Akron wins third straight with 5-3 win
READING- After a back-and-forth game the Akron Aeros defeated the Reading Fightin’ Phils 5-3. Saturday night’s game not only started the road trip with a win, but also marked the Aeros third victory in a row.
Both starting pitchers dealt three scoreless innings before the offense took over the game. Reading was the first to score in the fourth, when Tyler Henson launched a solo shot off of Aeros’ starting pitcher Brett Brach.
In the fifth inning Akron’s offense followed suit and came up big. Roberto Perez led the inning off with a single and was nearly stranded before a big two-out rally began. Ronny Rodriguez singled and Jose Ramirez walked, to load the bases. Third baseman Nate Spears hit a double, driving in all three runners.
Spears was acquired by the Indians in November as a free agent and was just recently activated after sustaining an injury.
In the sixth inning, Carlos Moncrief furthered the Aeros lead with his sixth homerun of the season.
The Phils matched the Aeros run in the bottom of the sixth after a Tyson Gillies single, followed by an Edgar Duran double that pushed Gillies home. The double would knock out Brach. Brach struck out four batters in the 5 1/3 innings he pitched.
Rob Bryson relieved Brach, and sailed through the end of the sixth and the start of the seventh. He retired his first four batters, before Anthony Hewitt hit a solo shot to straightaway center in the seventh. This run brought the Phils eerily close to Akron with a 4-3, unfortunately for Reading this would be the last run they score.
Flamethrower Austin Adams was brought in the game in the eighth inning and earned his second save of the season thanks to two scoreless innings.
Akron scored one more run in the ninth inning. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela led off the inning with a single and moved to second on Quincy Latimore’s fielder’s choice. Rodriguez then singled to center field, scoring Urshela home.
The game came to a close with a 5-3 score, adding another win to the Aeros record. Akron will continue their away series Sunday and Monday at Firstenergy Stadium, before returning home for a six game stand.
The Aeros are currently second to last in the standings and will need to make a drastic turn around to pass the Bowie Baysox for the fourth place spot.
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