Aeros run into 7th inning trouble, lose 7-2
READING -- The Reading Phillies scored five times in the seventh inning Saturday night to break open a tie ball game, easing their way to a 7-2 win over the Akron Aeros at First Energy Stadium.
With the score tied 2-2, the Phillies (36-27) batted around in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits off Akron starter T.J. House (4-2, 3.55), including a solo homer by catcher Sebastian Valle and a two-run double by right fielder Leandro Castro.
House posted his worst start of the season after coming off a string of four straight dominant starts in which he won three games and posted a 1.03 ERA. He struggled to keep runners off base, allowing 13 hits, including two home runs and three doubles. He also allowed a walk while striking out just one batter in four and one-third innings. He allowed a season-high seven earned runs.
The Phillies collected 15 hits in the game, a season-high against the Aeros.
The Aeros (41-22) fought their way back into the game twice early on with two solo home runs. Down 1-0, in the second, catcher Michel Hernandez hit a homer to left, his first of the season. In the fourth, after the Reading took a 2-1 lead, shortstop Juan Diaz launched his fifth homer to right to make it 2-2.
Diaz continued his improved play since returning from his stint with the Cleveland Indians. In his last 10 games, he has 9 hits, including two dingers and a double.
Designated hitter Chun Chen hit a single in the eight to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.
Reading starter Trevor May (6-4, 4.78) was effective through six innings, allowing just two solo shots, the only Akron runs of the game.
With the game out of reach, Akron relievers Rob Bryson and Preston Guilmet combined to throw the final three and two-thirds innings. Bryson allowed just one hit and struck out two while Guilmet allowed no runs in his inning of work.
Over two and two-thirds innings of relief, Bryson did not walk a batter, the first time he has allowed no walks in over 10 appearances.
The Aeros and Phillies will continue the series Saturday with a 5:35 p.m. doubleheader, making up a rainout game from April 20th. Both games will be seven innings. In the first game, lefty Giovanni Soto (5-2, 4.08) will start for Akron Reading right-hander David Buchanan (3-5, 4.01). In the game two, the Aeros will spot start Toru Murata (0-1, 5.12) against Phillies right-hander Jordan Whatcott (1-0, 1.78).
Notes: Jordan Henry went 1-for-4 in his first game with the Aeros this season. … Davis Stoneburner went hitless and has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats. … Announced attendance: 9,750.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.