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Cleveland Indians

Aeros improve to 4-1 with win over Altoona Monday

By sstorm Published: April 14, 2009

AKRON AEROS 7, ALTOONA CURVE 6

KEY STATS: The teams waited through an hour and 25-minute delay to start the game, then played through a couple innings of rain before the wet weather stopped...With the loss, Altoona remains winless on the season, dropping to 0-5. The Aeros improve to 4-1.

"There for a while I didn't think we'd be able to get it in," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "That was a great job by our (grounds crew) getting everything ready to help us squeeze it in."

KEY MOMENTS: After allowing a run in the first inning, Aeros starter Chuck Lofgren worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning unscathed. He allowed just one earned run despite four hits and four walks in four innings.

"Chuck was consistently down in the zone and when he did get up a little bit with his fastball he really made some good adjustments. It was a real positive night for Chuck. His pitch count got up on him quickly but it was good to see him go out there and have success."

*Altoona's Brad Corley was caught trying to steal home in the third inning.

"He surprised everybody," Sarbaugh said. "But Chuck and (catcher) Carlos (Santana) reacted well."

*The Aeros scored the winning run in the seventh inning when Mickey Hall walked and later scored on an error.

STORM'S STARS: Outfielder John Drennen hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning...Reliever Randy Newsom came on in the seventh with one out to get the final out and allowed just one hit over 1 1/3 innings of work...Closer Vinnie Pestano stuck out a pair and notched his second save in as many opportunities.

"His stuff is firm, he has a good slider, pounds the zone with his fastball and he hides the ball well," Sarbaugh said.

"I closed in college and thus far in my professional career," Pestano said. "I'm comfortable in that role. But wherever the Indians want to use me (in the future), that's what I'll do."

UP NEXT: The Aeros and Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates) are slated to meet again today at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Aeros right-hander Hector Rondon (1-0, 1.59 ERA) and Curve left-hander Tony Watson (0-0, 12.27) are the scheduled pitchers.

RADIO: WARF (1350 am).

NOTES: Left-hander Ryan Edell was promoted to Triple-A Columbus Sunday as part of the domino effect of Indians starter Scott Lewis being placed on the disabled list. Edell made one relief appearance for Akron this season, working two scoreless innings and earning a hold in a 2-1 victory over Bowie Thursday.

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