Akron Air Raid: Aeros Hit Season High; Struggle Against Erie
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One who hasn't struggled at all is closer Cory Burns, who picked up two more saves and even a win over the course of the past week. He pitched three innings and surrendered two walks, but struck out four. He is the Eastern League saves leader with 21.
Adam Miller has also been good, as he notched a save of his own and pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Bryan Price also picked up a win while newbie Tyler Sturdevant also won a game, but blew a game and took the loss in giving up five runs in the series against Erie.
Copeland's production has been that of a one-man-wrecking crew, and he was at it again last night on the Fourth of July. He knocked in three more runs and was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored.
He'a also had some help though. Kyle Bellows scored five runs off seven hits, and Jordan Henry four off nine hits and six walks, a total on-base machine. But another free agent addition, Michel Hernandez, has jumped right in and produced. Hernandez is 6-for-11 since arriving in Akron with four RBI and pair of walks.
Nick Weglarz had quite the series not being retired a single time in two games against Bowie and when the week was over, had totaled nine walks. He ended up scoring seven runs and knocking in three. It may be just about time he gets a call back to Columbus.
6-24, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K
4-8, 4 RBI, 2 BB
4-12, 1 RBI, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K
7-20, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Donnie Webb was called up today to Columbus. No word on who will replace him on the roster, but John Drennen's suspension is close to being up. In fact, he should be eligible to return for the series against Erie. That is still three days away though.
Zach McAllister is likely to be promoted from Columbus to Cleveland. It may only be for one start, so we may not see Drew Pomeranz quite yet, but then again, you never know.
Last Monday, the Aeros had a season high seven doubles in one game against Bowie. It also set the season high for most extra-base hits with 11 and in addition to that, walked 12 times, also a season high.
Congratulations go out to Austin Adamas, Juan Diaz, and catcher Chun Chen for making the Double-A All-Star squad. The three Aeros will represent the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game.
You have to believe Tim Fedroff and Matt McBride were likely additions had they not just been promoted. But the three selected for the Aeros are certainly deserving. Chen is third amount Eastern League catchers in RBI, and Diaz is second among shortstop in RBI. Adams is eighth among Eastern League starters in strikeouts.
I have one question though... Where's Cory Burns? The Eastern League leader in saves should probably be on the All-Star team, considering they take anyone and everyone who's having a decent season. For what justifiably reason did they snub one of the more deserving candidates from the best part of the Aeros' team, the bullpen? He leads the league in saves, so there is no overlooking him. Puzzling if you ask me.
In the Garage
As mentioned there has been a rash of injuries to the catchers in both the Triple-A and Double-A level. First up, a Chun Chen update. Chen is suffering from back spasms, but the Aeros did not place him on the disabled list and he made his return in the series against Erie, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk.
Either Padron or Hernandez may stick around for awhile though as the injury to Juan Apodaca will keep him out for an extended period of time. Apodaca suffered a broken toe and is likely to miss a few weeks, perhaps more than that.