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Catcher Jorge Alfaro returned to the Reading Fightin' Phils lineup Saturday night after being activated from the DL

Just in time for a double-header, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro was back in the Reading lineup Saturday night against Portland. Alfaro went 1-for-3 in the opening game, showing no ill-effects of the injury, and helping lead the Fightins to a win.


After spending over two weeks on the DL with a strained oblique, Jorge Alfaro doesn't seem to have lost anything off his hitting stroke. The 22-year old was hitting an even .500 (18-for-36) when he went on the DL, but dropped to .487 after his 1-for-3 performance in Saturday night's opening game. At the time of the injury, Alfaro was just coming off being named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the opening 10 days of the season.

Alfaro's sixth inning double drove in Roman Quinn to tie the game 1-1. The hit gives Alfaro a nine-game hitting streak. 

Reading would go on to win game one on a walk-off single from Angelo Mora, scoring K.C. Serna, who pinch-ran for Jake Fox. Mora's hit made reliever Tom Windle (1-1) the winning pitcher after he came on in relief of Ricardo Pinto. Pinto pitched six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out three hitters.

Alfaro didn't play in game two, but Reading again won in walk-off fashion, this time in extra innings. Harold Martinez singled home Serna, who again was pinch-running for Fox, who hit a one-out single to start the winning rally. One out after Fox's hit, Serna was moved over to second on a walk to Mora, just ahead of Martinez' single that gave the Fightins a 5-4 win.

Dylan Cozens hit a solo home run for Reading in game two.

Yacksel Rios, in a spot start for Reading, made it through just three innings of work, giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks. Lefty Hoby Milner was awarded the win after pitching a perfect eighth inning for Reading. Pitcher Gregory Infante allowed the tying run in the sixth. Matt Hockenberry made his Double-A debut in the game for Reading and threw two perfect innings, striking out one hitter in the process.



Philadelphia 4, Miami 3

Cesar Hernandez (2-for-4)

WP: Brett Oberholtzer (2-0), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (10)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8, Lehigh Valley 7 (10)

Will Venable (3-for-4, 5 RBI), a triple away from hitting for the cycle, all five RBI came with two outs.

LP: Reinier Roibal (0-1, 7.07)

HR: Brock Stassi (1), W. Venable (1)

Tampa 4, Clearwater 0

Kyle Martin (3-for-4)

LP: Michael Mariot (0-1)

Kannapolis 12, Lakewood 3

Emmanuel Marrero (3-for-4)

LP: Harold Arauz (1-3)

HR: Jose Pujols (7)

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