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Aeros took the Phillies into extra innings Wednesday night, but could not pull
out the win as they dropped a 3-2 decision on the road. Both starting pitchers
allowed two-run home runs, but remained solid otherwise in front of the 6,001
in attendance at FirstEnergy Stadium. Akron fell
to 63-59 while Reading
improved to 59-62.
scoring began in the top of the fourth inning when designated hitter Jerad Head
extended his hit streak to 16 games with a two-run home run over the left field
fence, scoring second baseman Jason Kipnis, who reached on a walk.
R-Phils tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Spidale singled
to left field and Tagg Bozied hit his third home run of the series to even the
score 2-2. After three shutout innings by both teams, Reading scored the deciding run when John
Suomi scored after a fielding error by first baseman Beau Mills and a throwing
error by Kipnis.
Akron‘s starting pitcher
Scott Barnes earned a no decision despite limiting the Phillies to just two
runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked one over six strong innings.
Closer Omar Aguilar (2-5) was tagged with the loss on an unearned run with one
out in the 10th.
starter J.C. Ramirez also took a no decision in allowing two runs on five hits,
while striking out six and walking two over six innings. Jason Anderson (1-5) earned
the win in giving up just one hit while fanning one and walking one in an
inning of work.
Aeros look to avoid the sweep Thursday night when lefty Kelvin De La Cruz (4-6,
4.98 ERA) takes the mound against the Phillies’ Austin Hyatt (0-0, 1.87 ERA). Join Ken Carman 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.