Recap 08/12: Aeros Rally in Ninth, Defeat Reading 3-2

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros walked off with a 3-2 victory over the Reading Phillies Thursday
night, utilizing a two-run ninth inning to end another losing streak. First
baseman Beau Mills finished the comeback with a run-scoring fielder’s choice to
help Akron avoid the three-game series sweep in front of 2,125 Thirsty Thursday
fans at Canal Park. With the win, the fourth-place Aeros improved to 59-57
while the R-Phils fell to 57-59 this season.

Reading
struck first against Akron starting pitcher Scott Barnes in the top of the
second inning. Designated hitter Tagg Bozied began the frame with a towering
home run next to the Miller Lite sign in dead center field, giving the Phillies
a quick 1-0 lead.

The
hosts responded in the next frame against Reading’s Austin Hyatt who was making
his Double-A debut. New catcher Juan Apodaca walked with one out, center
fielder Jordan Henry also drew a free pass two batters later after Hyatt’s fourth
strikeout. Kipnis followed and tied the score with a clutch two-out RBI single
to right field.

Barnes
cruised through the remainder of his six innings pitched before the R-Phils
rallied against reliever Connor Graham in the seventh. Cody Overbeck hit a
leadoff double to right and scored after a pair of sacrifices to give the visitors
the one-run advantage again.

Trailing
and on the verge of yet another loss, the Aeros concluded their comeback
victory in the dramatic bottom of the ninth inning. Closer Sergio Escalona walked
Henry with one out and Kipnis recorded an infield single off the glove of first
baseman Kevin Nelson. Chisenhall followed with an RBI seeing-eye single to
right and Kipnis safely slid under the throw to the plate to end the contest on
the grounder to first base by Mills.

Akron’s
Bryan Price (5-3) earned the victory with a perfect top of the ninth inning and
Escalona (2-7) blew his sixth save of the season in taking the loss. Barnes
recorded his sixth quality start in eight outings despite the no-decision,
permitting just two hits in his six innings pitched. The left-hander struck out
five batters against three walks and the lone run on Bozied’s homer as he now
has a 3.19 ERA in his past 12 games since June 9th.

Kipnis
led the Aeros offense in finishing 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, a run
scored and an RBI to increase his batting average to .332 in Double-A. The home
team rallied to score twice in the ninth after entering the game with a .138
(5-for-58) average with runners in scoring position in their previous eight
contests.

The
best fireworks spectacular in Ohio returns to Canal Park Friday at 7:05 p.m. as
the Aeros start a three-game series against the New Britain Rock Cats. The Wing
Warehouse sponsors this week’s fireworks, one of only three remaining shows
this season.

Akron
left-hander Kelvin De la Cruz (4-6, 4.54 ERA) will start in the contest against
Deolis Guerra (2-8, 5.78 ERA) of the last-place Rock Cats of the Eastern
Division. Join Jim Clark for Friday 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 Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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