Tagged: Steven Wright

Recap 08/10: Aeros Struggle Again, Lose 11-0 to Reading

AKRON, OH – The Aeros lost for the eighth time in 10 games Tuesday night at Canal Park, suffering their largest margin of defeat this season by the final score of 11-0 against the Reading Phillies. Right-hander Corey Kluber surrendered six runs on 11 hits in just four innings in his first home start while the Phillies collected 18 hits on the night against the five Akron pitchers. Despite the loss, Akron (58-56) remains 4.5 games behind the Western Division wild card race and the R-Phils improved to 56-58.


Center fielder Jordan Henry and second baseman Jason Kipnis each singled to start the first, but the Aeros then struggled offensively against Reading lefty starter Yohan Flande. Kluber avoided damage in the first two frames before a rally in the third that featured four runs on five hits highlighted by a two-run double from Timo Perez.


The blowout continued in the fourth as Harold Garcia extended the lead to 6-0 with a one-out, two-run single to center. Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone replaced Kluber in the fifth but allowed another run on Keoni De Renne’s RBI double.


The Phillies provided for the final margin of the night with another four-run rally against relief pitcher Steven Wright in the top of the seventh. Flande retired 15 of his final 16 batters and the Aeros finally rallied but stranded a pair of runners to end the ninth.


Flande (8-7) earned the victory in his seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and two walks in one of his finest starts of the year. Kluber (0-2) faltered again in his second Eastern League outing, striking out five with one walk in the game. Akron’s bullpen fared no better, allowing the next five runs on seven hits with four hits in the final five frames.


New catcher Juan Apodaca was the only Aeros batter to reach base twice as he finished with a single and a walk. Left fielder Lucas Montero also doubled but the team has now failed to score four runs in eight of the nine games played in August.


This three-game series continues Wednesday night for “Paws and Pitches” Pet Night at Canal Park sponsored by Camp Bow Wow of Cuyahoga Falls. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. with proceeds from the event benefitting the Humane Society of Greater Akron and the Summit County Animal Coalition. Fans can bring all the members of the family for the fun in downtown Akron with a special offer of a $48 Family Pack including four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four bags of chips, a savings of $28!


Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes is expected to resume his rehab assignment tomorrow with the Aeros against Reading’s J.C. Ramirez (3-3, 4.76 ERA). Jim Clark for Wednesday’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 #113: 08/08/10

GAME #113 ? SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010 ? 1:35 P.M. 



? Rock the Boat… The Aeros claimed victory in a slugfest Saturday night, earning a 10-6 victory over the host New Britain Rock Cats at New Britain Stadium. The game started off in a back-and-forth contest with an RBI single by shortstop Carlos Rivero giving Akron a 1-0 lead in the second. In the third inning against new Aeros starter T.J. McFarland, Rock Cats slugger Erik Lis then smashed a two-run homer to right and a double-steal, double-error scored two more. The visitors regained a 6-4 advantage in the third thanks to two-RBI singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and right fielder John Drennen. New Britain tied the game later that inning but designated hitter Tim Fedroff scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to give Akron the lead for good. Lonnie Chisenhall then collected two solo home runs in the final three frames to provide for the final margin as reliever Steven Wright (1-1) earned the win with two shutout frames and Rock Cats starter Deolis Guerra (2-8) struggled in taking the loss. 

? Double Trouble… The left-hander McFarland avoided the decision but also had difficulties Saturday night in the close win over New Britain. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings, leaving right after the Aeros regained the lead. The 21-year-old earned the promotion from Class A Kinston to Double-A earlier in the day, and at the time of his promotion, led the Carolina League with 10 wins while posting a 2.81 ERA in 20 games (15 starts). Cleveland selected McFarland in the fourth round of the June 2007 Draft out of Amos Alonso Stagg High School (IL). 
? Wright on Time… Akron’s bullpen Saturday as three relievers combined to deliver five shutout innings with only one hit. The winning pitcher Wright started with three strikeouts and only one walk in his three frames before Bryan Price followed with two more frames to hold the lead. Closer Omar Aguilar then finished the game with a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout and overall, the Aeros bullpen has a 3.28 ERA this season and a sparkling 2.26 ERA in the past 44 games since June 20th. 
? Slugger Surprise… Chisenhall blasted out of a slump late in the game Saturday night to protect the narrow Akron lead. The 21-year-old third baseman finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored for his second multi-homer game in Double-A. He entered the game batting just 1-for-19 during this road trip and now leads the team with 63 runs this season. 
? Catching On… After being acquired Thursday, catcher Juan Apodaca has quickly adapted to the Aeros squad. He collected two singles and two walks in helping the offensive explosion Saturday, now reaching base in six of his first eight plate appearances. 
? Broomsticks… Akron hopes to finish a quick three-game sweep at New Britain Stadium this afternoon to conclude this weeklong road trip. The team returns home Tuesday for six games at Canal Park against Reading again followed by the Rock Cats. 
The Akron Aeros are second in the Eastern League with a .271 batting average and fifth with a 3.95 ERA, joining first-place Altoona as the only teams to rank top five in both this year.

Recap 08/07: Chisenhall Homers Twice, Aeros Win 10-6

BRITAIN, CT – The Aeros defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 10-6 in a slugfest
Saturday night, jumping back to their winning ways the night after snapping a season-high
six-game losing streak.  Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall homered twice in the final three innings as Akron overcame a
rough Double-A debut from left-hander T.J. McFarland in front of 6,489 fans at
New Britain Stadium. With the win, the Aeros (58-54) are now 3.5 games behind
the Western Division wild card and the Rock Cats fell to 33-81.

started with a bang in the top of the second against New Britain starting
pitcher Deolis Guerra. First baseman Beau Mills led off the second with a
double and shortstop Carlos Rivero created an early 1-0 advantage with an RBI
single to right field.

lead did not last long as the Rock Cats responded against McFarland in the bottom
half of the frame. Erik Lis smashed a two-run homer to right field while a
double-steal, double-error play plated two more to create a three-run deficit
for the Aeros.

catcher Juan Apodaca promptly led another rally in the top of the third with a
single before back-to-back singles from left fielder Cristo Arnal and center
fielder Jordan Henry loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Apodaca and Akron
reclaimed a 6-4 lead on two-run singles from second baseman Jason Kipnis and
right fielder John Drennen.

Britain tied the game in the bottom of that frame on four singles and a
run-scoring walk but the visitors re-claimed the edge for good in the fourth.
Designated hitter Tim Fedroff started with a double and later scored on Guerra’s
third wild pitch of the game.

Steven Wright led the charge for the Aeros bullpen after that inning and
Chisenhall helped the team add to the lead in the seventh. He homered to
left-center with one-out in the frame before Drennen recorded another RBI
double, and in the ninth, Chisenhall provided for the final margin on yet
another blast to right with a full count.

(1-1) earned the victory by recording a pair of shutout innings of relief with
three strikeouts and a lone walk. Guerra (2-8) struggled mightily in taking the
loss, permitting seven runs on nine hits in just four innings pitched.
McFarland allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five
strikeouts in four frames after earning the promotion from Class A Kinston
earlier in the day. Akron’s bullpen followed with five innings of one-hit
shutout baseball led by performances from Wright and Bryan Price.

finished 3-for-5 on the night with his two homers and three runs scored, now
ranking second on the team with 14 home runs this year. Mills, Fedroff, Apodaca
and Drennen each collected two hits as well and the latter delivered a
game-high three RBI.

Aeros conclude their weeklong road trip Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium
with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch time in the series finale against the Rock Cats. Akron
ace right-hander Alex White (6-5, 1.84 ERA) hopes to complete the three-game sweep
against New Britain’s Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.61 ERA). Join Ken Carman for Sunday afternoon’s
radio broadcast beginning at 1:35 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information,
please call the Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

Recap 07/31: Aeros Falter Late, Lose 8-6 to Reading in 10th

OH – Akron’s perfect streak of late-inning relief ended Saturday night as the
Reading Phillies scored in each of the final three frames en route to an 8-6
victory in 10 innings at Canal Park. The loss was the first by the Aeros in 50
games this season when leading after the eighth and four defensive errors hurt
the cause on the night in front of 3,925 fans in downtown Akron. Despite the
defeat, the Aeros (56-49) remain one game behind the Western Division wild card
spot while the Phillies improved to 52-53.

fielder Jordan Henry began his impressive night with a leadoff single in the bottom
of the first and designated hitter Jason Kipnis followed with an RBI double.
Two batters later, first baseman Beau Mills gave Akron a quick 2-0 lead with a
sacrifice fly to left.

scoring ensued as Reading took advantage of solo homers to lead off the second
and third innings against Aeros lefty starter Scott Barnes. Third baseman
Lonnie Chisenhall returned the favor with a towering solo shot of his own that
cleared the right field bleachers in the bottom of that third, maintain a
one-run advantage for the hosts.

the fifth, four singles against Barnes tied the score at 3-3 as Michael Spidale
plated Freddy Galvis with a one-out base hit to center. Lo and behold, second
baseman Cristo Arnal and Henry each singled in the bottom half before Kipnis
plated Arnal with another base hit and Henry scored on a misplay at the plate
by catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

teams scored yet again in the seventh as Rich Thompson scored on a groundout to
cut the deficit to 5-4 before a Henry triple extended the lead again.
Unfortunately, the Aeros offense did not respond to three straight rallies that
sealed the comeback victory.

by Kevin Mahar and Gosewisch against Akron reliever Steven Wright brought the
margin down to a single run again in the eighth. Closer Omar Aguilar entered
the game in the ninth, but allowed two walks while a wild pitch scored Thomspon
to force extras.

retired the first two batters of the 10th inning but then Galvis
reached base on a single and advanced to second on an Arnal error. Thompson and
Garcia followed with back-to-back RBI hits to provide for the final margin. Henry
dove to catch Mahar’s fly ball on the center field warning track, stranding the
runners and ending the deciding rally.

reliever Justin De Fratus (1-0) earned the victory with a pair of shutout frames
as the Phillies bullpen closed the door. Aguilar (2-4) took the loss for Akron
in his first blown save, permitting three runs but just one earned.  Barnes had a quality start despite his
no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in his six innings pitched with
four strikeouts.

finished 4-for-5 at the plate to increase his batting average to .588
(10-for-17) during this home stand while Kipnis was 3-for-5 with his double. Before
tonight’s loss, the Aeros led the league with a 49-0 record when leading after
eight innings this season.

Packs return tomorrow as the Aeros and the Phillies conclude this four-game
series Sunday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. Fans can save $28 on special family packs
of four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks for
only $48. Kids can also run the bases following the game and Cleveland Indians
starter Anthony Reyes (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second rehab start for Akron
against Reading’s Michael Cisco (2-7, 5.10 ERA). Sunday’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 #102: 07/27/10

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



? 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. 
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

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.

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 #100: 07/24/10

GAME #100 ? SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 ? 7:05 P.M. 



? Summer Reading… The Reading Phillies utilized a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth from first baseman Kevin Mahar to continue their 2010 domination of the Aeros with a 7-6 victory Friday night. A crowd of 8,902 fans at First Energy Stadium witnessed Akron take an early three-run lead thanks to a first-inning homer from first baseman Matt McBride. The Phillies stormed back from there with the two teams exchanging single runs before the hosts scored five in the fourth to secure a 6-4 advantage. The Aeros slowly worked their way back from there as left fielder Tim Fedroff homered for just the second time this season to cut the deficit to one run in the seventh. In the top of the ninth, right fielder Jerad Head scored second baseman Cristo Arnal on a single to tie the game, but Mahar responded with his game-winner against closer Omar Aguilar. Reading’s Sergio Escalona (2-6) earned the victory despite blowing the save in the ninth while Aguilar (1-2) took the loss in the heart-breaker. 

? Just Wright… Right-hander Steven Wright replaced Akron starter Scott Barnes and recorded a pair of shutout innings in the loss Friday. The reliever allowed a pair of walks with two hits, but avoided damage with two strikeouts to keep the Aeros in the game. A product of the University of Hawaii, Wright now has 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings as a Double-A relief pitcher this season. 
? Head of State… One of Akron’s more unheralded offensive stars recently has been the right fielder Head, who tied the game Friday in Reading with his RBI single in the ninth. He finished 2-for-5 on the night in just his second game as the team’s second batter in the lineup. After batting only .196 through his first 13 contests in his return trip to Akron this year, Head has responded by collecting a .342 batting average with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI in his last 31 games since June 10th. The Topeka, KS native leads the Eastern League with a .676 slugging percentage during this time and also has 24 runs scored. 
? Road Warrior… McBride provided the Aeros with the early lead Friday, smacking yet another road homer in the first inning against the Phillies. It was the Bethlehem, PA native’s team-leading 16th home run of the season, with 13 coming away from the state of Ohio, and also extended his road on-base streak to all 43 games this season. McBride has started at right field, first base and designated hitter in each of the past three contests and leads Akron in nearly every single offensive category on the year. 
? Century Mark… Tonight marks the 100th game of the season for the Aeros and they remain just one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second-place wild card spot. Akron won five consecutive Southern Division pennants in the previous Eastern League alignment and set an EL-record with a fifth straight 80-win season last year as well. In order to extend that mark to a sixth year in a row, the Aeros would have to finish the regular season this year on a 28-15 tear (.651 win percentage). 
The Akron Aeros hold the Eastern League’s best record at 45-0 when leading after eight innings this season and also are tied for the most wins when trailing after eight with four.