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Daily Recap: 8/30

August 31, 2008
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Hodges sets RBI mark as Aeros win

Wes Hodges launched his 18th home run of the year as part of a 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 4RBI night on Saturday to rally the Aeros from a 5-1 defecit to a 7-5 win over the Erie Seawolves.

Hodges staked the Aeros to a first inning lead for the second night in a row, ripping a double 3 batters into the game to score Josh Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead. The Seawolves tied it up in the bottom of the 2nd against Aeros starter Frank Herrmann before jumping ahead with a 4-run 3rd inning.

Herrmann walked the lead off hitter and errors by Hodges and centerfielder Nathan Panther contributed to the Seawolves taking a 5-1 lead.

The Aeros rally would begin with two-out in the 5th; Josh Rodriguez doubled down the left field line and Bronson Sardinha singled to put runner on the corners. Hodges then dispatched the very next pitch just over the glove of leaping Seawolves CF Casper Wells for his 18th HR of the year and 5th in his last 9 games. The blast gave Hodges 4RBI for the game and 97RBI for the season, surpassing the previous single season mak set by Chan Perry in 1997.

The Aeros would take the lead for good in the 7th; after Nate Panther and Brandon Chaves walked to start the frame, Rodriguez dropped down a sac bunt which was thrown away by Seawolves 3B Santo De Leon allowing both runners to score and move Rodriguezto second. A sacrifice by Sardinha moved him to 3rd where he scored on a wild pitch to put Akron up 7-5.

The rally made a winner out of Herrmann (11-6) who pitched 6 innings allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits with 7Ks. TJ Burton (back from Olympic duty), Erik Stiller and Randy Newsom each worked a scoreless inning to close out the game and give the Aeros their 4th win in their last 5 games. With the scoreless inning, Randy Newsom picked up his 29th save of the year with Akron and 30th of the year combined between AA & AAA.

The Aeros will play game 3 of the 4 game set Sunday night and 6.05pm. RHP JD Martin is scheduled to make the start for Akron.

Santana powers K-Tribe to victory
Carlton Smith picks up league-leading 12th win

Carlos Santana launched his 6th K-Tribe home run of the year (20th overall) and scored 3 runs to lead the Kinston Indians to an 8-5 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and snap a 3 game losing streak.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Santana reached on a 1-out double and scored on a Nick Weglarz RBI single. After the Pelicans had rallied for 2 unearned runs in the 2nd inning the K-Tribe took the lead for good in the 3rd; after Nuiman Romero had lead off the inning with a single Santana deposit a 2-run blast into the seats in right for a 3-2 lead.

The Indians added single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings before adding on 2 in the 7th for an 8-2 lead highlighted by Roman Pena's 2nd HR in the 4th and Cristo Arnals squeeze bunt in the 6th.

The offensive outburst made a winner of Carlton Smith (12-6, 4.37ERA) who worked 5.2 strong innings allowing only 2 unearned runs and recording 7Ks. After Sung-Wei Tseng allowed 3 runs in the 8th to make the game close Josh Tomlin worked a scoreless 9th inning to record his 3rd save.

In other games...

- Bisons win 11-10 in 10 innings. Aaron Laffey struggled again allowing 7ER off 11 hits in 5IP. Preston Larrison (3-4) picked up the win after blowing an 8th inning lead (2IP, 1R). Trevor Crowe (3-for-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 2SB) and Jordan Brown (3-for-6, 2B[30], HR[7], 3RBI) led the offensive charge.

- Captains lose 3-2 in 10 innings to Hagerstown. Chris Archer with a solid start allowing 2R/ER in 6IP with 7K. John Gaub brilliant again with 3 innings of 1-hit relief striking out 6 to give him an even 100Ks on the season (64IP in 34G). Captains lost on a walk-off passed ball by C Adam Davis to make a loser on Garrison Campfield (7-4).

- Scrappers lose 3-1 to Williamsport. Zach Putnam (0-1), making his 2nd pro appearance, allowed 3ER in 3IP to take the loss.

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