Recap 07/24: White Dazzles Again, Aeros Beat Phillies 12-1

READING,
PA – Starter Alex White pitched seven efficient innings Saturday night to lead
the Aeros to a 12-1 victory at First Energy Stadium against the Reading Phillies.
Akron smacked three home runs on the night and 17 hits total, snapping
back-to-back defeats at the hand of the Phillies this weekend. A crowd of 6,765
fans witnessed the Aeros (53-47) score early and often en route to remaining
only one-half game behind the Bowie Baysox for the second place wild card spot
in the Western Division while Reading is now 49-50.

First
baseman Beau Mills starred early for Akron as he drew a leadoff walk in the
second inning against Phillies starter Yohan Flande. Mills eventually scored on
a fielder’s choice before a monster bottom of the third for the road team. The
Aeros scored five runs in that frame, all with no outs, and started with a
double and three singles. Mills then brought home three more runs with a homer
to right, providing for the early 6-0 advantage.

White
cruised in the meantime, finally allowing the Phillies to score their lone run
in the bottom of the fourth. Timo Perez plated Michael Spidale on the RBI single,
but Akron maintained the six-run edge with another score in the fifth. Designated
hitter Matt McBride doubled to begin the frame while both shortstop Carlos
Rivero and left fielder John Drennen singled to bring home the run.

The
blowout continued in the sixth when center fielder Jordan Henry walked and second
baseman Jason Kipnis singled to end Flande’s night. An error by second baseman
Harold Garcia then plated Henry while McBride’s sacrifice fly made it an
eight-run game.

Aeros
right fielder Jerad Head then extended the lead yet again with a leadoff home
run in the top of the seventh. White finished after the seventh right before
Drennen delivered the evening’s final blow with a two-run, two-out home run in
the eighth.

White
(6-4) earned the win with his sixth consecutive quality start, striking out
seven batters against one run on eight hits. The 21-year-old now has a 1.48 ERA
in 12 Eastern League starts and he has allowed just four earned runs over these
last six outings. Flande (7-7) took the loss in permitting nine runs (eight
earned) on 12 hits in five frames while relievers Rob Bryson and Chen-Chang Lee
shutout the Phillies in the final two innings.

Nine
of the 10 Akron batters collected a hit on the night while six finished with
multi-hit performances. McBride was the only to finish with three base knocks
while also scoring three times and driving in a pair of runs. Drennen and Mills
each had three RBI in the victory while both homered for the eighth time this
season.

The
Aeros hope to manage a four-game split in this weekend series in Sunday
afternoon’s finale at 1:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium. Akron left-hander
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will look for his third win in three second
half starts against a currently unannounced Reading starter. Join long-time
Aeros broadcaster Jim Clark for Sunday afternoon’s radio broadcast beginning at
12:50 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.

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