The Reading Fightin Phils pulled off a triple play Thursday and then won in a strange way over the Akron Rubber Ducks

Akron's J.P. Feyereisen was simply trying to issue an intentional walk when the unthinkable happened. The pitch sailed to the backstop and an alert Dylan Cozens raced home from third with the winning run.

In what was a weird game, the Reading Fightin' Phils won their second straight to move to 51-22 on the season. 

Not only did they score the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning on a wild pitch that came during an intentional walk, but they also pulled off a triple play during the game. It was the first triple play by Reading since August 31, 2005 in a game at Harrisburg.

The play came in the top of the ninth inning when Gregory Infante had allowed a base-hit and issued a walk to put runners on first and second. Jordan Smith popped a bunt back toward the mound and Infante alertly let the ball drop rather than race to make a catch. He then threw to Harold Martinez at third, who threw to K.C. Serna at second, who completed the trifecta with a throw to first baseman Rhys Hoskins to pull off the rare gem.

Earlier in the game, Hoskins launched his 19th home run of the season down the third base line to give Reading a 5-3 lead. The home run ties Hoskins with teammate Cozens for the most in all of Minor League Baseball. Andrew Pullin, playing in his first Double-A game, went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Righty Tom Eshelman, also making his Double-A debut, gave Reading five innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and one walk, while striking out five. Joely Rodriguez pitched the top of the 11th and got the win when Reading scored in the bottom of the frame on the wild pitch.

(Video courtesy, and the Reading Fightin' Phils)


Philadelphia 7
Minnesota 3
WP: Jared Eickhoff (5-9), LP: Ricky Nolasco (3-5), SV: none
HR: PHL - Ryan Howard (11), Freddy Galvis (7); MIN - none
Carlos Hernandez went 4-for-4 and Freddy Galvis drove in a career-high five runs. Hernandez wasn't in the initial lineup, but was inserted when the lineup got shuffled due to Tommy Joseph being ill.

Lehigh Valley 0
Norfolk 6
WP: Ariel Miranda (2-7), LP: James Russell (2-3), SV: Richard Rodriguez (2)
HR: LV - none; NOR - Ozzie Martinez (2)
Russell was hit for six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing eight hits and two walks. In his last four starts, Russell has an ERA of 10.00 in 18 innings.

Clearwater 7
Brevard County 4
WP: Yacksel Rios (2-1), LP: Jon Perrin (1-5), SV: Victor Arano (2)
HR: CLW - Zach Green (9); BRE - Fidel Pena (2)
Chace Numata went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Arano threw three perfect innings, striking out six to get the save.

Lakewood 8
Greenville 7 (10)
WP: Jacob Waguespack (4-1), LP: Trevor Kelley (0-1), SV: Zach Morris (1)
HR: LKW - Wilson Garcia (1); GRE - none
Josh Tobias, Damek Tomscha and Garcia all collected three hits, with Garcia's home run in the top of the 10th being the game-winner. Carlos Duran (0-for-5) was the only Lakewood player without a hit.

Mahoning Valley 1
Williamsport 2 (10)
WP: Alexander Kline (1-0), LP: Henry Martinez (0-1), SV: none
Jesus Alastre went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Crosscutters, including the game-winning single to score Jose Antequera in the bottom of the 10th.

Thursday's Transactions
C Joel Fisher placed on the 7-day DL (right shin contusion).
C Gabriel Lino reassigned from Clearwater.
OF Andrew Pullin reassigned from Clearwater.

C Austin Bossart reassigned from Lakewood.
OF Jiandido Tromp reassigned from Lakewood.

C Wilson Garcia activated from the DL.
C Edgar Cabral reassigned from extended camp.

OF Jake Sweaney released by Philadelphia.
RHP Julian Garcia (2016 Draft, Round 10) assigned to Williamsport.
RHP Jake Kelzer (2016 Draft, Round 18) assigned to Williamsport.
C Henri Lartigue (2016 Draft, Round 7) assigned to Williamsport.
RHP Blake Quinn (2016 Draft, Round 9) assigned to Williamsport.
RHP Grant Dyer (2016 Draft, Round 8) assigned to Williamsport.

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