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Three home games left, Akron Aeros host Reading Phillies

By Jonas Published: August 30, 2011

The Akron Aeros are down to three remaining home games at Canal Park and are trying to make the best of the situation, winning three of their last four games.

It’s left open the slight possibility they could still be a playoff team, although they’ll need a lot of help from Richmond and Bowie. The Aeros are 3.5 games behind second-place Bowie (72-62) and three games behind third-place Richmond (72-63).

Here are the starting lineups for tonight….

Reading Phillies (68-67)
1. Michael Spidale, LF
2. Steve Singleton, 2B
3. Carlos Rivero, 3B
4. Brent Clevlen, RF
5. Matt Rizzotti, 1B
6. Derrick Mitchell, CF
7. John Suomi, DH
8. Tuffy Gosewich, C
9. Troy Hanzawa, SS

Starting Pitcher: Right-hander Austin Hyatt (11-6, 3.87 ERA)

Akron Aeros (66-64)
1. Jordan Henry, CF
2. Cristo Arnal, 2B
3. Juan Diaz, SS
4. Chun Chen, DH
5. Michel Herandez, C
6. John Drennen, LF
7. Kyle Bellows, 3B
8. Raul Padron, 1B
9. Donnie Webb, RF

Starting Pitcher: right-hander Brett Brach (1-1, 3.31 ERA)

NOTES: Left-hander Kelvin De la Cruz picked up a save in Sunday night’s game, his first professional save since 2005. De La Cruz has pitched well since joining the bullpen, with nine strikeouts and no runs in 3 1/3 innings….The Aeros are 7-7 against Reading this year, but have won the last five meetings.

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