Reading downs Akron 7-1

Aeros lose 7-1 to Reading
Aeros lose 7-1 to Reading

Right-handed pitcher Brett Brach allowed four runs in the top of the second inning as the Akron Aeros lost game two of a four-game series against the Reading Phillies 7-1 Tuesday at Canal Park.

Brach suffered the loss for Akron pitching six innings, giving up six hits and walking four while striking out none.

Right-hander Austin Hyatt recorded the win for Reading tossing six innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and striking out eight while walking one.

Matt Rizzotti led off the second with a solo home run to give the R-Phils (69-67) a 1-0 lead. Derrick Mitchell followed with a single and advanced to second on a John Suomi walk. Mitchell and Suomi pulled off a double steal to move to second and third. Mitchell scored on a Tuffy Gosewisch double to make it 2-0. Later in the frame, Steve Singleton rapped a two-RBI single to increase the lead to 4-0.

Chun Chen hit a solo home run in the home half of the second to cut the Reading lead to 4-1.

It remained 4-1 until Rizzotti hit his second solo shot of the game in the top of the eighth inning to make it 5-1. Reading added two more runs in the inning and went on to the win.

The Aeros (69-67) and R-Phils play game three of this four-game set on Thursday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Steve Wright, who is 2-3 with a 5.66 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow right-hander Tyson Brummett, who is 3-8 with a 4.69 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.