Ricardo Pinto (4-4) tossed five shutout innings to earn his fourth win in an 11-3 win over the Binghamton Mets (48-54) on Wednesday night. The Fightin Phils (70-34) earn their 22nd series win as they scored in every inning but one.
Reading took a 1-0 lead off Mickey Jannis in the bottom of the first as Dylan Cozens delivered an RBI double, his 30th of the season. The Fightin Phils scored three more runs off Jannis in the bottom of the third to take a 4-0 lead when Jorge Alfaro came through with an RBI single and Cozens delivered his second double of the night, to drive in two runs.
Alfaro would add another RBI single off Logan Taylor in the bottom of the fourth to extend Reading’s lead to 5-0 and an inning later, Jake Fox belted his 18th home run of the season to add another run. Fox would hit his 19th home run in the eighth inning that would stretch Reading's lead to 11-2.
Pinto left the game after five innings of work, and Mario Hollands entered the game in the top of the sixth and surrendered a run in just 1/3 of an inning of work before yielding to Gregory Infante, who got the final two outs in the inning.
Scott Kingery launched his first Double-A home run in the bottom of the sixth to give Reading a 7-1 lead and a sacrifice fly from Rhys Hoskins stretched the lead to 8-1. Infante allowed a run in the top of the seventh, but Reading struck right back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Christian Marrero and an RBI single from Alfaro to make it 10-2.
Alexis Rivero entered the game in the top of the eighth and threw a scoreless inning, but Binghamton would get one final run off Jimmy Cordero in the top of the ninth. Cordero was making his first appearance for Reading since September of 2015, after being reassigned from Clearwater earlier in the week.
WP: Adam Conley (7-5), LP: Zach Eflin (3-4), SV: none
HR: PHIL - none; MIA - Giancarlo Stanton (22)
Odubel Herrera 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Lehigh Valley 6
WP: Ben Lively (5-4), LP: Austin Voth (5-7), SV: Luis Garcia (6)
HR: SYR - Brian Goodwin (10); LV - none
Ben Lively: 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
WP: Tejay Antone (10-6), LP: Luke Leftwich (2-3), SV: Jimmy Herget (17)
Luke Leftwich: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Williamsport was off on Wednesday. They will host the State College Spikes Thursday night.
GCL Phillies 3
GCL Yankees West 9
WP: Jordan Ovailes (5-0), LP: Will Stewart (1-2), SV: Jose Pujols (3)
Daniel Brito, Lenin Rodriguez, Jose Anteguera and Edwin Rodriguez with two hits each.
LHP Joey DeNato reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
2B Josh Tobias reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
RHP Ranfi Casimiro placed on the DL.