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Aeros players shine in All-Star Game

By sstorm Published: July 14, 2010

Three Aeros players figured predominantly in Wednesday's Eastern League All-Star Game in Harrisburg, Pa.

Led by LF John Drennen, the Western Division All-Stars topped their Eastern Division counterparts 10-3 in front of 8,078 fans at Metro Bank Park.

Drennen went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, his two-run homer proving to pile on in the eighth inning.

Aeros 3B Lonnie Chisenhall went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while RHP Paolo Espino retired the side in the fourth inning via three strikeouts.

The night's action was tied 2-2 headed into the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Western Division All-Stars exploded for six runs off five hits against Reading RHP Drew Naylor, who took the loss despite pitching just 1/3 of an inning.

Drennen's two-run homer in the eighth came against Trenton RHP Josh Schmidt.

Harrisburg's own RHP Rafael Martin earned the win, striking out two batters in an inning of work.

The Aeros (45-45) return to action tonight at Canal Park, where they host the Erie SeaWolves (38-53) through the weekend. Heading into the unofficial second half, Akron sits in third place in the West, 10.5 games behind division-leading Altoona (55-34).

NOTES:

* In the Triple-A All-Star Game, the International League defeated the Pacific Coast League 2-1 for the the sixth time in eight years, this year via a pitcher's dual.

Although the IL hitters did not garner a hit until the fifth inning, host Lehigh's Andy Tracy (1B) broke up the PCL's no-hit bid with leadoff single to spark the scoring. Tracy also finished second in the Al-Star Home Run Derby.

Columbus CF Jose Constanza did not get an at-bat, but did enter the game as a pinch runner in the eighth inning. Clippers RHP Josh Tomlin allowed one hit while striking out a batter in an inning of work.

The IL West Division-leading Clippers (55-36), the Indians Triple-A affiliate, return to action today against the Norfolk Tides. The Clippers 55-36 record is the second-best mark in the league, right behind Durham (55-35).

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