GAME #98 ? THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
OH – Setting several new season-highs yet again Sunday afternoon, the Akron
Aeros dominated the Erie SeaWolves by the final score of 11-2 at Canal Park.
The victory in front of 2,717 fans marked Akron’s first four-game series sweep
of 2010, with the last coming on the final series of 2009 against Erie. The
Aeros slugged 19 hits and seven doubles Sunday, both new yearly records, while
matching the top mark with their nine-run margin of victory. Akron’s win
improved the team’s record to 49-45 while the struggling last-place SeaWolves
(38-57) fell to a season-low 19 games below .500 with the loss.
enough, Erie actually scored first in the ball game against left-handed Aeros
starter Scott Barnes. The visitors rallied in the top of the second inning as
Rawley Bishop drew a leadoff walk and Michael Bertram scored him all the way
from first base with a double. A Justin Henry single later scored Bertram to
provide for the quick 2-0 margin.
would promptly record 11 unanswered runs to end the game and started with a
single tally in the bottom of that second. Designated hitter Jerad Head began
his big day with a double to center and quickly scored on a sacrifice fly by
shortstop Carlos Rivero.
Weber limited the Aeros for the next several innings as both him and Barnes
continued the early pitcher’s duel. The home team then exploded in the sixth,
knocking out Weber with three hits in the first four batters. Catcher Damaso
Espino collected the biggest hit of the frame, giving Akron a 5-2 advantage
with a two-out, two-run single.
blowout continued as the lead stretched to six with three more runs in the next
inning. Jason Kipnis started the seventh with a single against new pitcher Luis
Marte, Jerad Head singled as well and Rivero collected two RBI with a double to
left-center. Drennen also picked up another clutch two-out single before the
offense kept going in the eighth.
left fielder Tim Fedroff’s one-out double ignited the final attack of the
afternoon and he later scored on a Lonnie Chisenhall single. Head then doubled
home another run to make it 10-2 and Beau Mills provided the final blast with
yet another RBI two-bagger.
(5-8) earned the win in allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts
through six innings pitched. His impressive outing was his fourth consecutive
quality start, tying another 2010 Akron record twice set by Alex White. Weber
(6-10) took the loss while the Aeros pounded the Erie bullpen for seven runs on
10 hits in the final 2.2 innings. Relievers Chen-Chang Lee and Shane Lindsay
then closed the door with three shutout frames.
four hits tied another top total for the year and became the first Akron player
to score four runs during a contest during this regular season as well. Every
single player in the lineup finished with at least one hit while seven had
multi-hit performances, led by the two doubles from both Head and Mills, again
tying offensive records in 2010.
This home stand continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros host the first-place Altoona Curve. It is the much-anticipated “Ship
out LeBron James” night at Canal Park where fans make charitable donations of
gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets to the game. Tomorrow
marks another Dollar Dog Monday with Akron’s Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA)
starting against Altoona lefty ace Rudy Owens (8-3, 3.00 ERA). Monday 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.
GAME #92 ? FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
? Thirsty Thursday Triumph… The Aeros began the second half of the Eastern League schedule Thursday night with a 6-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park. A crowd of 2,774 fans in downtown Akron witnessed the host offense take an early 2-0 lead thanks to six hits in the first two innings. The Wolves then scored their only run on a Justin Henry sacrifice fly in the third inning against Aeros starter Kelvin De La Cruz. Three straight singles by Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt McBride began the bottom of the fifth as the team scored two more runs while back-to-back doubles by Beau Mills and Jerad Head created the four-run advantage in the seventh. McBride then capped the night with his team-leading 14th home run of the season in the eighth, giving De La Cruz (2-5) the win with the quality start while Erie starter Anthony Shawler (1-1) took the loss.
OH – Aeros lefty Kelvin De La Cruz earned his first win in exactly two months
Thursday night as Akron defeated the visiting Erie SeaWolves by the final score
of 6-1. The 6’5″ starter allowed just one run in six innings for his second
career Double-A quality start while Cleveland Indians star Asdrubal Cabrera
paced the Aeros offense on his rehab assignment. A crowd of 2,774 fans at Canal
Park witnessed Akron (46-45) claim victory over the SeaWolves (38-54) for the
seventh time in 11 chances this season.
helped the Aeros take the early lead by doubling to start the bottom of the
first and Jason Kipnis promptly followed with a single. Third baseman Lonnie
Chisenhall then collected the third straight hit with an RBI single to center
and Akron struck again in the second. Right fielder Jerad Head singled and
Jordan Henry later scored Head from second with two outs on a soft flying
single to center to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
responded in the third inning as center fielder Justin Henry, the brother of
Akron’s Jordan, scored catcher Andy Bouchie on a sacrifice fly. That out then
marked a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired by the red-hot De La
Aeros then pounced for two more runs against new Wolves reliever Josh Rainwater
in the fifth. Rainwater, in his first Double-A appearance of the season,
allowed three straight singles to load the bases and Head drew a one-out bases
loaded walk. The hosts then took a commanding 4-1 lead on a fielder’s choice by
left fielder Tim Fedroff.
Ramon Garcia replaced Rainwater in the sixth and ran into trouble in the bottom
of the seventh. Beau Mills and Head recorded back-to-back lead off doubles
while designated hitter Matt McBride sealed the victory with a solo home run in
De La Cruz (2-5) struck out five batters against
four walks and two hits in the contest, snapping a stretch of 10 straight starts
without a victory since May 15th. He finished the sixth inning for
just the second time in his Akron career, tying a record he set in his 2010
debut with the team back on May 8th. Erie starter Anthony Shawler
(1-1) took the loss in his four frames and a combination of Shane Lindsay,
Chen-Chang Lee and Zach Putnam out of Aeros bullpen retired all nine hitters in
the final three innings with five strikeouts.
Akron collected 13 hits total as the shortstop Cabrera
finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored before giving way to
pinch-hitter Carlos Rivero in the bottom of the seventh. Four other batters had
multi-hit performances led by two singles and two walks from Chisenhall, two
RBI by Head and the team-leading 14th home run by McBride.
home stand continues on another Fireworks Friday at Canal Park with a 7:05 p.m.
first pitch tomorrow. Time Warner Cable presents the fireworks spectacular and
it is a FRITOS® Family Friday
where fans can take advantage of a 10% discount at the Infield Outfitters team
store. It is a battle of Eastern League All-Stars as right-hander Paolo Espino
(8-3, 4.02 ERA) makes the start for the Aeros against Erie’s Brooks Brown (7-5,
3.77 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.
GAME #85 ? WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M.
? All Tied Up… The visiting Trenton Thunder evened up this four-game series by limiting the Aeros offense Tuesday night, holding Akron to just one hit in a 3-1 victory at Canal Park. Left fielder John Drennen recorded the lone base hit on a two-out single to right in the bottom of the second and the Aeros then scored first in the fifth. Trenton starting pitcher Wilkin de la Rosa loaded the bases with three walks and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drove home the run on a fielder’s choice. Thunder right fielder Edwar Gonzalez tied the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning with a home run to right and in the seventh, two early singles preceded a walk and the game-winning two-out, two-run single by Jack Rye. Trenton reliever Cory Arbiso (1-1) earned the win with 2.2 shutout innings while Akron starter Scott Barnes (4-8) took the tough loss and closer Ryan Pope recorded his third save of the year.
The Trenton Thunder limited the Akron Aeros to a season-low one hit Tuesday and the team had previously recorded exactly two hits just once this year on April 20th against Altoona.
GAME #81 ? SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010 ? 6:35 P.M.
? Friday Fireworks… The Aeros won their fourth straight game Friday night against the Bowie Baysox, utilizing a season-high four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron struck first on a solo shot by Jerad Head in the second before the Baysox responded to take a 2-1 lead on a Greg Miclat two-run homer. An RBI single by Lonnie Chisenhall tied the score, before a monster five-run fifth inning highlighted by another two-run home run by Matt McBride. The visiting Aeros extended their lead to 9-2 with two more blasts of the solo variety from Chisenhall and Beau Mills, while Bowie two final runs in the eighth and ninth innings to provide the final margin of the game. Akron’s Shane Lindsay (1-0) earned his first win in the Cleveland organization in relief of starter Eric Berger while Baysox starter Nate Nery (0-3) was shelled in the loss.