AKRON AEROS 6, READING PHILLIES 5 - Game One
READING PHILLIES 2, AKRON AEROS 1 - Game Two
KEY STATS: Aeros outfielder Nick Weglarz hit three home runs on the day and scored the tying run in Game One on a play at the plate in which he barreled into Reading's catcher to knock the ball loose.
"I was just thinking, 'hit 'em as hard as you can,' Weglarz said with a grin. "Luckily, he's smaller than me."
Edell pitched six shutout innings in Game Two while scattering five hits in one of his best outings of the season.
"I had my slider working really well today for the first time since last year," Edell said. "It had a little bite and some late movement and I was getting a lot of swing and misses with it."
KEY MOMENTS: Reading's Gus Milner hit an in-the-park home run as part of a back-to-back home run barrage in the sixth inning of Game One.
Milner smashed a blast to straight away center that bounced off the wall as Aeros speedy centerfielder Jose Constanza misjudged how close he was to the blue-padded wall and banged into it face first.
By the time right fielder Jerad Head came over to scoop up the ball and get it in to the infield, Milner was racing around third base. Shortstop Carlos Rivero's relay throw was off target up the third-base line, allowing Milner to scoot around the diving tag attempt by catcher Damaso Espino.
STORM'S STARS: Weglarz and Edell.
"Weglarz's play at the plate won the game for us in the first game," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "And that was the best we've seen Edell pitch in awhile. His slider was real good today."
UP NEXT: The Aeros hit the road for a 10-game road trip beginning with a three-game series at Erie that begins tonight at 6:35 p.m. in Erie. Aeros right-hander Josh Tomlin (5-2, 3.98 ERA) and SeaWolves right-hander Jonah Nickerson (2-3, 6.23 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
RADIO: WARF (1350 am).