With Monday's Aeros/Baysox game rained out, the teams are schedueld to play a double header tonight beginning at 6:05 p.m. Each game will be seven innings. So far this season, the Aeros are 0-2 in double headers.
PITCHING MATCHUPS - Aeros RHP Austin Adams (1-1, 2.30 ERA) will get the start for the host in Game One and will face Baysox RHP Zach Clark (1-1, with a 3.07 ERA). In the nightcap, Aeros LHP Eric Berger will make a spot start against Bowie RHP Wynn Pelzer (1-0, 0.64 ERA).
Hagadone Honored - The parent club Indians named Aeros reliever and LHP Nick Hagadone the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for the period of April 17-23. Hagadone, 25, was a starter for most of his career before being recently converted to a reliever. Over the past week, he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just four hits, one walk and striking out eight batters. So far this season he has not allowed a run in 10 2/3 innings spanning five appearances and has issued just one walk while striking out 14. He has also limited opponents to a .162 average against while right-handed hitters are just 2-for-21 (.195) against him.
Hagadone was obtained by the Indians along with tonight’s starting pitcher, RHP Justin Masterson, and RHP Bryan Price from Boston on July 31, 2009 in a trade that sent C Victor Martinez to the Red Sox. Hagadone was originally selected by the Red Sox with the 55th overall pick (sandwich round between 1st and 2nd rounds) of the 2007 draft out of the University of Washington where he was a teammate of San Francisco Giants ace RHP Tim Lincecum.
During Hagadone's sophomore year at UW, he and Lincecum combined to no hit Santa Clara. This past off season, Hagadone was added to the Indians 40-man roster. He was named the 10th best prospect in the Indians organization entering 2011 by Baseball America.
DONALD RETURNS - A familiar face returns to Canal Park for the remainder of the home stand as Indians 3B Jason Donald is set to begin his second Major League Rehab Assignment with the Aeros this season. Donald is slated to be in the lineup for Game One playing third base and batting second.
HOME STAND PART 2 - The Aeros opened their second home stand of the season Thursday with a three-game set against Reading, winning Game One by a score of 6-3. However, Game Two was suspended due to rain and continued as part of a double header Saturday, where the Aeros lost both games to allow the R-Phils to claim their second consecutive series against Akron. The Home stand continues tonight at Canal Park as the Aeros are scheduled to begin a four-game series against Bowie.