PA – Phillies first baseman Kevin Mahar continued his domination of the Akron
Aeros this series with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth
inning to give Reading a 7-6 victory Friday night. The run came after the Aeros
tied the score on a Jerad Head single in the top half of the inning and gave
the hosts Phillies their second straight victory in front of a crowd of 8,902
fans at First Energy Stadium. Akron dropped to 52-47 this year with the loss
while Reading improved to 49-49 and 6-3 against the Aeros.
game started with a bang for Akron against Phillies spot-starter John Ennis.
The right-hander allowed back-to-back singles to start the game against Tim
Fedroff and Jerad Head before finally forcing an out on a fielder’s choice. Designated
hitter Matt McBride then unloaded on a 3-1 pitch, smacking a three-run homer to
provide for the quick lead.
responded in the second as Mahar began his night with a one-out double.
Recently signed Timo Perez then collected the RBI on a single before the Aeros
extended the advantage to 4-1 in the top of the third. Jason Kipnis drew a
walk, advanced to third on a pickoff error by Ennis and then scored on a double
from first baseman Beau Mills.
lead did not last for long as the Phillies then scored five runs in the bottom
of the fourth. Matt Rizzotti began the rally with a leadoff homer, Mahar scored
on a single from John Suomi and Harold Garcia capped the frame with a
bases-clearing two-out triple.
Akron trailing by two runs, left fielder Tim Fedroff helped the Aeros cut the
deficit in half against reliever Matt German in the seventh. Fedroff smacked
just his second home run of the season with one out in the frame, preceding a
wild ninth inning.
the top half, Akron third baseman Cristo Arnal drew a walk and center fielder Jordan
Henry singled to start a rally. After the second out, the right fielder Head
tied the score at 6-6 with a clutch RBI single to center. Unfortunately, the Phillies
began the bottom half with two walks and a bunt single before Mahar ended the
game on his walk-off single.
Escalona (2-6) blew the save for Reading yet earned the win in allowing one run
during the top of the ninth inning. Aeros closer Omar Aguilar (1-3) took the
loss without even recording an out on two walks and two singles. Left-hander Scott
Barnes struggled in the start for Akron, allowing the first six runs on 10 hits
in his six innings pitched.
home run stood out on the night offensively as he extended his road on-base
streak to 43 straight games while launching his team-leading 16th
homer. Fedroff, Head and Mills each collected two hits as well Mahar was the
best player, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles and the walk-off RBI after
hitting a home run the night before.
quick four-game road trip continues at First Energy Stadium in Reading at 7:05
p.m. Saturday night. Red-hot Alex White (5-4, 1.50 ERA) looks for his sixth
consecutive quality start in the Eastern League for Akron against Reading
left-hander Yohan Flande (7-6, 3.98 ERA). Join long-time Aeros broadcaster Jim
Clark for Saturday night’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports
1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For
more information, please call the Akron Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.