READING PHILLIES 5, AKRON AEROS 0
KEY STATS: Fresh off a perfect game in his last outing, Aeros starter Jeanmar Gomez was strictly pedestrian this time out. The right-hander gave up all of Reading's five runs (four earned) on a season-high eight hits and two walks as the Phillies cruised to their fifth consecutive win. The unearned run in third inning came on a Gomez fielding error.
"He was a little anxious out there," Aeros pitching coach Ruben Niebla said of Gomez. "But there's always a little bit of a hang over when you're coming off something so rare like that. Today he elevated some fastballs and they hit them right in the gap."
KEY MOMENTS: Reading spread out its offense among the third through fifth innings, recording a pair of runs in both the third and fourth frames while adding another in the fifth...Brian Stavisky hit a solo home run in the fourth inning as part of a series of three consecutive extra-base hits against Gomez.
STORM'S STARS: It was all Reading Tuesday as the Phillies offense pounded out 10 hits while the pitching staff increased its consecutive shutout streak to 18 innings with nine more scoreless frames in shutting out the Aeros a day after after blanking Altoona 6-0.
NOTES: Aeros shortstop Carlos Rivero injured his shin after colliding with left fielder Matt McBride on a ball hit to shallow left by Reading's Carlos Leon with two outs in the eighth inning. Although McBride was fine, Rivero remained on the ground for a few minutes and required a visit from trainer Michael Salazar before slowly walking off the field.
"He'll probably be a little sore, but he'll be alright," Aeros manager Mike Sarbaugh said.
Earlier in the action, Aeros catcher Carlos Santana was taken out of the game and replaced by back up Damaso Espino, but not because of an injury.
"He didn't run out a ball," Sarbaugh said, referring to Santana's pop up to second base near foul territory for the second out of the fourth inning.
UP NEXT: The Aeros and Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies) play the second game in this three-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Canal Park. Aeros left-hander Chuck Lofgren (3-1, 1.35 ERA) and R-Phils right-hander Michael Stutes (3-1, 3.98 ERA) are the scheduled pitchers.
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