The Aeros defeated the Harrisburg Senators in game two of their series, 5-2, Wednesday night at Metro Bank Park. The Aeros boasted twelve hits led by Thomas Neal, Matt Lawson, and Chun Chen to take the Senators down for the second night in a row.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at Tyler Sturdevant's return to form, where he is at in his recovery from injury, and his Major League potential in the near future. He also looks at the progress being made by promising young lefty Luis Lugo in Arizona, why Giovanni Soto was shut down, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on the trade deadline decision-making process, plus updates and information on players like Matt Langwell, Chun Chen, Ronny Rodriguez, Jose Ramirez, Robbie Aviles, Claudio Bautista, and more.
The Akron Aeros put on a comeback performance to snag their 71st win of the season against the Harrisburg Senators, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Metro Bank Park. Second basemen Matt Lawson, who went 2-for-2 on the night, hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the winning run across for Akron in game one of the three-game series.
Your Akron Aeros continued their march toward the playoffs over the past week and while they only went 3-4, they still had plenty of performances to pay attention to. From starting pitchers performing as well as they have all year to power outbursts from our favorite Canadian outfielder, Jim Piascik and Launching Off With The Aeros takes you through the week that was in Akron.
Fisher Cats starter Yohan Pino and the New Hampshire bullpen combined to hold Akron to just five hits, shutting out the Aeros, 3-0, on Sunday at Canal Park. With the loss, the Aeros lost the series and the final game of their homestand. The series loss was the second on the current homestand. Akron remains in first place in the Eastern League Western Division.
Left fielder Thomas Neal hit his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth and righty Danny Salazar got his first career Double-A win as the Akron Aeros beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 8-3. Salazar (1-0, 3.72), making his second start for the Aeros, pitched five strong innings in his Canal Park debut.
The Aeros split their double header with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, winning the first 7-2 and the second 1-0 Friday night at Canal Park. In game one, the Aeros were led by left fielder Nick Weglarz’s four RBI game and demonstrated a balanced approach at the plate, scattering seven hits and scoring seven runs en route to a 7-2 victory.
Portland shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a homerun in his Double A debut and the Portland pitching staff kept Akron in check for a majority of the night as the Seadogs beat the Aeros 5-3 Thursday night at Canal Park. Portland took two of three from the Aeros in the series and won four of the six games against the Aeros this year.
There are lots of good things happening in the Indians minor league system and this week Tony touches on the hot pitching of late from Jeanmar Gomez and the incredible turnaround by Tony Wolters, has all sorts of comments from the Indians Player Development staff on players at Mahoning Valley, provides injury updates on several players like Tyler Naquin and LeVon Washington, and lots of stuff on Cord Phelps, Paolo Espino, Todd Hankins, Jerrud Sabourin, Jacob Lee, Nelson Rodriguez and more!
Akron starter Paolo Espino pitched his fourth consecutive quality start and catcher Roberto Perez had two run-scoring singles as the Akron Aeros beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 5-1, Wednesday night at Canal Park. Espino (7-2, 3.02) continued to pitch shutdown baseball in the Aeros rotation, allowing just one run.
Double-A Akron outfielder Thomas Neal got off to a slow start this season, but his desire to improve and get better everyday has shown itself this season as his performance has improved as the season has worn on. He has really performed well over the last two months, and Christian Turner had a chance to sit down with him this week to check in and see how things are going.
Portland third baseman Marquez Smith had two runs batted in while four Sea Dogs pitchers combined to throw a four-hitter, as Portland defeated the Akron Aeros, 3-1, Tuesday. Mike MacDonald, Jason Urquidez, Brock Huntzinger and Michael Olmsted kept the Aeros quiet in the series opener at Canal Park, allowing just four hits and one run.
Your Akron Aeros struggled a bit on the road this past week, losing three of five games and falling out of the top spot in the Eastern League. Luckily, the Aeros are still 67-46 and have an 11 game cushion in their quest for the playoffs. So if you can't bear to read more negativity about the big league club, check out Launching Off With The Aeros for more on one of the winning teams in the Indians' organization.
Manchester, NH – The Akron Aeros (67-45) used a five run first inning to take a commanding start all the way to victory against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (43-70) , winning 7-3 at Delta Dental Stadium Friday night.
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