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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.