Akron Air Raid: Aeros Sweep Through Reading; Bullpen Continues Dominance
|Kyle Bellows (Photo Credit - Lianna Holub)|
Akron is now in fourth, but still remain seven games back of first.
It was an excellent week for the bullpen as you will see and aside from two starts that got a tad bit out of control, the starters contributed as well. What's encouraging is the two games where the offense busted out to score 10 and 12 runs.
Perhaps the anemic offense that was plaguing the Aeros earlier this season is starting to find it's cures. Hopefully they can overcome the promotion of their best hitter.
The star was closer Cory Burns, who picked up a win and a pair of saves with just one hit against him. He didn't walk a hitter and struck out two. Looks like the Cory Burns of early season has returned.
With CC Lee promoted, the Indians called up Tyler Sturdevant from Kinston to Akron and he is fitting in just fine. Sturdevant did allow baserunners, but as far as letting up runs, he was good in two innings against Reading.
Known more for his glove, Kyle Bellows has been proving that with his .199 average this season. Bellows though has been able to boost that up in the past few weeks, especially this past one. The third baseman was 9-for-23, with three doubles and three RBI. He scored six times only whiffed twice. Good to see Bellows find a way to contribute with the stick.
Pushed into action with a recently inactive Chun Chen, Juan Apodaca has contributed offensively. Going 4-14 with three doubles, and three walks, Apodaca has held his own. The veteran backstop hasn't played this much all year, but is making the most of his recent run of starts.
The week though belonged to Jordan Henry, who looks like he may have received a transfer of the magical hitting powers that Tim Fedroff possessed. Henry was 12-for-25 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Henry is hitting .266 on the season, a far cry from his .312 average in 2010. But he is still getting on base at a great rate with a .379 on-base percentage.
4-14, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K
9-23, 3 2B, 3 RBI 6 R, 2 K
7-26, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 9 K
12-25, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
9-20, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K
7-23, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K
5-17, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K
1-16, 1 2B, 3 R, 6 BB, 5 K
The shakeup enabled the Aeros to gain Kinston's Tyler Sturdevant to replace Lee. Sturdevant comes up from Carolina having gone 4-2 in 21 appearances with a 1.98 in 41 innings. He struck out 44 hitters and walked just eight hitters. A great season thus far for Sturdevant.