May 23, 2009
Ryan Edell, who despite good numbers and being a high draft pick for the Indians, was 26 this year and starting for Akron. Though he was still considered something of a prospect, it’s a little obvious his age was a bit too advances for the level. He put the Akron Aeros in a 3-0 hole to the Erie SeaWolves in the first inning to Alex Avila.
Edell only gave up one more run over the next three innings, which at least bought some time for Akron’s offense to mount a comeback.
Matt McBride and Nick Weglarz drove in a run each in the fourth while Carlos Santana doubled in two more in the fifth, and McBride drove in another to give the Aeros a 5-4 lead.
The SeaWolves, however, came up with two runs in the sixth – one being a solo homer by Avila off of Erik Stiller (an undrafted FA from Princeton).
The Aeros hitters managed to get the Tiger off the hook from a loss to the Tigers farmhands thanks to a Welgarz single to drive in McBride and tie the game in the eighth.
In the ninth, Jared Head and Jose Constanza worked back to back, one out walks. Carlos Rivero grounded out and left it up to Beau Mills, who singled in Head to win on a walkoff at Canal Park, 6-5.
Future big league arms Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano tossed scoreless innings to allow the comeback with Pestano grabbing the win.
2009 was Mills’ first taste of Double-A, and he struggled in the first half before rebounding in the second. He was 23 in 2009 and ended up toiling for three years in Double-A before he fell out of the Indians system. Beau is of course the son of Indians bench coach, Brad Mills and was a first round pick by the Indians in 2007.