MINOR MATTERS, April 10
Dan Denham
Dan Denham
Indians Ink
Posted Apr 10, 2005


Three Akron pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout Sunday as the Aeros defeated the Binghamton Mets, 9-0, at Canal Park in Akron.


Elsewhere, Ryan Garko's homer helped Buffalo defeat Richmond, 7-3, in the Class AAA International League; Billy Traber was the winner as Kinston edged Winston-Salem, 5-4, in the Class A Carolina League; and Lake County's Chris Niesel and two others combined on a five-hit, 5-0 win at Lakewood in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Dan Denham allowed one hit, a single by second baseman Aaron Baldriris, over 5 2/3 innings for Akron. The right-hander walked one and struck out three.

Steve Green struck out two in 2 1/3 perfect innings and Victor Kleine worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the Aeros.

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez homered and drove in two runs; catcher Javier Herrera went 3-for-4; and outfielder Jose Morban and second baseman Eider Torres each had two hits for Akron.

In Buffalo, catcher Garko hit a three-run homer and RBI single to lead the Bisons. Ernie Young also had two hits for the Bisons, while Steve Watkins got the win with relief help from Chad Zerbe and Jake Robbins.

At Kinston, Traber continued his rehab from arm surgery of two years ago by getting the win with relief by Dan Eisentrager and Ed Mujica, who got his first save.

Outfielder Brad Snyder and first baseman Ryan Mulhern each went 2-for-4 and Snyder and outfielder Ryan Goleski each scored twice for the K-Tribe.

Lake County won as second baseman Marshall Szabo (3-for-5), first baseman Fernando Pacheco (3-for-4) and outfielders Mike Butia and Jose Constanza (each 2-for-4) sparked the offense.

Niesel allowed three hits and struck out eight without issuing a walk. Mike Hernandez allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four and Matt Knox finished up, allowing one hit and getting the Captains' 13th strikeout of the day.


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