Winners of the local Soap Box Derby races are in Akron this week competing for the national crown. Most of the Derby racers were in attendance watching the Aeros take on the Altoona Curve adding to the fun and excitement of their visit to Akron.
The Aeros also had a “Ship out LeBron” promotion Monday night where any LeBron James jersey or other apparel could be traded in for a general admission ticket. The Aeros, in turn, would donate the garments to Haiti and other third world countries that have experienced recent catastrophes. 157 people took advantage of the promotion and brought in over 200 garments.
The 3,700 fans in attendance also got to witness, pun intended, the Aeros continue their offensive hot streak and Alex White’s dominant pitching. Alex White held the Eastern League-leading Altoona Curve to one run in seven innings while the Akron batters banged out 10 hits against Rudy Owens, an Eastern League All-Star.
Matt McBride and Jason Kipnis combined for half of Akron’s 12 hits. Matt McBride continued his torrid hitting by going 3 for 4 with a solo home run, his 15th of the year, and Jason Kipnis went 3 for 3. Asdrubal Cabrera was 2 for 4 while Shin-Soo Choo was 1 for 3 while rehabbing in Akron.
Altoona scored their only run on a wild pitch by Alex White in the fifth inning. In an act of redemption, Alex snared a line drive hit right to him for the second out of the seventh inning. Connor Graham came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning and Omar Aguilar sealed the victory by holding Altoona scoreless in the ninth.
The 4-1 victory was Akron’s fifth straight win and eighth in the last 10 games. During the five-game winning streak Akron has totaled an impressive 35 runs and 66 hits. The pitching has also been stellar, only giving up 10 runs and 31 hits during the streak.