The Akron Aeros begin its final homestand of the season tonight, starting a four-game set 7:05 p.m. tonight against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double A).
The Aeros will follow the series with four games against Reading before ending its season with four games on the road at Harrisburg.
The series are crucial as the Aeros still have an outside shot of reaching the Eastern League playoffs.
The top two teams in each conference clinch playoff berths.
A sweep of Richmond could make things interesting.
Currently, the Aeros (66-64) are three games behind third-place Richmond (69-61) and 5.5 games behind second place Bowie (71-58). Harrisburg (73-57) leads the Western Division, seven games ahead of the Aeros.
Reading (67-63) is in second place in the Eastern Division, four games behind New Hampshire (71-59).
The Aeros are selling single-game postseason tickets just in case. Ticket prices for the postseason remain the same as the regular season. Reserved seats are $9 and general admission bleacher seats are $5. Groups of 25 or more and receive reserved seats for $6 a piece. Any un-played game tickets can be redeemed for a 2012 Aeros game
Every Friday and Saturday postseason game at Canal Park will feature post-game ? reworks.
Here are the starting lineups for tonight….
Richmond Flying Squirrels (69-61)
1. Darren Ford, CF
2. Skyler Stromsmoe, SS
3. Francisco Peguero, DH
4. Chris Dominguez, 3B
5. Roger Kieschnick, LF
6. Wes Hodges, 1B
7. Johnny Monell, C
8. Juan Perez, RF
9. Sharlon Schoop, 2B
Starting Pitcher: Left-hander Chuck Lofren (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
Akron Aeros (66-64)
1. Jordan Henry, CF
2. Cristo Arnal, SS
3. Chun Chen, DH
4. Ben Copeland, RF
5. Michel Herandez, C
6. Kyle Bellows, 3B
7. Raul Padron, 1B
8. Donnie Webb, LF
9. Karexon Sanchez, 2B
Starting Pitcher: right-hander Brett Brach (1-0, 3.27 ERA)
NOTES: Lofgren is a guy the Aeros should no all too well. At one time, the left-hander was considered one of the best pitchers in the Indians organization. Lofgren, who pitched for the Aeros from 2007 to 2009, was considered the Indians No.2 prospect (behind right-hander Adam Miller) according to Baseball America in 2007 and 2008. Lofgren was selected in the Major League phase of the 2009 Rule V draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and signed with the San Francisco Giants organization as a minor league free agent in 2010….The Flying Squirrels also have former Tribe farmhand Wes Hodges in the starting lineup. Hodges, who signed as a minor league free agent on June 14, is hitting .292 in 62 games with, 14 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI since joining Richmond.