In a four-game series in Trenton, Reading managed just eight runs and was shutout twice, but still managed to split the series. On Monday, they were in New Hampshire to face the Fisher Cats and came to life, smacking 15 hits in their 9-5 win. Andrew Pullin and Dylan Cozens combined to drive in all of the runs.
Reading manager Dusty Wathan now has 350 career wins, tying him with former manager Billy Dancy.
The Fightin Phils jumped ahead 4-0 against the Fisher Cats in the top of the first inning. Jesmuel Valentin led off the inning with a double then scored on an RBI single by Pullin. Jorge Alfaro singled in the following at-bat and Cozens followed with a three-run home run, his 25th of the season.
New Hampshire scored two runs off starter Nick Pivetta (9-4) in the bottom of the second, then another run in the bottom of the third to cut Reading’s lead to 4-3. Pullin hit a three-run home run in the top of the fourth off Fisher Cats starter Luis Santos (5-2) to give Reading a 7-3 lead. The home run was his fourth with the Fightin Phils.
The Fisher Cats added two more runs off Pivetta in the bottom of the fifth to get back within two runs, 7-5, but Cozens would hit a two-run double off John Anderson in the top of the sixth to extend the Fightin Phils lead to 9-5.
Alexis Rivero entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, and threw two scoreless innings in relief. Mario Hollands entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and didn’t allow a run, and Hoby Milner pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
Philadelphia 2 (11)
WP: Kyle Barraclough (6-2), LP: Brett Obertholtzer (2-2), SV: A.J. Ramos (30)
HR: MIA - Martin Prado (3); PHI - Tommy Joseph (12)
Aaron Nola: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Lehigh Valley 4
WP: Phil Klein (1-0), LP: Tyler Glasnow (7-3), SV: none
Phil Klein made his first start for Lehigh Valley and threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits, striking out six.
Bradenton 0 (10)
WP: Victor Arano (3-1), LP: Luis Heredia (4-2), SV: Matt Hockenberry (2)
John Richy threw seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks. Aaron Altherr 1-for-4 in his first game with Clearwater. Mitch Walding with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth.
Charleston 1 (8)
WP: Jeff Singer (2-0), LP: Cody Carroll (3-4), SV: Sutter McLoughlin (3)
Two-run double by Damek Tomscha in the eighth to put Lakewood ahead. Jeff Singer three shutout relief innings.
WP: Seranthony Dominguez (2-1), LP: Nestor Cortes (6-2), SV: Ismael Cabrera (1)
HR: LKW - Wilson Garcia (2); CHAR - none
Zack Coppola 2-for-3, now hitting .327 on the season. Seranthony Dominguez six innings of one-hit ball, walking three, striking out six.
West Virginia 4
WP: Ranger Suarez (3-0), LP: Stephan Meyer (1-4), SV: none
HR: WV - Hunter Owen (3); WMSP - Juan Luis (3)
Arquimedes Gamboa four hits, Mark Laird three hits and a walk; both scored two runs in the game. Ranger Suarez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2.56 ERA.
The GCL Phillies were suspended by rain. They will play a double-header against the GCL Braves Tuesday.
OF Aaron Altherr assigned to Clearwater on a rehab assignment.