May 6, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - Akron RubberDucks
AKRON, OH - The Aeros offense has shown life over the past few home games but it was their bullpen that struggled Thursday afternoon at Canal Park during the second Education Day of the season at Canal Park which hosted 7,740 screaming schoolchildren who were all ready for an Aeros win. The Aeros were going for the series win on Thursday at Canal Park but the Thunder seemed to have other plans. The Aeros will send out starting pitch Paolo Espino in hopes of getting back into the win column on Friday night in Reading. Espino will be matched up against Reading starting pitcher Phillippe Aumont who is 1-1 on the season with a 4.63 ERA.
Thursday\'s game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Reid Gorecki drew a walk off the starting pitcher and then stole both second and third base put the Thunder in a very nice situation. Catcher Jose Gil came to the plate with two guys in scoring position . The Aeros offense continued to stay hot against the Thunder, plating a run in the fourth, fifth and six innings leaving the Aeros up by a score of 3-2. Cord Phelps, who was leading the Eastern League in batting average, went 0-5 on the day, leaving six people stranded on base.
Trenton answered back with three runs in the seventh inning off relievers Omar Aguilar and Steven Wright. Omar Aguilar is tied for fourth on the team in strikeouts with 18. David Adams\' RBI single would allow Thunder infielder Justin Snyder to score, followed by a Brandon Laird single off Steven Wright which scored two runs leaving the score at 5-3 hit a two-run single off Wright to give the Thunder a 5-3 lead. Edwar Gonzalez came around to score from third base on a sacrifice fly by Luis Nunez in the eighth inning giving the Thunder a 6-3 leading heading into the bottom of the eighth inning .
Scott Barnes had one of his best outing of the season in the finale at Canal Park. He tied his season high in innings pitched five strong innings of baseball, allowing two hits on two runs while walking three and striking out eight batters. The Aeros bullpen had another shaky performance, allowing four runs in three and a third innings of work. Matt McBride led the way offensively, finishing 2-4 on the afternoon. Cord Phelps still currently leads the Eastern League with an impressive .374 batting average through 24 games.
The Aeros are now going to play their next six games away from Canal Park. They will
depart for a three-game series with the Reading Phillies, then have plans to travel over
to Erie for another three-game series before returning home on Thursday May 13. Don\'t
miss out on another great Thirsty Thursday at Canal Park, where all 12 oz. draft beer
and sodas will be just $1.00 through the seventh inning. Don\'t miss any of the
broadcasts while the team is on the road, listen to Ken Carman broadcast the game on
SportsRadio 1350 WARF-AM and online at www.akronaeros.com. The Aeros next
game will be Friday night in Reading with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Aeros
return to Canal Park for a four-game homestand May 13-16. For more information,
please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.