Thursday's Aeros game: Aeros 6, Phillies 3
Key Situation: Trailing 3-0 after the top of the third inning, the Aeros responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to get on the board. Then, 2B Karexon Sanchez made just his second hit of the season a big one, his two-run home run in the fourth inning putting the Aeros ahead 4-2. Sanchez finished the night with three RBI with a run-scoring sacrifice in the sixth.
"He's started off a little slow but it's early in the season," Aeros manager Chris Tremie said of Sanchez. "He's trying to continue working on his swing and get comfortable. In addition to the home run, he got the bunt down when he needed to."
Quick Hits: The Aeros tacked on single insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings, RF John Drennen driving in a run in the fifth on a double...The Aeros bullpen made the lead stick as LHP Eric Berger and RHP Nick Hagadone combined to pitch 3 2/3 innings scoreless innings and closer Cory Burns sat the side down in order to earn his league-leading sixth save...LHP T.J. McFarland earned a no decision in his first game with the Aeros this season, allowing all three of Readings three runs in the third inning, giving up six hits in 4 1/3 innings overall.
"It was a very good start for him," Tremie said. "He came out and had two really quick innings, kept the ball down and threw some really good breaking balls. He ran into some trouble in the third and left the ball up to a pretty good hitter (Reading DH Matt Rizzotti, who hit a two-run double)."
Overall, McFarland was pleased with his first outing.
"I think I did well (overall)," he said. "In the third there wasn't one single thing, it was just one of those innings. I just relied on the defense to help me out of that situation with the bases loaded and one out. After the third I kind of calmed down and came back out in the fourth to go three up and three down. It was especially nice after our team scored two runs in the bottom of the third."
Next Up: Aeros LHP Matt Packer (0-1, 5.91 ERA) is slated to face Phillies RHP J.C. Ramirez (2-0, 2.03 ERA) Friday at Canal Park at 3:05 p.m. in the second game of this three-game series.
Did you know? Reading has two former Aeros on its roster in LHP Ryan Edell and 3B Carlos Rivero.
Rivero, who played shortstop for the Aeros the last two years, is batting .214 in 13 games with two doubles, home run and five RBI for the Phillies. He went 0-for-1 Thursday with three walks.
Edell is 1-0 with 3.63 ERA in three starts for Reading with three walks and 17 strikeouts.