August 23, 2007 Akron Aeros

Today, the way back machine has chosen an Akron Aeros game from 2007 featuring a ton of players, who at the time, we believed to be top prospects. Scott Lewis made the start and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out five over the first three innings. Zack Segovia of the Reading Phillies was equally effective during the first two innings, but the Aeros were able to grab the lead in the top of the third.

Trevor Crowe started it out with a one out single, then scored on a Brandon Pinckney double. While it looked like more could be coming as Jordan Brown walked and the bases were loaded on a Michael Aubrey single, the Phillies would quickly end the threat with a rare 1-2-3 double play.

In the fourth, Akron had another shot. Stephen Head and Argenis Reyes walked around a David Wallace single to load the bases. Crowe then had another single to keep them loaded, then Pinckney doubled to score two. Crowe was out at home on the play, but the Aeros still managed to score a few more as Brown singled home Pinckney and Aubrey homered home Brown.

Michael Costanzo lead off the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot for the Phils to kill Lewis’ shut out, but he managed to keep them to one despite a single and passed ball thanks to two strike outs. He struck out another in a perfect fifth, then went 1-2-3 in the sixth as well before being pulled. The Aeros had runners reach in both the fifth and the sixth, but didn’t score. The first hit was a Stephen Head double and the second was a Crowe single, but for the second time he was caught out on the bases as he was out going for a double.

They did get a pair around the bases in the seventh when Aubrey hit his second home run of the game then the Aeros had a pair of doubles by Rodney Choy-Foo and Head for the second run. Randy Newsome replaced Lewis and had a rocky, but scoreless inning. Jeffrey Stevens came in for the eighth and gave up a considerable part of the 9-1 lead.

After the first two hitters reached via single, he retired the next two without the runners advancing. After walking the next batter to load the bases, Joey Hammond hit a bases clearing triple to push the score to 9-4. Jim Ed Wardan replaced him in the ninth and allowed the first three hitters to reach via single. A ground out and a Costanzo single brought home two runs, but the final two batters were retired in order to keep the lead and the 9-4 Aeros win intact.

The Aeros would ultimately finish the season 1.5 games behind the Erie Seawolves in the Eastern League South Division, but the Aeros would beat the Seawolves in the first round of the play-offs before losing in the championship round. While there was a ton of potential in this line-up, the most successful for the Indians was Crowe, who played 265 games in the big leagues, but accrued just a 0.2 WAR. Aubrey, who hit two home runs in this game, would go on to hit two home runs in 15 games for the Indians the following season, then four more in 31 games with the Orioles in 2009, his final big league season.

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