July 24, 2014

Aerodynamics: Catching up with the Double-A Akron Aeros 7/24/10

Seven straight wins started the second half of the 2010 season for the Akron Aeros and moved the team into a great position for a playoff run. After continuing to dominate the last-place Erie SeaWolves for four contests, the Aeros then also swept the first-place Altoona Curve to move to only 5.5 games behind the division lead. This is the lowest margin for the team since mid-April while the seven games above .500 was also a season high. Led by many of the top young prospects in the Indians system such as Alex White, Jason Kipnis (pictured to the right) and others, this is a dangerous team that could continue to improve as the summer progresses.

The Aeros return home again Monday night for the start of a seven-game home stand. There are many specials going on from Christmas in July Tuesday to Tropical Beach Night Thirsty Thursday and Fireworks Friday Kids Cancer Survivors Celebration. Join the team at Canal Park for yet another exciting summer of Double-A baseball.

Last 10 Days: 7-2
Current Record: 52-47, 3rd place (of six) in the Eastern League’s Western Division

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Cleveland Sports Blog Outing Game Preview – Akron Aeros vs. Erie SeaWolves

For the second year in a row, many of your favorite WFNY writers will gather at an Akron Aeros game for a classic Thirsty Thursday at Canal Park. The contest starts tonight at 7:05 pm against the Erie SeaWolves, Akron’s closest rival in the Eastern League. Scott, Rick, Craig, Brendan and new WFNY weekend editor Brendan Bowers from Stepien Rules are all expected to be on hand along with our blogging friends from Cleveland FrownsScene ’64 and Counting, Land Loyalty and the Orange and Brown Report.

Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will be starting for Akron tonight as he continues his rehab assignment from his fractured left forearm. Tonight is also affiliates night at Canal Park, featuring many of the top mascots in the Indians organization in the Progressive Field hot dogs, Slider, Lou Seal, Krash, Skipper and Scrappy. Thirsty Thursday then means that 12-oz. soft drinks and draft beer are only $1 until the end of the seventh inning.

So join WFNY and others for tonight’s contest in downtown Akron. Feel free to join us at the contest at Canal Park and more info about tonight’s Aeros game is below the jump:

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Aerodynamics: Catching up with the Double-A Akron Aeros 7/14/10

Tonight is the Eastern League All-Star Break as the Aeros enjoy their second day off in a row in the middle of the 2010 season. After a mediocre past week and a half, Akron remains right at .500 for the season and still just 2.5 games behind second-place Bowie. The team is in position to compete for a playoff spot again this year and the fun restarts Thursday night against the Erie SeaWolves at Canal Park. Join WFNY for the annual Cleveland Sports Blog Outing as Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrara continues his rehab assignment on affiliates night and another Thirsty Thursday.

Last 10 Days: 5-5
Current Record: 45-45, 3rd place (of six) in the Eastern League’s Western Division [Read more...]

Aerodynamics: Catching up with the Double-A Akron Aeros 7/3/10

Cleveland’s five-game winning streak ended last night as their Double-A affiliate won their fourth consecutive game. The Akron Aeros smacked a season-high four home runs in their 9-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox, moving to only 2.5 games behind Bowie for the second-place wild card spot in the Western Division.

Back at .500 now for the year, the Aeros are certainly in a solid position to make another run at the playoffs. One of the most surprising stories of the week in causing this recent winning streak is the power burst of OF Matt McBride, who actually played first base for nearly a month while 1B Beau Mills was on the disabled list. McBride has six homers already this week, including three Thursday night alone, and is having an amazing season in games played on the road.

Last 10 Days: 6-4
Current Record: 40-40, 3rd place (of six) in the Eastern League’s Western Division

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Aerodynamics: Akron Ties Franchise Record with 11th Straight Win Friday

As a reminder, I’ll be serving this summer as the media relations director for the Akron Aeros. I presented my first update earlier in the week and will be writing many more articles in the future from the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

The best team in Northeast Ohio continues to fight through adversity here in 2010. Fresh off a 2009 Eastern League Championship, the Akron Aeros are now red-hot and in the driver’s seat for another playoff run this year.

After starting just 8-16 on the season, the Aeros won again Friday night to improve to 31-30 with an 11th consecutive victory. The win over the visiting Portland Sea Dogs of the Boston Red Sox organization tied a franchise record for longest winning streak. The previous mark was set in 2002 when the team finished with the best record in professional baseball at 93-48.

Following the jump, take a look at who led Akron’s comeback victory last night at Canal Park as well as read about some of the notable performers recently for the team.

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Aerodynamics: Catching up with the Double-A Akron Aeros 6/9/10

I chronicled the 2009 Eastern League Championship run by the Akron Aeros while serving as a media relations intern last season. This year, I returned to Canal Park three weeks ago as the new media relations director and am serving up my first 2010 report from Akron today. Enjoy folks.

If there is one NE Ohio team that has been consistently dominant in over the past decade, it is certainly the Akron Aeros. Winners of the three of the last six Eastern League Championships as well as five straight pennants, the Aeros are a minor league powerhouse. The 2010 baseball season however, did not begin in fairy tale fashion.

It was initially refreshing to see the squad jump out to a 5-1 start, but the youngsters crashed down immediately afterwards. Before you could even blink, the team lost 15 of 18 games and fell deep into the Eastern League cellar. After a mediocre few weeks of baseball, Akron is now surging again after a dramatic eighth straight win Tuesday night at Canal Park.

This Month: 7-0
Current Record: 28-30, T-4th place (of six) in Eastern League’s Western Division
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RF John Drennen Delivers in Double-A

drennenRemember this guy? The Lake County outfielder who homered off Roger Clemens when the 7-time Cy Young winner was rehabbing for the Lexington Legends? That one guy who was mentioned in the 2008 book entitled Facing Clemens just because of one swing of the bat against a future MLB Hall of Famer?

Well the 2005 supplemental first-rounder out of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, CA is back in the spotlight again here in 2009. His recent outburst with the Akron Aeros is three years in the making, but the clock is still ticking on the 22-year-old who seems to be rejuvenated by his recent stint in Double-A. This season, Drennen began the year with Akron but struggled and hit only .191 in his first 21 games with 1 home run and 10 RBI. He was sent back down to Kinston May 12th, the fourth straight season he had appeared for the K-Tribe.

The record for most games played for the Indians Carolina League affiliate is 383 by Rodney Choy Foo, and Drennen was close to approaching that number last month. In 17 more games for Kinston which brought his career total officially up to 296, the 5’11” right fielder batted .270 with a much improved .395 on-base percentage. [Read more...]