Recap 07/29: Aeros Rally, Walk Off in 6-5 Win over Reading

AKRON,
OH – The Aeros tied the score in the eighth inning before winning in the ninth,
defeating the visiting Reading Phillies 6-5 in front of a rowdy Canal Park
crowd Thursday night. Catcher Miguel Perez scored first baseman Beau Mills with
the walk-off sacrifice fly to left field, providing the dramatic victory for
Akron’s 3,838 Thirsty Thursday fans. The win improved the third-place Aeros to
55-48 this season, only 4.5 games behind the division-leading Altoona Curve,
while the Phillies fell to 51-52 with the loss.

Cleveland
Indians closer Kerry Wood started the game on his rehab assignment, quickly
retiring all three batters he faced in the top of the first inning. Third
baseman Lonnie Chisenhall then provided a one-out RBI triple in the bottom half
of the inning to plate center fielder Jordan Henry and give Akron an early 1-0
advantage.

The
Phillies responded with four unearned runs against usual Aeros starting pitcher
Alex White in the second. A throwing error by shortstop Carlos Rivero scored
the first run, an RBI bunt single and a two-run triple presented a three-run
deficit for the host team.

Reading’s
lead was short-lived as second baseman Jason Kipnis lined a two-run triple to
right in the fourth inning and Chisenhall followed with a groundout to tie the
score at 4-4.

Flande
and White battled in the ensuing frames while the latter permitted the visiting
team to retake the lead in the seventh. Harold Garcia collected an RBI single
to right but reliever Nick Hagadone escaped a bases loaded jam to prevent any
further damage.

The
comeback then began the in the eighth inning as Perez again started with a
single. Newcomer Lucas Montero drew a walk, Henry laid down a sacrifice bunt
and Kipnis walked before Chisenhall tied the game with a clutch sacrifice fly
to center.

Mills
initiated the final rally in the ninth against reliever James Anderson with a
leadoff double and advanced to third on a Rivero groundout. Anderson
intentionally walked John Drennen to face Perez, who ended the game with his
sac fly before the Akron bench mobbed him near home plate to celebrate the
series-opening victory.

Closer
Omar Aguilar (2-3) earned the victory for the Aeros with a perfect ninth
inning, striking out one batter. Anderson (0-3) took the loss in allowing the
deciding tally while fellow Reading reliever Matt German blew the save in the
eighth. Wood threw only eight pitches in his rehab outing and White followed
with 5.1 innings pitched, permitting five runs (one earned) on seven hits with
a career-high eight strikeouts.

Chisenhall
led the Akron offense as he finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and one of three
combined triples tonight. Mills and Perez each had two hits and Montero was
0-for-2 but drew a pair of walks after earning the promotion from Class A
Kinston earlier in the day.

This
four-game series continues tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. with a Friday Fireworks
spectacular and Kids Cancer Survivors Celebration Night at Canal Park. Lefty
Kelvin De La Cruz (3-5, 5.16 ERA) will start for the surging Aeros against
Reading’s Ty Taubenheim (3-1, 5.14 ERA). Friday’s radio broadcast begins at
6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com. For more information, please call the
Aeros at (330) 253-5151.

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