Recap 07/22: R-Phils Snap Akron’s Streak, Defeat Aeros 4-1

READING,
PA – The Reading Phillies ended a seven-game winning streak for the Aeros
Thursday night, defeating Akron 4-1 in front of a home crowd of 8,319 fans at
First Energy Stadium. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor went eight efficient innings
for Reading as his team led throughout the contest thanks to a first inning run
against Aeros starter Nick Hagadone. Despite the loss, Akron (52-46) remains
only a half-game behind second-place Bowie in the Western Division while the
Phillies improved to 48-49 this season.

Reading
second baseman Harold Garcia recorded the early blow with one out in the first
against Hagadone. On a 2-1 pitch, he homered for the first time this season,
giving the Phillies a very quick 1-0 lead that they would preserve for the rest
of the night.

The
lefty Hagadone, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, left
after three innings in favor of usual Aeros starter Eric Berger due to a
limited pitch count. Berger then promptly allowed the game’s second one-out
homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, yet again to left field and this time
by Reading third baseman Kevin Mahar.

Akron
finally pounced on Naylor in the fifth, as shortstop Carlos Rivero hit a
leadoff double for the first hit in a span of 13 batters. Rivero then advanced
to third base on a groundout by catcher Miguel Perez and scored immediately
after on an RBI single to left by second baseman Cristo Arnal. The run cut the
deficit to 2-1, but the Phillies responded yet again.

Leadoff
center fielder Michael Spidale doubled with two outs in the bottom of that fifth
and Mahar collected his second RBI on a single to right. Reading scored their
final run of the night in the seventh on a Spidale single before eventually
stranding the bases loaded.

Naylor
(9-7) was dominant in earning the victory, allowing multiple base runners in
only the fifth inning. He became one of five Eastern League pitchers to win
nine games this season and recorded five strikeouts against four hits, two
walks and the lone run of the game. Hagadone (1-1) took his first Double-A loss
in seven games, permitting just one run in three innings before Berger gave up
three more (two earned) in his three frames. Reading closer Justin De Fratus
then picked up his first save with a shutout ninth.

Arnal
was the only Aero to reach base multiple times overall as he finished 1-for-2
with a walk and the game’s only RBI. First baseman Matt McBride doubled to
extend his road on-base streak to 42 consecutive games while red-hot second
baseman Jason Kipnis earned the night off after hitting safely in the first
seven games after the EL All-Star Break.

The
Aeros look to get back to their winning ways as this four-game weekend series
continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at First Energy Stadium in Reading. Akron
left-hander Scott Barnes (5-8, 4.95 ERA) hopes to continue his hot pitching in
July against recently named Phillies starter John Ennis (2-0, 3.03 ERA). 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 Akron Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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