READING- After playing 11 innings of baseball last night, the Aeros and Fighting Phils followed up with ten more innings, as Akron defeated Reading 7-6.
Reading started quickly, taking advantage of Aeros’ errors in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead.
Centerfielder Tyson Gillies got the Fighting Phils going with a single to start the afternoon. He was quickly moved over on a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Edgar Duran. Right fielder Derrick Mitchell then reached on an error by Aeros shortstop Ronny Rodriguez, which also scored Gillies, giving the Phillies the first run of the afternoon.
Akron struck back in the top of the fourth.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar blasted a solo shot, tying the game at 1-1. Right fielder Carlos Moncrief doubled, then came into score after catcher Roberto Perez singled, giving the Aeros a 2-1 lead.
Derrick Mitchell tied the game for Fighting Phils with a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth, but the Aeros got back the lead again in the fifth.
Second baseman Jose Ramirez jump started the inning when he reached on an error. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Sebastian Valle. Centerfielder Tyler Holt brought in Ramirez on a sac fly, and the Aeros went up 3-2.
Reading would answer yet again in the bottom of the inning.
Designated hitter Cameron Rupp walked to start the rally for Reading. He was followed by Valle, who doubled and moved Rupp to third on the extra-base hit. With men on second and third, left fielder Miguel Abreu hit a single that scored Rupp and tied the game at 3-3. After second baseman Troy Hanzanawa moved Abreu and Valle over thanks to a sacrifice bunt, Gillies singled and brought both runners home. The Fighting Phils took the lead, 5-3.
Following suit, Akron added a run in the top of the sixth.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar started the inning with a walk and Moncrief then singled, giving the Aeros two on and none out. After Phils starter Hector Neris was pulled from the game, relief pitcher Juan Sosa hit Perez, loading the bases for the Aeros. Rodriguez brought Aguilar in on a groundout, and the Aeros were within a run at 5-4.
Reading would extend the lead in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a walk by Hanzawa, a single by Gillies, a wild pitch, a walk by shortstop Edgar Duran, and first baseman Jim Murphy getting hit by a pitch.
Down 6-4 with two outs in the top of the ninth, everything was seemingly in the bag for Reading.
With two men on base and Jesus Aguilar at the plate, Reading reliever Kyle Simon threw two consecutive wild pitches, scoring third baseman Giovanny Urshela and moving Holt to third. Aguilar then singled, scoring Holt and tying the game in dramatic fashion. The Aeros were unable to take the lead, but were more than willing to prolong the afternoon and go into the bottom of the ninth tied at 6-6.
While Reading threatened in the bottom of the ninth, they were unable to get a run on the board and the game went to extras for the second straight night.
The Aeros took the lead in the top of the tenth, after being behind or down for the entire game.
Lattimore started the inning with a walk, and was moved over to second base on a ground out from Perez. Rodriguez followed suit, grounded out, and Lattimore was moved to third. With two outs and a man on third base, Giovanny Urshela gave Reading a knock-out blow.
Driving a double to the gap, Lattimore scored, and after their topsy-turvy afternoon, the Aeros had their first and final lead of the day, 7-6.
Aeros reliever Jose Flores shut down the Fighting Phils in order in the bottom of the 10th and the Aeros won a thriller.
While it looked like Akron might fall to a game below .500, down to their final out in the top of the ninth, the Aeros move to 19-18 on the season. The Fighting Phils fall, in heart wrenching fashion, to 14-21.
The Aeros took three out of four from Reading, and are off to Binghamton, New York to take on the Mets.
Tomorrow’s game, set to start at 6:35, has Mets’ starter Cory Mazzoni, up against a starter for the Aeros that is yet to be determined.