with 136 strikeouts and was 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 22 games for the San Antonio Missions. He was San Diego’s fourth-round selection in the June 2007 Draft out of Stetson University. 
? Super Sun Devil… The only player to collect a hit Wednesday for Akron was Kipnis as he homered in the first inning and tripled in the seventh. Cleveland’s second-round pick in the June 2009 Draft out of Arizona State, he earned the promotion from Class A Kinston on June 10th and combined, is batting .318 with 25 doubles, 13 home runs, 73 runs scored and 55 RBI in 100 games. He leads the EL with his .425 batting average, .725 slugging percentage, 31 hits, and 52 total bases since the All-Star Break. 
? Moving On Up… Catcher Damaso Espino earned the promotion today to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers. The 27-year-old veteran joins his cousin Paolo in Columbus, as the right-handed pitcher earned the promotion Tuesday as well. Damaso was batting .250 in 59 games played in Akron this season and had a 34-25 record as a starting catcher. He also played in 21 contests last year in Double-A with the Aeros and the Indians acquired him via a mid-season trade in 2008 with the Kansas City Royals. 
? Juan Gone… In a corresponding roster move, Cleveland traded for catcher Juan Apodaca and activated him on the Akron roster. Apodaca had a .239 batting average in 55 games for Portland and Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox system this year. 
? Four Score… With Wednesday’s loss, the Aeros are 8-38 this season when scoring three runs or less in a game this season. Akron also has an 8-27 record when collecting seven hits or less and thus, has a 48-15 record when scoring at least four runs. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT: 
The Akron Aeros offense has collected just 40 runs and 80 hits in the last 10 games after leading the EL with a .290 batting average and ranking second with 33 home runs in July.

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.

Recap 07/27: Aeros Shutout Baysox Quickly, Win 4-0

AKRON,
OH – Four Aeros pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout Tuesday night,
defeating the second-place Bowie Baysox by the final score of 4-0. Led by
rehabbing Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes and a big first inning of
offense, Akron led throughout in a speedy two-hour and 13-minute contest in
front of 2,889 fans at Canal Park. With the win, the third-place Aeros (54-48) jump
back to being only one game behind the Baysox (56-48) in the race for the
Western Division’s wild card spot.

Reyes
allowed his only hit of his three innings pitched in the top of the first just
before the Akron offense provided all the run support needed on the night.  

Center
fielder Jordan Henry started his impressive game with a double to right and
second baseman Jason Kipnis singled against Bowie starter Rick Zagone. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall made it a 1-0 game with an RBI single to left while designated
hitter Matt McBride then followed with a towering three-run homer to the canal
in left field.

The
Aeros stranded two more runners later that inning as well and there would be
only six base hits total in the remaining eight frames. Reyes blanked the
Baysox through three before passing the torch to recently promoted reliever Rob
Bryson.

Tyler
Henson started the top of that fourth with a double and although Joe Mahoney also
drew a walk, Bryson worked out of the damage by forcing three straight outs.
Bowie only threatened again in the ninth when as they stranded runners on first
and second.

Reliever
Connor Graham (3-5) earned the victory for Akron, retiring all six batters he
faced after replacing Bryson in the fifth. Zagone (1-3) took the loss despite
only permitting one base runner after the first inning. Bryan Price then earned
his first save with three more shutout frames while it was an impressive Aeros
debut for Reyes. The right-hander allowed one hit and one walk with one
strikeout in his three innings pitched during his third rehab start following
June 2009 Tommy John reconstructive right elbow surgery.  

Henry
starred offensively as he finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles against
Zagone, increasing his Double-A batting average to .341 in 44 at-bats against left-handers.
McBride’s home run was his team-leading 17th of the season as he
joined two other sluggers for the minor league lead with 11 homers during the
month of July.

The
Aeros look for the series win in this crucial three-game series at Canal Park Wednesday
night with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. All Akron fans can save $28 on Family Packs
specials of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft
drinks for only $48 total. Lefty Scott Barnes (5-8, 5.20 ERA) makes his
team-leading 20th start of the year for the Aeros against Bowie
left-hander Pedro Viola (3-0, 2.45 ERA). Wednesday evening’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 team offices at (330)
253-5151.

Recap 07/24: White Dazzles Again, Aeros Beat Phillies 12-1

READING,
PA – Starter Alex White pitched seven efficient innings Saturday night to lead
the Aeros to a 12-1 victory at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Phillies.
Akron smacked three home runs on the night and 17 hits total, snapping
back-to-back defeats at the hand of the Phillies this weekend. A crowd of 6,765
fans witnessed the Aeros (53-47) score early and often en route to remaining
only one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second place wild card spot
in the Western Division while Reading is now 49-50.

First
baseman Beau Mills starred early for Akron as he drew a leadoff walk in the
second inning against Phillies starter Yohan Flande. Mills eventually scored on
a fielder’s choice before a monster bottom of the third for the road team. The
Aeros scored five runs in that frame, all with no outs, and started with a
double and three singles. Mills then brought home three more runs with a homer
to right, providing for the early 6-0 advantage.

White
cruised in the meantime, finally allowing the Phillies to score their lone run
in the bottom of the fourth. Timo Perez plated Michael Spidale on the RBI single,
but Akron maintained the six-run edge with another score in the fifth. Designated
hitter Matt McBride doubled to begin the frame while both shortstop Carlos
Rivero and left fielder John Drennen singled to bring home the run.

The
blowout continued in the sixth when center fielder Jordan Henry walked and second
baseman Jason Kipnis singled to end Flande’s night. An error by second baseman
Harold Garcia then plated Henry while McBride’s sacrifice fly made it an
eight-run game.

Aeros
right fielder Jerad Head then extended the lead yet again with a leadoff home
run in the top of the seventh. White finished after the seventh right before
Drennen delivered the evening’s final blow with a two-run, two-out home run in
the eighth.

White
(6-4) earned the win with his sixth consecutive quality start, striking out
seven batters against one run on eight hits. The 21-year-old now has a 1.48 ERA
in 12 Eastern League starts and he has allowed just four earned runs over these
last six outings. Flande (7-7) took the loss in permitting nine runs (eight
earned) on 12 hits in five frames while relievers Rob Bryson and Chen-Chang Lee
shutout the Phillies in the final two innings.

Nine
of the 10 Akron batters collected a hit on the night while six finished with
multi-hit performances. McBride was the only to finish with three base knocks
while also scoring three times and driving in a pair of runs. Drennen and Mills
each had three RBI in the victory while both homered for the eighth time this
season.

The
Aeros hope to manage a four-game split in this weekend series in Sunday
afternoon’s finale at 1:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Akron left-hander
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will look for his third win in three second
half starts against a currently unannounced Reading starter. Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast beginning at
12:50 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 #97: 07/21/10

GAME #97 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 

HOME GAME #51 ? CANAL PARK ? AKRON, OH

AKRON AEROS (51-45) vs. ALTOONA CURVE (57-38) 
CLEVELAND INDIANS          PITTSBURGH PIRATES
AERODYNAMICS… 

? Tuesday Thunder… The Akron Aeros smashed five homers Tuesday night for a sixth consecutive win at Canal Park by the score of 10-3 over the first-place Altoona Curve. Second baseman Jason Kipnis began his career performance with a leadoff home run in the first and Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo later scored on a Beau Mills RBI single. Altoona tied the game at 2-2 in the third but third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo shot to regain the lead. The home team then scored seven times in the fourth on a two-run homer by John Drennen, a three-run shot by Kipnis and finally, a two-out, two-run blast by Mills. The Curve scored the game’s final run in the sixth inning against new Akron reliever Rob Bryson as left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5) earned the win and Altoona’s Jared Hughes allowed all 10 runs (six earned) and the five home runs in taking the loss. 

? Curveball… De La Cruz earned his second straight victory Tuesday night, limiting the Curve to two runs on six hits in five innings pitched. The 6’5″ left-hander struck out three against three walks, continuing a solid stretch after going 10 straight outings without a win. The 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic improved to 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in four July starts. 
? Home, Sweet Home… Reliever Bryan Price avoided damage in the sixth inning Tuesday after replacing Bryson, who threw three wild pitches and walked four straight batters. Entering with no outs, Price recorded a strikeout and an inning-ending double play and he now has a 0.73 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched at Canal Park this season with 23 K’s against only four walks. 
? Kardiac Kipnis… No player has been hotter in minor league baseball over the past week than the 23-year-old Kipnis. He had his first-ever two-homer game Tuesday and his leadoff shot was Akron’s first since Brad Snyder on May 26th, 2006. Kipnis has led the team to a six-game winning streak since last week’s EL All-Star Break, batting .600 (15-for
-25) with five RBI. The converted outfielder out of Arizona State University currently ranks among the top 10 in MiLB in batting average, hits, extra-base hits (six), total bases (25), on-base percentage (.643), slugging percentage (1.000) and OPS (1.643) over the past six days. 
? Going the Distance… Akron’s five home runs Tuesday set a new season-high, breaking the record of four previously set on July 2nd at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. That night, Matt McBride tied a franchise-record with three homers in his first three at-bats. The Aeros now have eight long balls in this set against Altoona, already the most in any three-game series this year. 
? On the Road… Tonight marks the end of a weeklong home stand for Akron against the Erie SeaWolves and the Curve. After the series finale, the Aeros head to Reading for a four-game weekend series before returning again to Canal Park next Monday. That contest will mark the beginning of another seven-game stretch in Akron against the Bowie Baysox and the Reading Phillies. 
AEROS STAT OF THE NIGHT:  
The Akron Aeros hold a perfect 6-0 record since the Eastern League All-Star Break, collecting 34 extra-base hits en route to 7.5 runs scored per game and a .629 slugging percentage.