The Reading Fightin' Phils hold baseball's best record thanks to a nine-game winning streak

After falling just short of an Eastern League Championship last season, the Reading Fightin' Phils are looking to put themselves into position to go all the way in 2016. The team has now won nine straight to move 28 games over .500 on the year.

Wednesday night, it was Jesmuel Valentin who put the Fightins up to stay with a solo home run in the 10th inning against Hartford. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played in Hartford's new park, was moved to Reading because of delays in completing the stadium. The win moved Reading to 47-19 in the Eastern League Eastern Division and has them 8 1/2 games ahead of second place Trenton. It also clinched the fifth straight series win for the Fightins.

Hartford jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Fightin Phils in the bottom of the third as David Dahl hit a three-run home run off starter Tyler Viza. Yard Goats starter Antonio Senzatela left the game after four innings due to injury.  He gave up one hit and issued two walks with four strikeouts.

Reading tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Dylan Cozens hit an RBI single off Yard Goats reliever Konnor Wade for the first run of the inning. Pat Valaika committed an error that allowed Valentin and Christian Marrero to score and tie the game.  

Harold Martinez hit a pinch-hit solo home run off Matt Pierpont in the top of the seventh to give the Fightin Phils a 4-3 lead. It was the first pinch-hit home run for Reading since April 17th when Jake Fox did it in Harrisburg. The home run for Martinez was his fourth of the season.

Joely Rodriguez took over for Viza in the bottom of the seventh, with Viza allowing three runs through six innings. Rodriguez pitched two scoreless innings as he recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Nunez (3-0) entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, and Hartford tied the game at 4-4 as Michael Benjamin delivered an RBI single. Nunez was charged with his second blown save of the season, but would wind up getting the win thanks to Valentin's 10th inning heroics.

Hoby Milner entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and got Ryan McMahon to ground-out to end the game. Milner recorded his second save of the season and his career.

Elsewhere... Toronto 7
Philadelphia 2
WP: Marco Estrada (5-2), LP: Jeremy Hellickson (4-5), SV: none
Cody Asche was a triple short of hitting for the cycle; drove in two runs, scored one.

Gwinnett 5
Lehigh Valley 7
WP: Luis Garcia (4-1), LP: Lucas Sims (2-6), SV: Edward Mujica (15)
HR: GWI - Emilio Bonifacio (1); LV - Taylor Featherston (9)
J.P. Crawford and Brock Stassi each delivered three hits for Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley now has 61 HR on the season, after hitting 69 all of last season. Bradenton 9
Clearwater 7
WP: Colten Brewer (3-7), LP: Shane Watson (1-3), SV: Luis Heredia (7)
HR: BRA - Kevin Newman (3); CLW - Zach Green (7), Andrew Pullin (4)
Carlos Tocci and Zach Green each had three hits.
Clearwater scored four in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't finish the rally. Hagerstown 6
Lakewood 5
WP: Jefry Rodriguez (6-2), LP: Franklyn Kilome (1-6), SV: Trey Lambert (1)
HR: HAG - none; LKW - Grenny Cumana (1)
Cumana had two hits, scored runs and drove in one for Lakewood.

Wednesday's Transactions - None

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