Aeros right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, catcher Chun Chen and shortstop Juan Diaz were selected Wednesday to the Eastern League All- Star game that will be played July 13 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, Conn.
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Aeros 4, Baysox 2 - Tuesday
Key Situation: With the score knotted 2-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Aeros used three consecutive hits against Baysox reliever Eddie Gamboa to break the tie and hand a two-run lead to closer Cory Burns in the ninth inning, who recorded his 20th save of the season.To read more or comment...
The Aeros (38-39) host the Bowie Baysox (37-37) tonight at Canal Park in the second game of this three-game set.
Before the game, 1B/C Matt McBride was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. Taking his roster spot is C Raul Padron, who signed by the Indians as a minor league free agent out of the Independent Atlantic League.To read more or comment...
Aeros 10, Baysox 9
Key Situation: After being shut out for five innings and facing an early 5-0 deficit, the Aeros offense awoke from its slumber to score 10 runs in four innings - including six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game 9-9...Aeros RF Donnie Webb provided the game-winning run with his walk-off RBI single that scored 1B/C Matt McBride.To read more or comment...
There's no mercy rule in minor league baseball.
If there was, the Aeros sunny Sunday afternoon game against Reading would have been called after the first inning, instead of playing out the full nine in a 12-2 victory that clinched a three-game series sweep.
In the lengthy bottom of the first, the Aeros batters dispatched Reading starting pitcher B.J. Rosenberg after just 2/3 of an inning, pounding him for seven runs on on four hits, two walks and a hit batter.
But the Aeros offensive surge did not end after Rosenberg exited the mound. Instead, the onslaught continued as R-Phils reliever Jordan Ellis gave up four more runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 emergency innings.
While the Phillies struggled to find a pitcher to stop the bleeding, Aeros starter Joe Gardner no-hit the visitors through four innings en route to the win, not bothered a bit by the long layoff between the first and second innings.
"I went down in the tunnel and threw a little bit with (catcher Juan) Apodaca while we were waiting for the inning to end," Gardner said. "I was just happy the guys were swinging the bats and we were going for the sweep. When I went back out there, I just stayed at it and didn't let up."
With the Aeros holding a commanding 12-0 advantage, the power at Canal Park went out briefly, leaving the teams to play a portion of the fifth inning the old fashioned way - without a scoreboard, public address announcer and music in between at bats.
That's when Reading finally broke up the shutout by getting on the board with two runs against Gardner. In the confusion, home plate umpire Tom Woodring lost track of the count and allowed Phillies first baseman Matt Rizzotti to begin the inning with a walk.
"It was 2-2 and (Woodring) said it was 3-2 and that I walked him," Gardner said. "I always keep count in my head, but that's all right. Stuff like that's going to happen and as a pitcher you can't let it bother you."
Reading centerfielder Derrick Mitchell followed with a single to center and with two outs, former Aeros infielder Niuman Romero doubled home the pair to cut Reading's deficit to 10 runs. But the R-Phils couldn't inch any closer as relievers Adam Miller and Eric Berger combined to shut them out over the final three innings, giving up just two hits.
Thanks to seven strong innings, Gardner evened his record to 5-5. He allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out six. The game marked the first for Gardner being caught by Matt McBride, who was catching for just the second time in nearly two years.
"I've thrown a couple bullpens to Matt and he's handled me pretty well," Gardner said. "That was the first time in a game, but going in I was very confident with him and he did well with making calls and keeping me within the strike zone."
McBride was just as good in front of the plate as he was behind it, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Aeros third baseman Kyle Bellows also picked up his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and three runs scored. Rightfielder Donnie Webb also went 2-for-3 with two RBI as Akron's offense banged out 12 hits on the afternoon.
"You have good days and you have bad and I have had a lot more bad than good," said Bellows, whose multi-hit performance raised his batting average to .199. "But I have been hitting the ball hard lately, so it's been a process. I am getting better every day, so that's the main thing."
The Aeros enter today's 1:05 p.m. game versus the visiting Reading Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies) looking to sweep the three-game series.
Aeros SS Juan Diaz provided the winning run the last two games with a two-run home run for Friday's win and a RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to hand the Aeros the come-from-behind victory Saturday.To read more or comment...
Aeros 2, Phillies 1 - in 10 innings Saturday
Key Situations: R-Phils LF Michael Spidale drove in the game's first run with a second-inning sacrifice fly and Aeros 1B Beau Mills tied the game with a solo home run in the sixth...Aeros RF Donnie Webb threw out Reading's potential go-ahead run in the seventh inning...C Juan Apodaca completed the play by tagging out the runner and holding on to the ball in the collision and also threw out a runner trying to steal in the eighth inning...SS Juan Diaz provided the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring Apodaca.
Quick Hits: In his Double-A debut, Phillies starter and RHP Joe Esposito limited the Aeros to just three hits over five scoreless innings...Despite lasting only 3 2/3 innings and leaving the bases loaded in three of four innings, Aeros LHP Kelvin De La Cruz managed to limit the damage to one run despite throwing 89 pitches in the brief outing.
Juan Diaz’s two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a one-one tie and allowed the Aeros to move on to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies at Canal Park.
Quick hits: Aeros starting pitcher T.J. Mcfarland earned the victory with seven innings of four hit baseball. He allowed one run, on a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. McFarland struck out five and walked two.To read more or comment...
Aeros starter and LHP Kelvin De La Cruz cruised through 6 2/3 scoreless innings before dishing up a six-run seventh inning to Portland that resulted in a 7-2 Aeros loss at Canal Park Sunday afternoon.
Aeros OF Tim Fedroff continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in the first inning to raise his batting average to .352.To read more or comment...
The Aeros rallied from behind Saturday night and propelled themselves to a 9-4 victory over visiting Portland with the aid of a six-run seventh inning and a solid relief outing by RHP Paolo Espino.
Aeros starter and LHP T.J. McFarland lasted just two innings, dishing up four runs - all in the second inning - on six hits to put the host behind early.To read more or comment...
Key situation: The Sea Dogs runs were earned, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t scored curiously. A single by rightfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang with two runners on in the top of the first scored the Sea Dogs first run.
The second runner, Tony Thomas, stopped at third base as Aeros right fielder Tim Fedroff threw the ball into pitcher Austin Adams. Adams threw the ball to first baseman Beau Mills, who had Chiang caught up between first and second.To read more or comment...
The Akron Aeros begin a weekend set 7:05 p.m. tonight against the Portland Sea Dogs at Canal Park. Here are the starting lineups….
Portland Sea Dogs (21-42)To read more or comment...
Indians DH Travis Hafner went 2-for-4 with a run scored in what appears to be his final rehab outing with the Aeros and LF Nick Weglarz hit two home runs and drove in four RBI.
But the seven runs (six earned) given up by Aeros starter and LHP Matt Packer in a brief, 4 2/3-inning outing was too much to over come as the host lost 8-5 to visiting new Hampshire Thursday at Canal Park.To read more or comment...
Aeros 3, Fisher Cats 0
Key situations: Aeros starting pitcher Joe Gardner worked eight scoreless innings and Matt McBride hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to guide Akron to a 3-0 win over visiting New Hampshire on Wednesday at Canal Park before a crowd of 3,176.To read more or comment...
Aeros starting pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz (4-4, 4.14 ERA) put Akron in an early hole Tuesday as he struggled to find his command against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Canal Park as the Aeros opened a six-game homestand.
The lanky lefty lasted just 3 1/3 innings after dishing up six runs on three hits, six walks and hit a batter before being sent to the showers after walking in three consecutive runs in the visitors' six-run fourth inning.To read more or comment...
STO's Bruce Drennen is bringing his "All Bets are Off" live TV show to the Aeros' Canal Park June 15th from 3-6 p.m.
Gates to the stadium will be open at 4:30 p.m. as fans are invited to be a part of the audience as long they've purchased a ticket to the game. Joining Drennen on the show will be Aeros players, staff and front office staff.To read more or comment...
Here are the starting lineups for Sunday afternoon's game between the Mets and Aeros at Canal Park:
Binghamton Mets (18-35) Batting Order
1. Jonathan Malo, 3B
2. Reese Havens, 2B
3. Bubba Bell, CF
4. Brahiam Maldonado, LF
5. Josh Satin, DH
6. Allan Dykstra, 1B
7. Salomon Manriquez, C
8. Eric Campbell, RF
9. Jose Coronado, SS
Aeros 1B Beau Mills had given the host a promising 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second inning Saturday night at Canal Park.
But trouble for Akron began soon thereafter when Aeros starter and RHP Austin Adams hit a wall in the third inning and dished up five runs as the Mets took a 5-1 lead they would never relinquish.To read more or comment...