AKRON AEROS 12, BOWIE BAYSOX 3
KEY STATS: The teams waited out a 50-minute rain delay in the bottom half of the sixth inning with the Aeros batting...In his second start with the Aeros and first at Canal Park, LHP Scott Barnes earned a no-decision in allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four...Bowie's pitchers combined to issue eight walks helping the Aeros load the bases four times.
KEY MOMENTS: The Aeros emerged from the rain delay ready to hit, with 1B Beau Mills greeting Baysox reliever Fredy Deza with a two-run double that put the host up 6-3...The Aeros then put the game away with six insurance runs against the Baysox bullpen in the eighth inning.
STORM'S STAR: Mills went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
NOTES: Indians assistant general manager Chris Antonetti and Tribe special assistant to baseball operations Tim Belcher were at Canal Park Tuesday evening to watch the game from the stands behind home plate. Odds are that the pair were pretty interested in scouting one of the Indians new pitching prospects in Aeros starter Barnes. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder was originally signed by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round of the 2008 draft out of St. John's University. The left-hander came to the Indians in the trade that sent first baseman Ryan Garko to San Francisco in late July.
* MAGIC NUMBER: With the Aeros win and Reading's loss, Akron's magic number was reduced to 11 to clinch the Eastern League Southern Division title and 10 to clinch a playoff spot.
UP NEXT: The Aeros continue this short homestand with the second game of the three-game series at Canal Park against visiting Bowie (Baltimore Orioles) tonight at 7;05 p.m. Aeros left-hander Eric Berger (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and Baysox right-hander Tim Bascom (2-6, 4.24 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
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