AKRON AEROS 5, TRENTON THUNDER 2
KEY STATS: Indians left-hander Aaron Laffey pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out four batters in a major league rehab start.
"It feels really good to be back out there and be able to go full speed and not have to worry about anything at all," Laffey said. "I can give 100 percent effort now and not worry about injury."
Although Laffey said after the game he hasn't heard about his next assignment, odds are he'll have at least one more rehab start in an effort to build up his pitch count so that he can slide back into the Indians starting rotation instead of returning to the bullpen.
Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh agreed that Laffey's next start could come here in Akron.
"I think he's going to make one more start with us," the Aeros second-year skipper said. "That could change. But if he does, it would be Sunday."
* Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera recorded three ground-ball outs in his six innings of work in the first day of his major league rehab start. He is expected to play nine innings tonight and then DH Thursday.
"For Asdrubal, the big thing is getting his timing down (hitting)," Sarbaugh said. "But he made some real nice plays at short, he played well defensively."
KEY MOMENTS: With the host trailing 2-0 heading into the eighth inning, the Aeros offense got the Trenton bullpen on the ropes and delivered in a big way. With the bases loaded, Carlos Rivero broke up the shutout with a run-scoring single and Nick Weglarz followed with the big blow - a grand slam to left center field.
"The game changer was (Jose) Constanza's bunt," Sarbaugh said. "It was a nice bunt an with his speed, now you're really putting pressure on (the Thunder bullpen). Rivero's hit was a big ab to get that first run in an then you've got the bases loaded with your 3-4-5 coming up."
STORM'S STAR: After starting the season mired in a 3-for-48 slump, Weglarz is batting .304 since then (spanning 48 games) with 42 RBI.
UP NEXT: The Aeros continue this three-game series against Trenton (New York Yankees) tonight at Canal Park at 7:05 p.m. Aeros right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (6-2, 3.00 ERA) and Thunder right-hander Ryan Pope (2-5, 4.60 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
NOTES: Early Tuesday the Aeros were originally going to have right-hander Jeanmar Gomez piggy-back his usual day to start behind Laffey's four-innings. But a wrench was thrown into the plans when Indians left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis had a setback in his rehab and will miss his next scheduled start for the Aeros.
"Scott was supposed to go five innings on Sunday but came out after four because he had a little discomfort," Sarbaugh said.
With Lewis now not starting Friday, the Aeros just pushed their rotation back a day.