Game Recap 7/20: Aeros Continue Winning Ways
Second baseman Jason Kipnis homered twice Tuesday night as the Aeros improved to a perfect 6-0 since the All-Star Break with a 10-3 win over the Altoona Curve. Kipnis starred while three other Akron players also hit home runs against Altoona starter Jared Hughes. It was yet another blowout at Canal Park in front of 2,602 fans and a 22-minute rain delay preceded a massive three-homer, seven-run fourth inning. With the win, the Aeros (51-45) are now only 6.5 games behind the first-place Curve (57-38) in the Western Division standings, the smallest margin for Akron since a loss on April 30th.
The offensive outpour began quickly as Kipnis, batting leadoff for the first time in his brief Double-A career, smacked a home run to left-center to start the contest. Rehabbing Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo reached base on a fielding error at second base shortly after, and scored on a two-out RBI double by first baseman Beau Mills.
A rain delay interfered with play in the middle of the second, halting play for just 22 minutes before Altoona responded to tie the score at 2-2 in the third. With two outs against Akron starter Kelvin De La Cruz, the Curve smacked three straight hits including back-to-back RBI knocks from Josh Harrison and Matt Hague.
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then gave the Aeros the lead for good in the bottom half of that third with a one-out solo homer to center. That blast preceded a monster bottom of the fourth for the home team against the