Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore -- on major league rehab assignment at Akron (right knee contusion/hernia) -- wasted little time getting his first hit on Thursday.
After being the held hitless on Wednesday, he went 3-for-3 on Thursday.
“I just wanted to get the reps I’m not really worried about results,” Sizemore said. “It’s just getting out there and seeing how it feels in the field and at the plate.
Batting leadoff and playing centerfield, Sizemore grounded a 1-1 pitch up the middle for a single in his first at bat. In the third inning, he lined a 2-2 pitch into centerfield for another single.
Finally, Sizemore took an outside, 2-2 pitch down the left field line for a double in his third and final at bat. He didn’t seem to hesitate rounding the first base bag.
“Obviously I’m taking it easy early on here, I’ll continue to work on that and take it slow and gamble a little more each day,” Sizemore said of his base running. “If I had to hesitate, I wouldn’t go out there.”
Defensively, he wasn’t challenged much. A first inning liner went right too him. He did have to field Matt Rizzotti’s triple in the gap in the top the sixth, and didn’t seem to have any problems.
Phillies 6, Aeros 1
Key situation: The Aeros offense never got going. Reading scored a run in each of the first two innings and was never challenged.
Quick hits: The Aeros scored their lone run on an RBI single by Jordan Henry in the seventh inning…Akron reliever Cody Allen struck out two in his double A debut. He pitched an inning and gave up two runs on three hits…Kyle Bellows had two hits and scored the Aeros lone run…Reading second baseman Ozzie Chavez had three hits and drove in three runs…Michael Spidale, Carlos Rivero, Matt Rizzotti and Troy Hanzawa all had two hits for Reading…Rizzotti added a triple. He hit three home runs in the previous two games.
Next game: The Aeros travel to Harrisburg for the final four games of the season. The Aeros are yet to name a starting pitcher for the 7:05 p.m. game tonight. Harrisburg right-hander Shairon Martis (8-5, 2.81 ERA) is scheduled to pitch.