Game Recaps 6/2: Espino pitches Aeros to victory
|Paolo Espino (Photo: Lianna Holub)|
The Akron Aeros downed the Reading Phillies 8-4 Thursday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
Right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino recorded the win for the Aeros tossing six innings of relief, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out six while walking none. Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz made the start for Akron lasting three innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits, walking five and striking out four.
Right-hander J.C. Ramirez suffered the loss for the R-Phils pitching four innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on six hits, walking five and striking out one.
The Aeros (26-29) got on the board in the top of the first inning. Jordan Henry led off with a walk and quickly stole second. With two outs, Henry advanced to third on a J.C. Ramirez wild pitch. Beau Mills followed with a single scoring Henry and giving Akron a 1-0 lead.
The R-Phils (28-24) answered in the bottom of the second inning. Niuman Romero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Tim Kennelly followed with a two-RBI double to give Reading a 3-1 lead.
Akron retook the lead in the top of the third inning. Donnie Webb led off with a double and Henry moved him to third on a sacrifice bunt. Tim Fedroff reached on a fielding error allowing Webb to score to make it 3-2. Matt McBride followed with a two-run home run giving the Aeros a 4-3 lead.
The Aeros added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning. Karexon Sanchez was hit by a pitch with one out. With two outs, Sanchez stole second and Webb walked. Henry and Fedroff followed with back-to-back RBI singles to make it 6-3. McBride capped the inning with an RBI double to give the Aeros a 7-3 lead.
Reading got a run back in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 7-4.
Akron added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros will return home to begin a three-game series with the Binghamton Mets Friday. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner will get the start for Akron. Gardner is 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow righty Brandon Moore, who is 4-3 with a 4.27 ERA this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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