The Aeros helped raised $30,000 for the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis, a non-profit treatment facility located in Uniontown. Aeros players wore specially-made “Orange Out” t-shirts during batting practice Saturday that were auctioned off to help support MS awareness. At Sunday’s game, the orange t-shirts were all over the stands, especially amid the large contingent from the Oak Clinic.
SPEED DEMON – Aeros second baseman Jose Ramirez(who shifted over to shortstop Sunday with Ronny Rodriguez getting a day off) recorded his Eastern League leading 17th stolen base after he led off the third inning with his second single of the game.
QUOTE OF THE DAY – “We keep preaching consistency,” Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “The difference between minor leagues and the big leagues is consistency. If you get to Double-A, it’s because you have the talent to ply in the big leagues. It’s consistency that will either keep you out of there or get you there.”
ROSTER MOVES – Before Sunday’s game, the Aeros said goodbye to designated hitter Chun Chen, who was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. He was in the Clippers lineup thin the two-hole for his Triple-A debut as Columbus prepared to take on Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
Chen batted .328 in 38 games with 10 doubles, a triple, a team-leading six home runs and 29 RBI. He also had eight stolen bases in as many attempts.
“He’s way due with his time to be in Triple-A,” Aeros manager Rodriguez said. “He’s a very good hitter, it’s just a matter of finding a position for him…There’s no question about his offense, he will hit anywhere - even in the big leagues.”
The Aeros also received right-handed pitcher Brett Brach back from Columbus after a spot start, as he will rejoin the Aeros starting rotation…In addition, outfielder Bo Greenwell was sent down to high Class-A Carolina and outfielder Cedric Hunter joined the Aeros from Columbus to take Greenwell’s place on the roster.
ELUSIVE WIN – For the fifth consecutive start, Aeros veteran right-hander Paolo Espino was denied his bid to earn a win that would make him the franchise’s all-time winningest pitcher. Despite holding the SeaWolves to just a run on two hits before leaving the game with two on and no outs through five innings.
Espino’s 23 career wins in an Akron uniform tie with the team’s former right-hander Jamie Brown (1998-2000). This season, Espino has had tough luck in going 1-1 with seven no-decisions. Although the Aeros have held leads in each of his last six games, they have gone just 1-5 over that span.
STREAK ENDED – Aeros third baseman Giovanny Urshela said his team-high 12-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 effort in the loss. Over the streak, Urshela hit .405 (17-for-42).
UP NEXT – The Aeros continue the homestand with a three-game series against the visiting Bowie Baysox. The Aeros are scheduled to send right-hander Toru Murata (1-2, 3.63 ERA) to the mound to face Baysox right-hander Tim Bascom (0-0, 2.08 ERA).