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Martinez enjoys pain-free rehab stint; Aeros just painful to watch

By sstorm Published: August 15, 2008

As one astute press box observer said late Friday night after the Aeros were shut out 6-0 by visiting New Britain - even Victor Martinez could not save the Aeros.

Not that you expect a guy who hasn't hit live pitching in two months to show the way, but with as much as the Aeros offense has struggled since the All-Star break, anything was welcome Friday as the Indians All-Star catcher joined the team to begin his weekend rehab stint after right elbow surgery.

As expected, Martinez didn't help much in going 0-for-2 with a walk. But the Aeros sure didn't help themselves either. They let a guy with a 5-5 mark and 4.75 ERA limit them to one hit over eight innings.

In fact, as another observant press box attendee pointed out, the Aeros batters have hit just .235 since the break and are averaging just 3.5 runs per game.

First baseman/outfielder Stephen Head leads the way with a robust .261 average, while third baseman Wes Hodges is no where near the Mendoza Line.

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