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seven-run eighth inning rally highlighted a 15-10 victory for the Aeros as they
avoided a sweep by the Reading Phillies Thursday night. Every Aeros player scored
as the team improved to 64-59, while Reading
dropped to 59-63. The R-Phils led by as many as five runs before Akron scored
13 runs in the fifth through the eighth inning to secure the win. The Aeros’ 15
runs set a season-high record for most runs in a game.
fielder Jerad Head started the high-scoring affair with a two-run home run in
the opening frame to extend his hit streak to 17 games. But the lead didn’t
last long as Tagg Bozied doubled in two runs in the bottom of the inning. Reading then took control
in the third inning with a five-run frame to push its lead to 7-2.
came alive in the fifth when third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in two runs
of his own. Head followed with his second two-run round tripper to pull the
Aeros within a run, 7-6, marking his fourth home run in three days.
Aeros regained the lead, albeit shortly, with shortstop Carlos Rivero’s home
run and center fielder Jordan Henry’s RBI single that scored catcher Miguel
Perez. However, Reading
came back with two runs to equalize the inning. The hosts added another run in
the seventh to make the score 10-8.
bats remained hot for Akron
in the eighth, as they scored seven runs for the fifth time in an inning this
season. Henry lit up the scoreboard first with a two-RBI single that scored
left fielder Tim Fedroff and designated hitter Lucas Montero. Henry advanced to
third on a fielding error during the play. A Chisenhall single scored Henry
while moving second baseman Jason Kipnis, who reached on a walk, to second.
Head and first baseman Beau Mills both walked to score Kipnis. The final blow
came on Rivero’s bases-clearing double to cap his four RBI night.
Price earned the win for the Aeros and improved to 6-3. The right-handed
reliever allowed one run on three hits and struck out one over two innings. The
Phillies’ Matt German (1-2) took the loss with his fourth blown save of the
Bowie and Harrisburg
both losing Thursday night, Akron
now stands equally with the Senators, just one game back of the Baysox for the Western
Division wild card. On Friday, the Aeros return to Canal Park for another
Fireworks Friday, this one sponsored by Pizza Hut. Alex White (7-6, 2.39 ERA) will head to the
mound for the Aeros to take on Harrisburg’s Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.25) in
arguably Akron’s most important series so far this season. Join Jim Clark for Friday’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.