The Reading Fightin Phils (62-26) recorded new seasons highs and hit milestones they haven’t seen in years as they beat the Bowie Baysox (37-50) 21-4 on Friday night. Reading recorded it’s first 20-plus run performance and their first five home run game since 2007.
The Fightin Phils jumped to an early 3-0 lead against Baysox starter David Hess (3-9) in the bottom of the first. Andrew Pullin hit a one-out single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games (16 with Clearwater) then scored on a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins. Dylan Cozens homered in the next at-bat for his 24th of the season.
Bowie got a run off Tom Eshelman (2-0) in the top of the second as Joey Terdoslavich scored on a groundout by Chris O’Brien. The Fightin Phils blew the game open by scoring six runs off Hess in the bottom of the second to take a 9-1 lead. K.C. Serna led off the inning with a home run, and later, Pullin delivered an RBI double. Hoskins followed with an RBI single ahead of a walk to Cozens. Jake Fox reached on an error to load the bases and Harold Martinez worked a walk to push a run across. Serna ended the scoring with an RBI single.
Eshelman gave up three runs in the top of the third as Bowie cut Reading’s lead to 9-4. The Fightins scored two runs in the bottom of the third against Baysox reliever Jon Keller. Pullin hit a two-run home run - his third of the season - with one out. Reading scored five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 16-4 lead. Osmel Aguila hit a two-run single, Hoskins contributed a sacrifice fly, and Cozens chipped in with an RBI triple. Aguila also scored on a wild pitch.
Reading scored five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 21-4 lead. Gabriel Lino delivered an RBI double, then scored on a three-run home run by Aguila, who recorded the first five-RBI game of his career in the states. Cozens added an RBI single in the inning.
The Fightin Phils saw five players hit home runs and record multi-hit games. Jeremy Bleich and Alexis Rivero both pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
WP: Vincent Velasquez (8-2), LP: Jake McGee (0-3), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (24)
HR: PHI - Tommy Joseph (10); COL - none
Joseph made his first pinch-hit performance of his career and hit a three-run home run to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. Velasquez allowed two earned runs over six innings.
Lehigh Valley 3
WP: Ben Lively (4-2), LP: Wilmer Font (0-1), SV: Edward Mujica (23)
HR: LV - Darnell Sweeney (5); BUF - Matt Dominguez (9)
Lively threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Darin Ruf was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
St. Lucie 3
WP: Andrew Church (2-1), LP: Ranfi Casimiro (7-6), SV: Ben Griset (3)
HR: STL - none; CLW - Mitch Walding (10)
Matt Hockenberry and Victor Arano combined to allow just one hit and one walk in 4 2/3 innings of relief.
West Virginia at Lakewood was postponed by rain. The two teams will play a double-header Saturday.
WP: Zach Muckenhim (1-1), LP: Bailey Falter (0-3), SV: Garrett Cortright (1)
HR: ABE - Chris Clare (2), Chris Shaw (1); WMS - none
Arquimedes Gamboa went 2-for-4 with a double. Kenny Koplove and Alexander Kline delivered two innings each of shutout relief, with both allowing just one hit, no walks and striking out two.
GCL Phillies 10
GCL Tigers West 3
WP: Mauricio Llovera (2-0), LP: Matt Manning (0-1), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Aaron Altherr (1), Evan Rogers (2); TIG - none.
Evan Rogers, a non-drafted free agent, hit his second home run in as many days and is now batting .389. Mickey Moniak had three hits to up his average to .400 and Aaron Altherr homered in the first at-bat of his rehab assignment.
Find out more about Aaron Altherr's first game back.
LHP Adam Morgan optioned to Lehigh Valley.
RHP Andrew Bailey (hamstring) activated from the DL.
RHP John Richy reassigned to Reading from Clearwater.
RHP Jose Nin reassigned to Clearwater from the GCL Phillies.
LHP Austin Davis reassigned to Lakewood from Clearwater.
RHP Drew Anderson reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
RHP Ismael Cabrera reassigned to the GCL Phillies from Clearwater.