Aeros defeat Rock Cats 4-3!
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 better the 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.
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.
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: For more on the South Side News Leader and Akron Aeros’ Journalism Days, see related story below.
South Side News Leader, Akron Aeros introducing Journalism Days for students
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The South Side News 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.
Starting every Sunday now through Aug. 25, selected students in fourth through 11th grades will have an opportunity to take part in the South Side News Leader’s Journalism Days at Canal Park.
One student will be selected each week. Participants and a parent will be provided lunch and personalized credentials to allow them to get a first-hand look at what goes on behind the scenes in the press box during an Aeros game. Students who are selected will have the opportunity to sit with beat reporters in the press box and write their own story that will run in the South Side News Leader.
Before the game, students will be able to take in batting practice from the Aeros’ dugout, and following the game, participants will get to travel down into the Aeros’ clubhouse and conduct their own interviews with manager Edwin Rodriguez and an Aeros player.
To apply for the South Side News 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, along with their names, addresses and phone numbers. Winners will be notified three to seven days before the game date. For more information, call 800-97-AEROS or visit www.akronaeros.com.
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