Recap 08/11: R-Phils Hold On For 7-6 Victory over Aeros

AKRON,
OH – The visiting Reading Phillies scored seven runs in a chaotic second inning
and survived a vicious Aeros comeback for a 7-6 win at Canal Park Wednesday
night. Cleveland Indians starter Anthony Reyes walked the first five batters in
that second in his new rehab assignment as the Phillies won despite being
out-hit 10 to four. Reading improved to 57-58 while the Aeros fell to 58-57 on
the season, still trailing the second-place Bowie Baysox by 4.5 games in the
Western Division wild card race.

Reyes
retired the side in the top of the first, only needing 11 pitches before
struggling with his control in the second. The first five batters of that frame
walked and Reyes threw three wild pitches to provide for a quick 2-0 deficit.
Freddy Galvis then recorded an RBI single and Michael Spidale drew another free
pass to knock the Akron starter out of the game.

Left-hander
Matt Packer relieved Reyes and allowed all three inherited runners to score on
a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and a run-scoring double. That would be all the
damage done against Packer and the Aeros offense responded in the bottom of
that second.

Shortstop
Carlos Rivero smashed a two-run home run to left field to score right fielder John
Drennen and left fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a single to center. After
two more walks by Reading starter J.C. Ramirez and a groundout, second baseman
Jason Kipnis lofted a ground-rule double over the left field wall to cut the
margin to 7-4.

Drennen
again singled against Ramirez to start the third and two straight fly outs
followed that nearly ended the rally. Catcher Juan Apodaca then smashed a 1-1
offering into the canal in left for a two-run homer of his own to bring the
deficit to just a single run.

That
would be all of the scoring on the night as both bullpens dominated for the
remaining six innings. Akron stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and a
failed double steal turned into a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end
the bottom of the seventh inning.

Phillies
reliever Chance Chapman (2-2) replaced Ramirez and provided 2.2 scoreless
innings to earn the victory. Reyes (0-2) took the loss in allowing seven runs
in one plus inning with six walks and a hit, raising his ERA to 25.41 in his
three appearances for the Aeros this season. Packer then dominated in relief,
shutting Reading out for seven frames to and he still leads full-season MiLB
with a 1.48 ERA this year.

Drennen
finished 3-for-5 with a double while Rivero’s home run was his fifth of the
season. Apodaca starred in collecting his third homer in the Eastern League in
2010, his first in Akron, along with a walk and several impressive plays behind
the plate.

Reading
aims for the three-game series sweep in the finale Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.
at Canal Park against the Aeros. It is another Thirsty Thursday at the stadium
with fans able to enjoy $1 12-oz. soft drinks and draft beer through the end of
the seventh inning. There
will also be a special guest appearance and autographs at the game from NABA
U.S Heavyweight Champion and Akron’s own Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha.

Left-hander Scott Barnes (6-8, 4.83 ERA) hopes to end the recent Aeros
struggles against recently promoted Austin Hyatt of the Phillies. Join Jim
Clark for Thursday’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.

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