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Aeros defeat Rock Cats 4-3!

6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Tyler Bradley

Day Summary

On June 23, when I arrived at the stadium, I received a press pass with my name on it that would allow me to go into the press box and clubhouse. The first thing I did while I was there was got a tour of the press box. Then I went down and got to meet Chris Perez and see how his shoulder is doing. Then I went into the clubhouse. I got to meet the manager, Mr. Edwin Rodriguez, after the game. I got a chance to talk to him, asked him how Chen-Chang Lee’s arm is due to the surgery he had on his elbow. His response was good it feels more he throws. After the game, I got to meet Matt Packer, and he said the reason he got nine strikeouts was because he could throw the strike balls low. In all, it was a fun experience to have.

Game Summary

The Akron Aeros game’s first pitch was thrown at 2:11 p.m., with Matt Packer on the mound for the Aeros going against New Britain Rock Cats’ Trevor May. Packer’s game ended in the sixth inning; May ended his game in the fifth inning. The first scores in the game were made in the fourth inning, and at the end of the fourth, the score was tied 1-1. Akron took the lead in the sixth inning with a home run by Cedric Hunter, followed by another by Chris Wallace at the end of the sixth inning. The Aeros were up 3-1. The game ended in the ninth, with Akron winning with a score of 4-3.

Chris Perez

After a tour of the press box, I went down to the tunnel and met Indians pitcher Chris Perez. He was in Akron pitching to rehabilitate his shoulder, and he just came off the field when I talked to him. With the little time I got to talk to him, it was about how he did today. Perez said, “Adjustments made in Cleveland were shown today.” When Perez was throwing to rehab his arm on Sunday, he threw 25 pitches. When I got the chance to talk to Greg Hibbard, pitching coach for the Akron Aeros, he said, “Yes, Perez has made a difference in his mechanics.” Now that Perez has had a rehab assignment for his shoulder, the video that was taken during his pitching for the Aeros will be sent to the Indians evaluation staff to decide if he is well enough to return to the Major League.

Editor’s note: The West Side Leader and the Akron Aeros are presenting an opportunity for young, aspiring journalists to see what it’s like to cover a professional baseball team for a day. For every Sunday game through Aug. 25, selected students in fourth through 11th grades will have an opportunity to take part in the West Side Leader’s Journalism Days at Canal Park. To apply for the West Side Leader’s Journalism Days, candidates need to write in 50 words or less why they want to be a reporter for a day and email it to reporter@akronaeros.com, along with their names, address and phone numbers. For more information, call 800-97-AEROS or visit www.akronaeros.com, or see “West Side Leader, Akron Aeros introducing Journalism Day for students” in the archives at www.akron.com.

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