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Cleveland Indians

Aeros dominate, Goleski on a home run roll

By sstorm Published: June 12, 2008

The Aeros just happen to be the hottest team in the Eastern League, having gone 8-2 over the last 10 games and owners of seven consecutive wins - three of which were of the thrilling come-from-behind variety.

Playing on the road last week in Portland, the Aeros rallied back from a 10-0 deficit Saturday followed by a 6-0 deficit Sunday. Tuesday Akron continued the theme, spotting visiting New Hampshire a 6-1 advantage before rallying for an 8-6 home victory.

While a handful of players have stepped up to contribute to the team's rise from the bottom of the Southern Division to second place - entering Thursday just one game behind Southern Division leader Bowie - outfielder/designated hitter Ryan Goleski has led the way the last two games.

Goleski, who has struggled offensively since his break-out season in 2006, finally began to find his stroke last week during the road trip. But he saved the best for the home crowd at Canal Park, winning Tuesday's game on a walk-off three-run home run then bashing another three-run shot Wednesday to spark the Aeros to an 8-2 victory.

"It's been a long time coming trying to get back to that consistent stroke I had in '06,'' said Goleski, who homered for the third consecutive game Thursday with a solo shot.

Of course, Goleski wasn't the only Aero to get off to a slow start this season. With a young group of players promoted together to Akron from Class-A Kinston, the Aeros new and inexperienced pitching staff took some time to find its footing as well.

"They've certainly shown the last few games there's no quit in them,'' Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "It says something about the guys out there and how much they believe in themselves.''

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