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.