Reading Beats Erie Amid Roster Changes

Dan Giese has been a good find for the Phillies farm system, since they scooped him up earlier in the season. Giese won his second game for Reading Monday night. Meanwhile, Reading players are getting acquainted with some new faces and have said goodbye to some old friends lately as the Phillies made some minor league moves.

Nate Espy drove in the winning run as the Reading Phillies edged the Erie SeaWolves, 4-3, in 11 innings. Espy, who did not get a hit in his first five plate appearances, hit a one-out single into left-center field to drive in Jorge Padilla. Aaron McNeal singled and scored in the second inning, lifted a sacrifice fly in the sixth and singled in the 11th before being lifted for pinch-runner Padilla. Juan Richardson went 3-for-4 and ripped a run-scoring double in the second inning for Reading, which has won 13 of its last 15 games.

Dan Giese (2-1) fanned five batters in three one-hit innings to earn the win for the Phillies.

Billy Munoz, who finished 4-for-4, hit a two-out homer in the second inning for Erie and led off eighth with a longball to tie the score at 3-3. Brian Schmack (2-2) surrendered a run and three hits in 1 1/3 innings to suffer the loss for Erie, who dropped to 2-2 against Reading this season.

The roster, it is a changin'. The Phillies sent Reading pitcher Mike Wilson to the San Francisco Giants for Damon Minor.

The 22 year-old, 6-foot-7 Wilson was 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in nine games with the Reading Phillies. He was moved to the bullpen after making six starts at the beginning of the season. Ironically, Wilson recorded a win in relief Friday against Norwich, who he'll now be pitching for.

Minor is 29 and has spent parts of three seasons in the majors with San Francisco. In 112 major league games, Minor has notched 13 homeruns and driven in 33 runs while batting .229 for the Giants. Minor spent most of the 2002 season in the majors and hit .237 with ten homeruns and 24 RBI in 83 games. The Phillies have assigned Minor to AAA Scranton as insurance against Dave Hollins threatened retirement.

The changes didn't stop there. The Phillies also added two right-handed pitchers to the Reading roster.

The Phillies purchased the contract of Brad Guy from the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned him to Reading. Guy was originally a 27th round pick by the Pirates in 1997 out of Cal State University-Los Angeles where he was a teammate and roommate of current Red Baron Uriel Casillas. Guy went 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in eight games for Altoona, pitching mostly out of the bullpen before being placed on the roster of short-season, class A Williamsport on May third.

The Phillies also signed RHP Ian Harvey as a minor league free agent. Harvey started the season with AA Mobil (Padres) of the Southern League and was 2-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 9 games before being released on May second.

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