The Akron Aeros scored just one run as they lost the regular season home finale to the Reading Phillies 6-1 Thursday at Canal Park.
With the loss (and a Richmond loss), Akron's elimination number is down to two.
Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland suffered the loss for the Aeros pitching seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out six while walking two.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd recorded the win for Reading tossing 6.2 innings, giving up one earned run on eight hits and striking out five while walking one. Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg earned the save pitching 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The R-Phils (70-68) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Derrick Mitchell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded forcing home Ozzie Chavez.
Chavez singled home Chris Lubanski an inning later to increase the lead to 2-0.
Reading added runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-0 lead.
The Aeros (70-68) lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Jordan Henry RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1.
That was all Akron would muster as Reading added two runs in the top of the ninth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros will head to Harrisburg on Friday to close out the 2011 regular season with four games against the Senators. Akron has yet to determine a starter for Friday's game. Harrisburg will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Shairon Martis, who is 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7 p.m.